Journal of Wood Science

, 52:353 | Cite as

Effect of hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa) wood-wool in tatami mat on the activity of house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus

  • Yasushi Hiramatsu
  • Naoyuki Matsui
  • Tatsuro Ohira
  • Yasunori Imai
  • Yoshifumi Miyazaki
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Abstract

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.

Key words

House dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus Wood-wool Effective period Volatiles 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasushi Hiramatsu
    • 1
  • Naoyuki Matsui
    • 1
  • Tatsuro Ohira
    • 1
  • Yasunori Imai
    • 2
  • Yoshifumi Miyazaki
    • 1
  1. 1.Forestry and Forest Products Research InstituteTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.GeroJapan

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