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Your Bed Probably Has Creepy-Crawlies In It And You Have No Idea

DECEMBER 3, 2015  —  By Tim Unkenholz  
Tim Unkenholz

Tim Unkenholz

Writer and stand up comedian in NY. Check out my monthly comedy show Roomie Raiders at the Creek and The Cave! @timunken

Bed bugs get all the hype, but the truth is, every bed on the planet is inhabited by up to 10 million teeny, tiny critters all the time.

Yes, folks, we're talking about dust mites...and no one seems to care about them! But it's not even just the mites we have to worry about -- turns out, these guys poop up to 20 times a day, contributing to at least ten percent of your pillow's weight!

Don't believe us? Here's a close-up video by Ohio State University's Acarology lab that shows just how many of these things live where we sleep. Try getting some shut-eye after seeing this.

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(via IFLScience)

Adding to the ick factor, they feast on our dry, dead skin cells.

While the mites are technically harmless to humans, their feces can cause coughing, dry eyes, and can also greatly worsen allergies. Let's all make a pact to wash our sheets tonight. And every night until the end of time.

 

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