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Don't Feed Your Dust Bunnies. Vacuum Them.

So what do your dust bunnies like to eat? How many colonies are you raising in those dark, hard-to-reach corners of your home? According to informal polls in our community, the dust bunny population is bursting at the seams, and they're taking down some sophisticated electronics in the process.

While some websites treat dust bunnies as cuddly little friends, with cute photos and instructions on how to feed them, there isn’t much to like about this evidence of poor vacuuming skills.

Dust bunnies are formed when hair, dust, lint and dead skin collect in hard-to-reach spots, such as under the bed or behind a heavy sofa. They are held together by static electricity. Small bunnies can become attracted to each other to form giant dust "rabbits." Homes with pets or people with long hair have the biggest super-dust bunnies.

Dust bunnies can cause expensive problems if they get near your electronics. They can clog vents and cause equipment to overheat. They aren’t easy to spot amidst the tangle of wires that usually accompanies computers and TV setups. If they get really large, you might find they’ll even clog your vacuum.

My advice? Be extra vigilant when it comes to dusting in those neglected corners. Move the heavy furniture a couple of times a year, and try to keep those dust bunnies at bay.

What's your weapon of choice in the battle against the dust bunnies? Let me know here or email me at

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