Dust mites are opportunistic and you’ll find them wherever human beings spend most time indoors (if the conditions are right; more about that later). Any room with upholstered furniture, carpets, rugs and curtains is their perfect habitat. Dust mites are common in public places like cinemas or trains but our homes are usually the real hotspots.
You’ll find the biggest concentration of dust mites in your bedroom. They live on bed linen and in mattresses, duvets, blankets and pillows; one sort of dust mite particularly likes feathers. Allergens can build up here and cause problems at night, often affecting your quality of sleep. Soft toys also tend to store up dust mite allergens, especially if children take them to bed every night.
And this is a clue to a possible culprit for those dust mite bites that aren’t from dust mites. Bed bugs love your bedroom too.