Protection against house dust mites
Mites are microscopic animals. They have four pairs of legs and are in the Arachnida (spider) class. There are more than 50,000 types of mites worldwide.
Only a few types cause allergies. The most common mites in our homes are Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus and Dermatophagoides farinae. They are part of the Pyroglyphidae family (house dust mites).
Not the mites themselves trigger allergies but the particles they emit, such as faeces and secretions.
Most of the house dust mites can be found in beds, because this is where they thrive (moist, warm environment, food). Their lives are short but they reproduce very quickly.
An effective way to protect against house dust mites is to use mite allergy-proof encasements or allergy barrier pillows and duvets.
Link to information brochure (PDF): Encasements