- Identifies the Dust Mite Allergen, one of the most common household Allergens.
- Used to sample a variety of surfaces in any room to test for the presence of the Dust Mite Allergen.
- Do-It-Yourself Quick and Easy testing - no special training required.
- Includes the Bio-Scan DM Sample Collection Device - a sock that fits over your vacuum cleaner hose.
- Complete Step-by-Step Instructions with Chain of Custody form.
- Lab analysis of the sample
- Lab report includes:
- Toll Free number to call with any questions on your results.
- Quantification of the Dust Mite Allergen and an exposure level rating of Low, Medium or High based on Industry Guidelines.
- Healthy Home / Building Considerations sheet with recommendations for actions you can take that may help improve your indoor environment.
- Postage prepaid envelope for mailing your sample to the lab.
- No additional fees - all sampling, analysis and reporting costs included.
- Results in 3-5 days via email or mail after lab receives your sample.
Dust Mite Allergen - this is a biological pollutant and the most common household Allergen. The house Dust Mite is an arachnid (related to spiders), is an eight legged creature that is about 400 microns long (human hair is about 100 microns wide).
Sources - the house Dust Mite is found in almost all homes, regardless of how clean the homes are. Dust Mites are found in carpeting, mattresses, pillows and upholstered furniture. They feed off of animal and human skin flakes primarily, along with other minute organic matter, and fluorish with warm moist environments. Humans shed about 1.5 grams of skin cells and flakes everyday and the warmth and moisture from breathing and perspiration during sleep make bedding a prime area for the Dust Mite. Due to their small size, they are easily transported in air when disturbed or carried in dust balls generated in uncleaned areas of the home. The Life-Cycle of the female Dust Mite is 70 days and over that time, it can lay 60 to 100 eggs and deposit over 2,000 fecal pellets and even a larger amount of partially digested enzyme-coated dust particles.
Health Effects - it is the fecal pellets and the enzyme coated particles produced from the house Dust Mite that cause health problems. These substances contain enzymes, principally proteases, that are strongly allergic. High levels of these allergens can lead to sensitization and acute Asthma. Some allergic symptoms caused by Dust Mites include itching, sneezing, watery/red eyes, runny nose and congestion. This Allergen can also be a trigger for Asthma episodes.
How It Works
The Building Health Check Dust Mite Screen Test Kit is designed to collect dust from surfaces in your home. The dust is analyzed for the presence of Dust Mite Allergens. This is a Do-It-Yourself test kit that requires no special training. The user performs the test and sends the test sample in a postage prepaid envelope to an accredited Laboratory for analysis. A full scan of the Dust Mite Screen Test Kit using an Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) provides valuable quantitative information on the collected dust sample. Once the analysis is complete, a test report is sent to the customer in 3-5 days and provides levels of the results relative to industry guidelines. A Healthy Home / Building Considerations sheet is included with recommendations on actions you can take that may help improve your indoor environment if elevated levels of pollutants are found. The Dust Mite Screen Test Kit kit is ideal for indoor environmental investigation, allergy sufferers, asthma patients, clean room evaluations, etc.
Test Sampling Procedure
Step One: Remove the attachment from the vacuum cleaner hose. Insert Bio-Scan DM into the hose.
Step Two: Fold the edges down around the outside of the hose
Step Three: Reassemble the vacuum attachment. Choose one room per Bio-Scan DM. Vacuum a minimum of 10 minutes.
Step Four: Carefully remove the collector bag from the vacuum and place the collector back into the zip-top bag and seal. Complete the Chain of Custody card. Be sure to record the sample location and the surface the sample was collected from (pillows, mattress, blankets, carpet, etc.).
Step Five: Place Bio-Scan DM and Chain of Custody Form in the envelope. Mail envelope to Lab.
Chain of Custody Form
An easy to understand lab report is provided that indicates the amount of Dust Mite Allergen present in the dust sample. A result of Low, Medium or High level is determined based on industry guidelines. A Healthy Home / Building Considerations sheet is included with suggestions for actions you can take that may help improve your indoor environment.