Effect of hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa) wood-wool in tatami mat on the activity of house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus
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- Hiramatsu, Y., Matsui, N., Ohira, T. et al. J Wood Sci (2006) 52: 353. doi:10.1007/s10086-005-0765-0
To suppress the activity of house dust mites in tatami mats, where they tend to breed, a tatami mat consisting of hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtuse) wood-wool was prepared. The suppressive effect of hinoki wood-wool on house dust mites (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) was then measured. To investigate the effective period of the wood-wool on the mites, 5-day exposure tests were conducted every few weeks for a total of 52 weeks. In the tests of the first and sixth weeks, the activity of the mites was strongly suppressed, and no walking or moving mite was found after 5 days of exposure. The suppressive effect on mites was maintained for 52 weeks. It was concluded that using hinoki wood-wool to produce tatami mats is an effective method of suppressing the activity of mites for about 1 year.