• One bat can devour up to 3,000 insects in a night!

  • In the tropics, fruit and nectar feeding bats play a vital role in the survival and re-growth of the rainforests.

  • Less than one percent of bats contract rabies and when they do they usually die within three or four days.

  • Over 1,200 bat species can be found worldwide, and bats make up over a fifth of all mammal species on earth. 

  • Bats are critically important to maintaining healthy ecosystems

  • One Little Brown Bat can eat more than 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour. These critters are nature's best form of pest control!

  • Bats are important pollinators of many agricultural crops like bananas, figs and cashews.

Fun Facts

About Bats!

About Rats & Mice!

  • Rats contaminate and destroy enough food worldwide each year to feed 200 million people.

  • During studies in which mice were exposed to the music of heavy metal band Anthrax, these guys killed each other.

  • The average mouse will have around 50 to 60 babies each year! Left unchecked, a mouse problem becomes infestation in a matter of months.

  • Nutria (swamp rats) have 15 to 21 babies each year. They leave their mother after only one month.

  • More than 45,000 people are bitten each year by rats leading to diseases like rat bite fever, Norway Ratsalmonella, the plague, trichinosis, and leptospirosis.

  • Nearly 20% of the world’s food supply is consumed by rodents.

  • Rodents are prime carriers for dangerous pests such as fleas, ticks, and mites. This creature carries diseases that are transmittable to humans and animals.

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  • #1 – They Don’t Bite You

  • There are plenty of people who claim to have been bitten. But the truth is dust mites do not bite. This is probably the most widespread misinformation of all.

  • #2 – You Can’t Feel Them Crawling On Your Skin

  • Contrary to what most people think, you are not able to feel dust mites crawling on your skin. In most cases, they move around freely without you ever knowing.

  • #3 – You Can See Them With The Naked Eye

  • Unfortunately, dust mites are not visible to the human eye. You can see them under a microscope.

  • #4 – They Don’t Live In Your Vacuum Cleaner

  • You should clean often with a high-efficiency HEPA filter vacuum.

  • #5 – They Can’t Fly

  • Dust mites have eight legs and are from the same family as spiders. They have no wings and can’t fly.

  • #6 – They Don’t Burrow Under Your Skin

  • Mites crawl around the surface of your skin feeding on dead skin cells.

  • #7 – They Can’t Chew Through Your Sheet

  • Mites are so small there is no need to chew through your sheets. Because they a super tiny they just crawl their way through bedding to get to your body. Where they feed off your dead skin.

  • #8 – Where Do Dust Mites Flourish?

  • Dust mites flourish and feel right at home in warm and humid environments. They like to hide out in your bed, on your furniture and crawl around deep in your carpets.

  • #9 – You Can Control Dust Mites By Reducing Relative Humidity

  • Studies show that when you reduce the indoor relative humidity in your home to less than 50%, even in a humid temperate climate, you can control dust mites and their allergens. Homeowners can eliminate dust mites by keeping relative humidity below 35% for at least 22 hours per day.

  • #10 – They Cause Asthma And Allergies

  • Dust mites are a major contributor to allergies and conditions of asthma in children and the elderly. You can use a skin prick or RAST tests to determine if your allergies are dust mite-induced.

  • #11 – Your Mattress And Pillow Are Breeding Ground For Mites

  • The Center for Disease Control reported, “a used unprotected mattress can have anywhere between 10,000 and 10 million dust mites in it”.

  • #12 – Wash Your Bedding Weekly, Use Mattress And Pillow Covers

  • According to a Johns Hopkins University study, “mite population and allergen levels decreased by 90% or more within a month of using mattress and pillow covers and treating bedding”. It’s a good idea to use bedding covers and wash your bed linens weekly to reduce mites.

  • #13 – Not All Mattress Covers Will Protect You From Dust Mites

  • Dust mite “proof” mattresses and pillow protectors are popular products to have. There are plenty of products on the market that do not work. You should only buy certified products that prevent dust mites from crawling through the fabric.

  • #14 – What Do Dust Mites Like To Eat?

  • There are plenty of other food sources in your home. The primary food source for dust mites is dead human and animal skin. So as long as you have humans and pets living in your home, mites will always have a way to eat.

  • #15 – How Do You Kill Dust Mites?

  • They cannot live in extreme cold or heat. So you can freeze them out or turn up the heat to kill them off. You should wash bedding, stuffed animals, and other wool garments in hot water. To be most effective the water temperature should be 130 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. To remove and eliminate mites from carpet, just vacuum weekly with a HEPA filter cleaner. Be sure to properly dispose of the contents after vacuuming.

  • #16 – Are Dust Mites Harmful To Humans?

  • No, dust mites are not harmful to humans unless you are asthmatics or suffer from allergies. In both cases, these insect-like pests can be very problematic and cause health problems.

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  • #17 – How Often Should I Wash My Bed Sheets And Blankets?

  • Dirty blankets and sheets are a breeding ground for mites. So what do we recommend if you’re concerned about dust mites in any way? You should wash your bed sheets and blankets at least once a week.

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  • #18 – How Often Should I Vacuum My Carpets?

  • You best option when it comes to carpets is to replace them with wooden floors. If this is not an option, you should vacuum or steam clean your carpets weekly.

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  • #19 – What Allergy Symptoms Do Dust Mite Cause?

  • Many experts believe mites are the trigger for year-round allergies in children and elderly adults. With common symptoms such as itchy, red, or watery eyes; stuffy and running nose; sneezing, coughing, and post-nasal drip.

  • People with asthma can experience difficulty breathing. They may also feel more tightness and pain in the chest.

  • In almost all cases, dust mites intensify symptoms for people living with asthma and allergies.

About Dust Mites!

 

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