Don't let those bed bugs bite!
May 26, 2010
UNITED KINGDOM — Research suggests that while an unmade bed may look scruffy it is also unappealing to dust mites thought to cause asthma and other allergies, according to the BBC.
A Kingston University study discovered the bugs cannot survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed, the article noted.
The warm, damp conditions created in an occupied bed are ideal for the creatures, but they are less likely to thrive when moisture is in shorter supply, the article stated.
Researcher Dr. Stephen Pretlove said: "We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body."
"Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die," Pretlove added.
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