There’s been a lot of buzz about dust mites lately but just what are they? Dust mites are tiny bugs that feed off of pet and human dander. Their size is actually smaller than the period at the end of a sentence measuring about 1/100th of an inch in length. Those who suffer fro asthma may find themselves wheezing more especially at night if you are sitting or laying on furniture infested with these tiny bugs. Runny nose, sneezing, wheezing and
nasal congestion could all be symptons of a dust mite allergy so reducing or eliminating dust mites altogether is necessary, especially for anyone with allergies or asthma. If you find allergy or asthma symptons are worse than usual, additional medication may be necessary but be sure to consult with your physchian first. Read more about allergies and children.
It’s not a happy thought but the reality is dust mites like mattresses. So, start in the bedroom and check bed pillows, carpets and other furniture because these are all great places for them to live. A tightly woven, dust proof cover over your mattress and pillows, use very hot water (around 130°F to 140°F every week to launder the bed linens and/or pillows. If you use a dust proof cover, the pillow case goes over the cover. Be careful about the water temperature because this is higher than the normal hot water heater temperature of 120°F and could cause scalding. A good alternative is to use a commercial laundry. Read more about the dust mite life cycle.
Other things you can do to eliminate dust mites in your home:
- Use hardwood, tile or vinyl flooring instead of carpert. Dust mites love carpet and multiply rapidly. If carpet is used, be sure not to place it directly on concrete.
- Dust mites thrive in warm, humid places and the warm space between a rug and concrete is an ideal place for these pests.
- Vaccum carpets and upholstery weekly.Air filters can also combat against mites in your home.
- Dehumidifiers are excellent or running the air conditioner to lower humidity.
- Dust surfaces with a damp cloth at least weekly or more often than that if necessary.
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