We all have seen them and have dealt with them at some point in our lives. These little guys have the ability to be anywhere from the attic corner to under the play room dresser. Sometimes they are “full grown” bunnies, while other times they are the tiniest “newborns.” Unfortunately for us, these small friends don’t seem to be too shy. They’re willing to come out morning, noon, and night as long as you can catch them. They are the infamous dust bunnies.
When we see them, our first reaction is to wipe them up or sweep them out. Some of us just leave them be! (ew.) But have you ever wondered about the dust bunny anatomy? Take a closer look and you will be able to see that this cute dust ball is actually a glob of disgusting. (Get ready!) Imagine human and pet skin flakes, mixed with tiny hairs from who knows where. Combine that with with everything from carpet fibers, lint, spider webs, outside dirt, pillow feathers (if you have them around), insect parts, clothing bits, soil, mold spores, meteor dust, pollen, yeast, and heaven knows what else. To maintain that “cute” fluff shape, dust bunnies are held together by static electricity and felt-like entanglement.
Now that you are completely grossed out, you’re left wondering about their development and how to keep them at bay. They form in hidden corners and under beds because that is where air has the least movement. These still places allow them to grow untouched and undisturbed. In order to keep them at your mercy you must continue circulation of the air in your home and rid air pockets in all nooks and crannies of your home.
Still no big deal? What if I told you dust bunnies can house dust mites or other parasites? What if I also said dust bunnies were harmful to electronics, which could ultimately shorten the life of your favorite electronic? Makes you want to run to the basement and clean that new stereo system, doesn’t it?
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