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Dust mites, when airborne, can cause many respiratory ailments in human beings. Dust mites thrive in dark, moist atmospheres, so locating any moisture dense areas of a dwelling will assist in reducing dust mites in the built atmophere. Dust mites are reduced through vacuuming and air scrubbing which reduces the airborne dust particulates in the atmosphere, and they are eliminated by UV rays and heat, so washing clothing in very hot water in dust mite ridden situations is a good idea, as is airing clothing and bedding in sunshine.

Dust mites form a part of household dust. Once we know the amount of dust in the air, we can set about both determining how and where it enters the property and can remove the dust and mites from the air with our air scrubbers. Our dust monitors (pictured on right) take samples of the air in the dwelling and can report on the amount of dust particles in the atmosphere and can also allow us to determine what those dust particles are, if required.

1. Measure - we measure the amount of dust in the air using our hand held real time dust monitors.
2. Test - After taking a sample of the dust in the indoor atmosphere, if required, we test the samples to determine the breakdown of the dust.
3. Repair - Having established the presence of excessive dust levels we can assist in determining where the dust is most likely to be entering the dwelling and then repair the entry points.

Dust sampling, testing and identification procedure

Dust (and therefore dust mites) needs to be both identified, treated and prevented. There is little point in removing the mould if the reason for the mould growth - moisture, humidity, lack of ventilation - is not repaired or reversed.

1. Identification

Our mould identification equipment is the most advanced in the industry so you can be assured we will identify any worrying issues with regard to mould in the built environment.

2. Measurement

Our aerosol monitors can test the amount of airborne particles in the indoor atmosphere and determine if they are in excess of the permissable particulate count as per recognised environmental standards. (0.55mg/m3)

3. Sample

If it is determined by our testing that the particulate count is elevated, we can trap and sample airborne particulates or take surface swabs and forward them for testing.

4. Laboratory testing

We can have airborne particulates and surface swabs tested and these laboratory tests can determine what type of mould has generated in the dwelling. Lab testing is an optional extra as the vaklue of determining the type of particulate or the type of dust particles is questionable. Often the presence of elevated particulate levels is enough to undertake remedial action without paying to determine the exact type of particulate.


1. Temporary dust removal
Dust is removed from the built environment on a temporary basis by vacuuming and airscrubbing. Vacuuming will remove dust from surfaces, carpet etc whilst airscrubbers will remove the more harmful airborne dust particulates.

2. Permanent dust removal
Permanent dust control can be achieved by installing built in air scrubbers (www.enviroairexchange.com.au)

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