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Rory Gilmore
43925.  Sat Jan 07, 2006 3:43 pm Reply with quote

Feather pillows actually contain fewer dust-mites than the non-feather kind. There's no evidence to suggest it's the other way around.

gerontius grumpus
43940.  Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:09 pm Reply with quote

Perhaps the feather mites chase them away.

Rory Gilmore
43943.  Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:20 pm Reply with quote

Or they build little wings and leave?

gerontius grumpus
43946.  Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:28 pm Reply with quote

They'll have to be careful not to fly too close to the bedside lamp.

Rory Gilmore
43952.  Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:42 pm Reply with quote

Or to the drink spilt on the floor.

43959.  Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:49 pm Reply with quote

Creepy-looking little buggers though, aren't they?

43961.  Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:53 pm Reply with quote

Some things you probably don't want to know about dust mites:

House dust mites are not visible without at least 10X magnification, as they are only 250 to 300 microns in length and have translucent bodies.

Beds are a prime habitat for them - a typical used mattress may have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million mites inside. They prefer warm, moist surroundings such as the inside of a mattress when someone is on it.

Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings.

The mites' favourite food is dander (both human and animal skin flakes). Humans shed about 1/5 ounce of dander (dead skin) each week. About 80 percent of the material seen floating in a sunbeam is actually skin flakes.

Source -

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Rory Gilmore
43962.  Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:54 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Creepy-looking little buggers though, aren't they?
Yeah, you wouldn't trust one with your gran, that's for sure. What size are they in, like, non-microns? Oh right, it means micrometre.

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43963.  Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:55 pm Reply with quote

See post 43961

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Rory Gilmore
43964.  Sat Jan 07, 2006 4:57 pm Reply with quote

The Aral Sea...
Did you mean for that?

43996.  Sat Jan 07, 2006 6:29 pm Reply with quote

Sorry Rory - I realised I'd got the number wrong (why can't you cut and paste numbers into that link box, I wonder?) - I've edited it now.

Rory Gilmore
44584.  Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:13 pm Reply with quote

Another thing about dust-mites: The allergic reaction is caused not by the mites directly, but by a substance found in their shit.

44585.  Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:18 pm Reply with quote

It's STILL linking to 36116 though (The Dead Sea).

Don't ask me why but it is, damn its eyes.

Rory Gilmore
44592.  Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:46 pm Reply with quote

It's the same place as before, but further up the road. I mean, page.

44694.  Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:43 pm Reply with quote

Very odd. The post I was trying (and evidently failing) to link to was the one just under the picture though.


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