Last Updated: February 27, 2019
Asthma: Dust Mites 2
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Big Idea: Dust mites are found in numerous places around the home.
- There are at least 11 major species of dust mites worldwide. Two of the most common types are found in the warm humid climate of North Carolina.
- Dust mites are found in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, bedcovers, clothes, stuffed toys, fabric, and fabric-covered items like curtains.
- Remember that dust mites are found in every home. They are not hitchhikers, like bed bugs, and cannot be tracked and baited, like cockroaches.
NCSU Extension Publications, “Mites that ‘Bug’ People,” last updated June 2015.