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Mattress companies like to use dust mites as scapegoats to peddle their products: A common statistic cited by people like Larry over at Sit ’n Sleep is that your mattress doubles in weight every eight years thanks to a combination of human debris and dust mites.
(Note to those with pillow-top mattresses: The more pillow-y your mattress the more polyester it contains, therefore the higher your mite population.) The good news is that, unless you’re allergic to them, dust mites cause relatively little harm.
They don’t bite and they’re not parasitic—the worst thing that can come from a dust mite infestation, comforted Needham, is an unpleasant odor.
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I'll meet friends for a drink, run errands, or go shopping. Dinner is my time to be social and catch up with people. Once in a while I might go to the Ace Hotel or this new karaoke bar on Sunset, Blind Dragon.
I love Reformation on Melrose, Opening Ceremony, Painted Bird, Maxfield if I'm feeling fancy, and Barneys. Seven-thirty is the ideal time to hit the road and go home. I love this Italian restaurant downtown called Bestia. When I'm in New York, I love to go to Paul's Baby Grand, but L.
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Their mouths are designed like chopsticks in that they don’t open very far, so thin, protein-packed flakes of skin—Needham compared them to Pringles—are their ideal meal.
Your body also emanates the humidity dust mites need to survive: Instead of drinking water, they have an apparatus that sucks moisture straight from the air, Needham explained.
In other words, your mattress is a dust mite’s ideal habitat; when you go to sleep, you provide all the food, water, and warmth a mite could ever want.
A spokeswoman for Casper mattresses, a company so confident in its mattress design that it only makes one, speculated that spring mattresses are more susceptible to mite infestations because they have “more air pockets where dust and skin cells can accumulate over time.” But Needham postulated that foam mattresses might be even more attractive to mites, and a study on dust mites published in 2002 confirmed his suspicions.
Those who are allergic (about one-third of individuals tested) don’t always have symptoms.