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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dust Bunnies - Friend or Foe?

First of all.... I have to confess that I will never when the award for keeping the cleanest house. Household chores are NOT my thing!

But, don't get me wrong. I DO clean my house. It is just not something that I enjoy doing and it is not something that I am obsessed with, like some women (and men!) that I have heard of.

My least favorite chore is DUSTING. Why??? Because I feel like it is a battle that I can never win. The Dust Bunnies win every time! They are so good at their game and I am not. They are stubborn little critters and don't like to leave! And when I DO manage to get them to leave.... they are back again within a few days!

The term "Dust Bunnies" kinda' makes me laugh and also got me to thinking.... "Where did this term come from?" So... I did a little research.

This is what Wikipedia says --- (I know that it isn't the most reliable site, but I do like to go there for info!)

Dust bunnies (or dustbunnies) are small clumps of dust that form under furniture and in corners that are not cleaned regularly. They are made of hair, lint, dead skin, spider web, dust, and sometimes light rubbish and debris, and are held together by static electricity and felt-like entanglement. They can house dust mites or other parasites, and can lower the efficiency of dust filters by clogging. The movement of a single large particle can start the formation of a dust bunny.

Dust bunnies are harmful to electronics, as they can obstruct air flow through heat sinks, severely raising temperatures and shortening the life of electronic components.

A trademark for "Dustbunny" was registered in 2006 for the "Dustbunny Cleaner", a robotic ball with an electrostatic sleeve that rolls around under furniture to collect dustbunnies and other material.

Dust bunnies have been used as an analogy for the accretion of cosmic matter in planetoids.

Dust bunnies have also been known as beggar's velvet, and slut's wool.

Really???? ...."slut's wool"????  -- Yikes!!

Here's some more fun info that I came across as I "googled" -- Dust Bunnies.

Where to find them or " The Natural Environment"
Dustbunnies have been around for centuries and are an untouched resource of easy-care pets for our busy life styles. They have lived quietly along side us and have already been domesticated.

You probably have one or two which have "adopted" you and you wouldn't even know it.

The Dustbunny seeks out spaces that receive little traffic, and preferably dark - although some do become curious of the outside world.

Dust bunny Defenses
Dustbunnies have their own paratrooper squads that one must be on the look-out for. However, since the Dustbunnies do not have their own Air force they depend on fan blades to transport them, so invasions usually take plan during warm summer days

There are also small legions of foot soldiers that parade across the floor when the ventilation units are turned on.

When heavy objects are moved they will scurry for cover. This is the best time for capture.

Submitted by Robin and Anna: Did you know that Dustbunnies eat spiders and other things that crawl into there territory. Also, they like to use pencils as exercise equipment. It may cost $100 per day to capture them if you live in a big city.

Dustbunny Social Life
Dust Bunnies are very prolific. There is no such thing as ONE Dust Bunny. Left to their own vices, dustbunnies will reproduce at alarming rates.

Dustbunnies like to use stereo-systems as their own personal Singles Clubs. Dancing usually takes place on the older models with a LP turntable, as the laser show of the CD drives have been linked to Fur Cancer in studies conducted at DBU.

Believe it or not DISCO is still their favorite music. If you find any dancing on the head of your needle, please remove gently and place off to the side so they can catch their breath.

There is now a new "Take your Dust Bunny to Work Day".. If you do this, make sure you only bring back your home Dust Bunnies and not the ones from work. Although, the ones at work may like a nice holiday.

Dustbunny care:
Care for dustbunnies is very low maintenance.

Feeding: Dust Bunnies will find their own food. They have a tendency to turn vegetarian - if you do not wish them to eat your houseplants you may wish to gently wipe them off the leaves with a gentle but firm "no".

Dustbunnies need a quiet, dark place to make a hutch or home, under beds and dressers are the ideal spots. If you wish them to find their own space, don't be surprised if you catch them crawling the walls and hanging from the chandeliers.

Dust Bunnies prefer small hidden places where no one looks.

When giving you Dust Bunnies a bath, make sure that you have the safety net put on. This way your Dust Bunnies will not get sucked back into the wash or go down the drain. They enjoy congregating in pipes and Router Rooter may hurt them.

Now that the heating season is here, make sure that you have collected your Dustbunnies off of the heaters and registers. Burnt fur does not smell very good and it does spook your Dustbunnies.

When using a dehumidifiers, please pay special attention to the coils. Dustbunnies like to drink from these and may become too wet to move. Gently wipe them off and place in a dryer with clothes. They will collect on the lint screen and then can be released.

Health Care: Unlike many pets, Dustbunnies do not need inoculations or veterinary visits. If your Dustbunny begins to look peaked, build it a nest of laundry lint and in a few days your pet will be looking fine and frisky.

Making your home Dustbunny friendly:
If you are missing an item, check the Dust Bunny hutch. Unlike Raccoons who will actively look for goodies, Dustbunnies will only take what they can get easily especially anything left on the floor near their home.

Natural enemies of the Dust Bunny: Giant sucking machines (i.e. Hoovers, Kirbys, Dust Vacs, etc.) keep them as far away from your Dustbunny if you don't want to scare them.

I think I have a new appreciation for the little critters, but I still wish they'd find another place to live!

They sure are cute, tho!

Photo courtesy of -- Lynn Martin of Arlington, Texas

1 comment:

  1. What a cute article...and it's something almost everyone can relate to. I thought I was the only one with dust bunnies. Are they hard to see in someone else's house? Or are there phantom housekeepers keeping them away? And I love the picture of the dust bunnies. Thanks Becky-it's about time someone brought them out into the open!



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