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Thread started 05/04/20 6:46pm

imago

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Dust Mites, Feasting on Dead Skin all over your Body (2020 ed.)

I’d like to talk about these little 8 leged spiders that crawl upon your bed and body, yall. Thousands of them.

Chemicals don’t get rid of them. They just come back. Strong soap, and bleach are not affective--they still live.

They feed upon your dead skin. Because they have a rudimentary stomach, incapable of the type of digestion we enjoy, they must excrete an enzyme on the fungus Aspergillus repens, which digests most of the material they need it to digest outside of them. It’s basically digesting the food previous to placing delicious morsels of dead skin in their mouths. And this is happening all over your body right now as you read this.

In the great outdoors, Sunlight and natural enemies keep their populations in check, but the average human home provides a nice stable environment for them to not only live, but flourish. Dust mites are thought to be one of the leading causes of Asthma in households (their waste matter which drops from your skin gets in your bed, pillows, etc. irritating breathing).

A few things you can do, in desperate attempts to control the population of them is getting rid of carpeting in the bedroom, washing sheets at least once a week. Freeze your pillow cases for an hour or two. vacuum your bed and upholstered furniture, and buy a HEPA air filter--beware though as HEPA air filters generate ozone which can irritate lungs and cause other side affects. Finally, if you own pets, you can try killing them I guess.

I feel that eventually, though it seems unlikely, that one day, dust mites will make the evolutionary leap from eating dead skin to feeding on live human flesh. Imagine thousands of these creatures feasting of you as you scream yourself delirious.

If the evolutionary step were to take place, mankind would be in certain peril.

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Reply #1 posted 05/05/20 6:58pm

XxAxX

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eek eek eek eek eek

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Reply #2 posted 05/05/20 7:48pm

KingBAD

i don't know about y'all BUT

i couldn't eem leave DNA at a crime

scene...

my body is reft of any moisture

i'm damn near chapped

i can't eem generate dead skin...

lol lol lol lol lol lol

i am KING BAD!!!
you are NOT...
evilking
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Reply #3 posted 05/06/20 10:27am

onlyforaminute

Thank you so much for this PSA. Aw, getting old org vibes. Now I am wondering how long does it take to collect enough old dead skin cells to make a whole new person? I think the mites might be smart enough to stay incognito enough to keep themselves off the menu, cause you know somebody somewhere would figure out how to saute them up in a nice butter sauce if they become too noticeable.
Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.

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Reply #4 posted 05/06/20 10:36am

LadyLayla

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Freeze your pillow cases? I'm guessing this is after they are pulled from the dryer.

Style is the second cousin to class
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Reply #5 posted 05/06/20 12:05pm

S2DG

First, giant "murder hornets" and now these microscopic creatures in my bed...awesome.

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Reply #6 posted 05/06/20 1:48pm

slyjackson

If I don't see them, they don't exist. It's just for my mental health you know.

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Reply #7 posted 05/07/20 12:27pm

kpowers

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[Edited 5/11/20 23:38pm]

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Reply #8 posted 05/07/20 5:38pm

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imago said:

I’d like to talk about these little 8 leged spiders that crawl upon your bed and body, yall. Thousands of them.

Chemicals don’t get rid of them. They just come back. Strong soap, and bleach are not affective--they still live.

They feed upon your dead skin. Because they have a rudimentary stomach, incapable of the type of digestion we enjoy, they must excrete an enzyme on the fungus Aspergillus repens, which digests most of the material they need it to digest outside of them. It’s basically digesting the food previous to placing delicious morsels of dead skin in their mouths. And this is happening all over your body right now as you read this.

In the great outdoors, Sunlight and natural enemies keep their populations in check, but the average human home provides a nice stable environment for them to not only live, but flourish. Dust mites are thought to be one of the leading causes of Asthma in households (their waste matter which drops from your skin gets in your bed, pillows, etc. irritating breathing).

A few things you can do, in desperate attempts to control the population of them is getting rid of carpeting in the bedroom, washing sheets at least once a week. Freeze your pillow cases for an hour or two. vacuum your bed and upholstered furniture, and buy a HEPA air filter--beware though as HEPA air filters generate ozone which can irritate lungs and cause other side affects. Finally, if you own pets, you can try killing them I guess.

I feel that eventually, though it seems unlikely, that one day, dust mites will make the evolutionary leap from eating dead skin to feeding on live human flesh. Imagine thousands of these creatures feasting of you as you scream yourself delirious.

If the evolutionary step were to take place, mankind would be in certain peril.



Can you expand on the 'natural enemies'?
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Reply #9 posted 05/11/20 6:30am

imago

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This thread is a disaster.

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Reply #10 posted 05/11/20 8:58am

wildgoldenhone
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You mean dustsaster! comfort
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Reply #11 posted 05/11/20 3:14pm

XxAxX

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imago said:

This thread is a disaster.




don't give up yet, it mite improve!

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Reply #12 posted 05/11/20 7:27pm

purplethunder3
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"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #13 posted 05/12/20 4:45pm

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XxAxX said:



imago said:


This thread is a disaster.






don't give up yet, it mite improve!


lol
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Reply #14 posted 05/13/20 8:19am

XxAxX

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wildgoldenhoney said:

You mean dustsaster! comfort



biggrin i laughed so hard i was afraid dust might go up my nose!

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Reply #15 posted 05/13/20 9:27am

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XxAxX said:



wildgoldenhoney said:


You mean dustsaster! comfort



biggrin i laughed so hard i was afraid dust might go up my nose!


You mean mite :lol:

:falloff:
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Reply #16 posted 05/13/20 12:50pm

XxAxX

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wildgoldenhoney said:

XxAxX said:



biggrin i laughed so hard i was afraid dust might go up my nose!

You mean mite lol falloff

lol

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Reply #17 posted 05/13/20 12:50pm

XxAxX

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i wonder if bed bugs could be trained to eat dust mites?

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Reply #18 posted 05/13/20 12:54pm

XxAxX

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neutral damn. that backfired. i was googles searching for animated gifs of dust mites dancing and now i itch all over and plan to wash ALL my bedding right now. doh!

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Reply #19 posted 05/17/20 12:21pm

RJOrion

Earth Wing & Fire had a song about this back in 1974

"Mitey, Mitey"
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Reply #20 posted 05/20/20 8:02pm

imago

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I'm trying to save your lives.


I'm trying to save humankind.

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Reply #21 posted 05/20/20 9:30pm

purplethunder3
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"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #22 posted 05/22/20 10:07am

Cinny

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RJOrion said:

Earth Wing & Fire had a song about this back in 1974 "Mitey, Mitey"

lol

Also, ew at this thread. feeling ill

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