Dust mites are related to spiders, harvestmen (Daddy Long Legs) and other mites. Dust mites are found in 84% of homes, with around half of those homes having enough allergens to trigger asthma. These mites feed upon shed human skin and live primarily in heavily trafficked areas and within mattresses and bedding. Mites burrow into mattresses and come to the surface only to be warmed by your body.

Allergens from dust mites are a leading asthma trigger. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, which are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the United States. Asthma can be fatal and it is especially critical in children under age 13. As many as 5000 children in the United States die annually from allergy related asthma. Allergies and asthma are triggered when sensitive individuals inhale dust containing pet dander and waste particles from dust mites and other pests. The cost of asthma in 2007 was estimated to reach $19.7 billion ($14.7 billion direct, $5 billion indirect) with the single largest cost being for medications.

The only viable method of complete dust mite eradication and allergen denaturing is through deep freezing at very low temperatures and humidity, which is the method used exclusively by CarboNix.

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