URGH! I swept my entire house yesterday only to open my front door and spot a dust bunny out of the corner of my eye. There is nothing more frustrating to me than to spend hours working on a task only to see my efforts were for nothing – in this case it was dusting. It seems no sooner do you wipe down the coffee table than five minutes later the dust has resettled on top of the table again. Why is it that dust accumulates so darn quickly?
Dust forms rapidly because of three things which are our hair, skin and sweat. Well, actually dust forms because of invisible eight legged spider looking insects called dust mites but the source of their attraction are our hair, skin and sweat. To our rudimentary eyesight, dust appears to be white-grayish fuzzy balls that are intertwined with stray hairs. In reality dust is the combination of feces and skeletal remains of dust mites.
These invisible dust mites’ food source is our dead hair and skin that we shed over the course of the day. Our sweat perspiration is also a huge aphrodisiac to dust mites. To them our sweat is like love potion # 9. The more sweat we produce the more they come running. The problem is the average person sheds, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 50 to 100 strands of hair each day and we shed a lot more skin cells. Are you sitting down? Dr. Knowledge contributor of the Boston Globe reported in his article, “Does the dust in my house really include my own skin?”, that the average person sheds anywhere between 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells daily.
No wonder dust is constantly present in our homes. We have the mother load of food supplies to feed the entire nation of dust mites. Once they are done feeding on our lovely skin cells and hair and lathering themselves in our sweat, they dump their feces (yes, poop) all over our houses in which we dub as “dusty bunnies”. So if you’re asking your self what are dust bunnies? Well I think the answer is far more gross than just accumulated dust.
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Murphy, Kate. “5 Things You Should Know About Dust Mites Allergies.” Useful Tips Vital Oxide Blog. http://vitaloxide.com/wordpressblog/?p=247 (accessed July 14, 2014).