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Do Dust Bunnies Make Good Pets?

Dust bunnies are, in essence, low maintenance pets. They are quite; there is no need to walk them, no feeding, no feces and no vet bills. They are low maintenance, but can they make me sick?

New York 10/12/2011 4:42:46 AM

NY, NY -- Household Dust bunnies have been around for centuries and are an untouched resource of easy-care pets for our busy life styles. They have become domesticated as they have lived quietly along side us for many, many years.  Most families have one or two which have been "adopted" and you wouldn't even know it. The dust bunny seeks out spaces that receive little traffic.

Dust bunnies are, in essence, low maintenance pets.  They are quite; there is no need to walk them, no feeding, no feces and no vet bills.  They are low maintenance, but can they make me sick?

What is the make up of Dust Bunnies?

Research conducted at the University of Arizona Tucson resulted in a method of modeling and quantifying household dust.  Their study suggests that 60% of dust inside a house actually comes from outside the home.  It is tracked into the home by humans and pets and large quantities often come from the air.  To the human eye the air appears clear - it is not.  Microscopically the dust bunnies are a growing concern.

Many people believe the primary source is dead human skin cells.  This is only fractionally true. Dust bunnies, also known as dust mice, are small clusters of dust that form under furniture and in corners that are not cleaned regularly. They are made of hair, lint, dead skin cells, mold spores, spider webs, insect parts (biodetritus), dust, house dust mites and their fecal matter, or other parasites, black particulate deposition, cockroach feces, pollen grains, carbon particles, pesticides, chemicals, dog and cat dander, building materials, carpet fibers, fiberglass fibers. fibers from clothing, drapes and furniture, lead and arsenic and are held together by static electricity. They can and can lower the efficiency of dust filters by clogging them.  The movement of a single large particle can start the formation of a dust bunny.

Additionally, dust bunnies are harmful to electronics, as they can obstruct air flow through heat sinks, severely raising temperatures and shortening the life of electronic components.

Can Dust Bunnies make me Sick?

Unfortunately, duct bunnies pose a very serious health risk.  The complete make up of most of the dust bunnies are millions of allergens that can trigger allergic reactions on the spot.  They are hazardous to our health and are the cause of respiratory irritation, emphazema, chronic sinusitis, contact dermatitis, asthma and other ailments.  Residential dust is associated with exacerbating respiratory and dermatological conditions and as a risk factor for serious diseases including cancer.  Becoming aware of the sources of household or commercial dust is an important first step to prevention.   

"Indoor dust can be swallowed or inhaled by young children and adults through normal hand-to-mouth activities and house cleaning, exposing them to unwanted allergens and/or chemical which are in the dust," stated Dr. Rajiv Sahay world renowned environmental microbiologist and laboratory director at Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) an AIHA accredited laboratory.

What can I do to safeguard against Dust Bunnies?

Identification of the unwanted dust bunnies can be performed by the do-it-yourself (DIY) IAQ test kits available at INDOORAIRTEST, Grainger, Hunter Fan or other distributors.  Prevention can be addressed in many ways including the use high MERV air filtering systems, changing filters often, controlling pests, removing shoes before entering the home, cleaning evaporator coils and duct work properly and good house cleaning procedures utilizing HEPA fitted vacuum cleaners. 

For more information on the identification and/or remediation of the unwanted Dust Bunnies call the Building Remediation Scientists at Pure Air Control Services toll free at 1-800-422-7873.

About Pure Air Control Services, Inc.

Alan Wozniak founded Pure Air Control Services, Inc. in 1984 as a small mechanical contracting firm. Today, the firm sets the industry standard for indoor environmental quality diagnosis and remediation.

Pure Air’s nationally performed services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; an AIHA accredited Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; and Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services.

The company’s expanding client roster includes the FAA, Walt Disney World, General Services Administration (GSA); Allstate Insurance; CBRE, Carrier Air Conditioning; NAVFAC, DOT, USACE, US Army, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air Control Services the reliable industry leader.

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