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1 July 2003 Effects of Wet Cleaning with Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate on Dust Mites (Acari: Pyroglyphidae) in Carpet
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In a controlled laboratory study, disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (DOT) applied to carpets with a carpet-cleaning machine at a rate of 509 ml DOT/8.15 liter H2O/100 m2 (two cups DOT/2 gal H2O/100 feet2) reduced survival and population growth of live Dermatophagoides farinae and Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus by ≥98% compared with water-cleaned and uncleaned carpets at 8 wk postcleaning. Cleaning with DOT was more effective against D. pteronyssinus than D. farinae.

Diann L. Vyszenski-Moher and Larry G. Arlian "Effects of Wet Cleaning with Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate on Dust Mites (Acari: Pyroglyphidae) in Carpet," Journal of Medical Entomology 40(4), 508-511, (1 July 2003). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585-40.4.508
Received: 7 October 2002; Accepted: 1 April 2003; Published: 1 July 2003
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