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Conclusion

The hypothesis has been proven to be true - washing  pillow cases in hot water and drying  them in the hot sun  is  the best method to eradicate  dust mites.

The feces produced by dust mites contain allergenic enzymes. They are one of the most common triggers of asthma. Among the other common allergic symptoms are sneezing, running nose, watery eyes and itchiness.

Also consider

This science project experiment can also be repeated at different hot water temperatures, to compare the number of surviving dust mites.

Try to repeat the science experiment using different types of materials like carpet, nylon or cotton and compare your findings.

References

House dust mite - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_dust_mite

Dust mites - http://healthandenergy.com/dust_mites.htm

Dust mites - everything you might not want to know! - http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/dustmites.php

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Complexity level:
5
Project cost ($):
5
Time required:
2 hours to prepare, 2 days for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

None