Dust Mites, Allergens, and Your Company’s Value Proposition

Orig Post www.servicesmag.org | Re-Post System4 5/3/2016

Dust mites are the invisible culprits keeping millions sick and from coming to work. The American Academy of Asthma and Immunology estimates that up to thirty percent of people in the US suffer from allergic rhinitis, and that allergies are one of the top three reasons people miss work. This can have a significant effect on a company’s productivity. Most mistakenly think they have an allergy to dust, but what they are actually allergic to the dust mite’s excrement. Dust mites thrive in any textile materials such as drapes, pillows, and carpeting and their by-products are so small that it ends up being part of the air in office spaces, which is one major cause of many typical dust allergy symptoms.

Dust mites cannot be avoided completely, but with proper cleaning techniques their effects can be minimized. Commercial janitorial service providers are the on front lines of maintaining healthy workplaces through cleanliness. As part of your company’s value proposition in maintaining the health of an organization, consider these facts from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Dust mites are primitive creatures with no developed respiratory system and no eyes. They are too small to be seen with the naked eye, measuring only about one quarter to one third of a millimeter. Under the microscope, they can be seen as whitish, eight-legged bugs.

Although small, dust mites produce up to three hundred times their weight in bodily waste, living up to fifteen weeks.

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