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What are dust mites?

There are up to 2 million dust mites living in a standard mattress.
Dust mites produce mite feces, which add up to 200 times their own body weight within their live of 2 months. Dust mites are reducing the ventilation and are blown out by the movement of the person’s body lying on the mattress.
House dust mites (Dermatophagoides) are a genus of mites, which are among the arachnids. The most common mite species are Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus and Dermatophagoides farinae and Dermatophagoides microceras. Globally, 49 species of the family Pyroglyphidae are detected, 13 of which live in house dust, only six or seven of them often. But there are other species of mites, which can live in houses, particularly numerous in the tropics. Original habitats of mites are birds’ nests and from there they were transferred to human dwellings and abducted worldwide.


Dust mites are about 0.1 to 0.5 mm in size and white in color. Their body bears hair-like bristles, the body covering (cuticle) is finely striated.


The scientific name “Dermatophagoides” means something like “skin eater“. Dust mites feed on fallen dander, of which the person loses about 0.5 to 1 gram per day. Older, moisturized skin scales are, compared with freshly fallen, preferred.

Life cycle and reproduction

Dust mites are dioecious; the males are much smaller than the females. Females reach a live weight of 5.8 micrograms, males only 3.5. After copulation, the females lay the eggs down, but not distributed as a scrim, but individually over a long period of time. The life span of females is highly dependent on temperature and humidity and also something different from species to species, ranging from about 30 to 100 days. During this time they lay between 40 and 80 eggs. The entire period of life from egg to sexual animal is very variable; it takes under favorable condition about 30 to 50 days but can be extended to 120 days at low temperatures.

Life and habitat

House dust mites are almost exclusively found in human dwellings, outdoors they cannot survive normally. There are only a few exceptions, such as bird nests. Apartments will be repopulated with mites through carryover in clothing. The majority of house dust mite is located in the bed. There, the mattress and the rest of the upper bed are equally affected. Other localities are upholstered furniture, while only few dust mites usually are found in carpets. In other substrates such as older books high densities may occur. The highest concentration is found in mattresses and pillows, because there are plenty of skin cells lining as well as plenty of moisture: a sleeping person loses per hour of sleep about 40 g of water, through the breathing air and the sweat. A mite-free pillow does not exist. Even cleaned pillows contain some 10,000 of the 0.3 mm dust mites (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus). For years, unwashed pillows (only if the reference is washed) contain up to 400,000 mites.

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Their mattress is mite-free!

Original POTEMA® Mattress cleaning:

• Thorough cleaning of your mattress with the unique mattress cleaning system
• Extermination of bacteria and microorganisms by high-frequent UV-light
• Anti-Mite treatment after the cleaning process


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