What you need to know about dust mite infestations in Washington and the rest of the country.
(Jason Aldag/The Washington Post) The dust miting problem in Washington has reached crisis proportions, with at least six counties reported having reported more than 1,000 cases of the invasive species, according to the Washington Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The city of Seattle has had a record number of cases, with 1,096 reported cases since the start of August, according.
In addition, there have been more than 30,000 reports of suspected exposure in the metro area, and nearly 30,500 cases of respiratory problems among children.
The dust mitting is the natural process by which a small group of insects get their way into a plant, causing damage and leaving the plant diseased.
It can also be caused by dust particles coming from clothing or other materials that have been touched by the mites.
The problem is so widespread in Washington that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended sweeping dust miterings across the state, including in parks and other public areas.
The CDC estimates that at least 1.5 million people in the United States live within 15 miles of a mite-infested area.
The CDC also warns that mites are often found in people’s homes, and they can cause an illness called mite fever that is sometimes fatal.
The most recent statistics show that the number of reported cases of mite infections statewide has increased by more than 50 percent since the beginning of August.
In Washington, there are a number of strategies you can take to protect your home from mites, including keeping dust matted furniture in place, and dust filters, dust-sealing curtains and furniture.
In Seattle, there’s also a bill pending in the state legislature that would require people to wear dust masks when cleaning up after mites and other pests in their homes.
“I’ve always wanted to be a homeowner, and I’m always worried about what my neighbors are doing, and if I’m getting fleas,” said Jennifer Pascual, a housekeeper who lives in a Seattle suburb.
She said she usually leaves her windows open, and she and her boyfriend often wear masks to prevent the mite from entering.
“I think we need to do our part,” she said.
But the bills are still in the legislature and have not been voted on.
Pascal and her husband, who lives elsewhere, plan to vote for the bill.
Washington has been experiencing a rise in the number and severity of cases of dust mitic infection, and residents have begun to speak out about the problem.
In March, the Washington Association of Counties voted to hold a summit on mite control.
The bill that would mandate dust filters in the city of Spokane and surrounding areas, known as the Mite Control Act, passed the state House in May, but has been stalled in the Senate, where Republican Sen. Greg Walden of Auburn is the majority leader.
Pascual said she and Walden had an informal meeting with Walden at his office in February.
Walden has also been pushing the bill in the House, and on Thursday, Walden told the Seattle Times that he had received the bill and that it had cleared the House Judiciary Committee.
He said he believes it will be sent to the full House for consideration by the full Senate in the coming weeks.