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How to Control Dust MitesThe allergy inducing dust mite

If you’re a person that suffers from allergies, you know full well about the most common outdoor allergen of pollen. Indoors, however, dust mites are the main culprits which cause allergic reactions such as sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, breathing problems, eczema breakouts, and most severely, asthma

Dust mites live in virtually every home and is an unwanted intruder that lives amongst us, though they are practically invisible to the naked eye. They feast on dust that accumulates in our home and on top of that they are known for shedding their skin and leaving their feces around. When these particles get into your breathing passages, especially for someone who is vulnerable to allergies, it can make staying in the home unlivable and miserable.  

If you or someone in your family is suffering from the above allergy-based symptoms caused by dust mites, action must be taken immediately. Solutions Pest and Lawn has products that can address dust mites and we will share with you a little about this allergy-causing pest and how to eliminate them from your home.




How To Get Rid of Dust Mites: 4 Step Solution


Step 1: Identification. Dust mites are hard to see, and are essentially microscopic. If you were to look at them under a microscope you would see you will see that they are a creamy white to creamy blue color and, as adults, they have eight legs. While you may not be able to directly see them, if you’re suffering from allergic reactions, then you know that they are definitely there.


This is because dust mites main diet is dead flesh, mainly our skin cells and flakes which fall off of us. When an insect eats, it also poops and thus, allergic reactions are created via the dust mite feces.


Step 2: Inspection. Chances are, your home has dust mites without you even knowing it. They are basically ever-present for everyone and are likely currently on you and your clothes at the moment. A scary thought, we know. Since these pests are so tiny they can’t be seen, it’s quite hard to do a physical inspection but there are signs you can look for to determine where they are large in number.


Dust mite populations are usually the highest during the summer time when it is humid and the lowest during the winter months when it is more dry. This is largely due to the availability of moist conditions and water.


While there are test kits available to check if you have termites, it’s rather unnecessary to conduct a test because dust mites are found in nearly every household. The best form of inspection is to check your bedding where you sleep. If there’s been heightened allergy symptoms in your home, this is the clearest sign of a dust mite problem.


Step 3: Control. A combination of good sanitation measures and chemical products can work to significantly reduce the dust mite presence to the point where the allergic reactions are no longer occurring. You can start by washing and drying your bedding frequently. Do it at least once a week and wash the bedding in hot water which will kill off dust mites residing on the sheets.


Follow up by conducting a good vacuuming and dusting around your house to lessen dust particles. Finally, you should use dust killer spray products for spray treatment. We have some great aerosol sprays like Bedlam Aerosol or Pyrid Aerosol which you can spray directly on your bed and furniture carpeting where dust mites frequent. These products will kill dust mites instantly upon contact.


Step 4: Prevention. While there is no way to totally prevent dust mites from setting foot in your home, there are things you can do to lessen their presence. This step mainly has to do with sanitation which we covered in the previous step. Keep dust accumulation to a minimum by vacuuming and dusting regularly and rotating your bedding. Reduce humidity in the home and consider installing an air purifier in your home.


Another smart thing is to get a cover for your mattress and couch like the Clean Brands Pro Mattress Bed Bug Cover though it’s listed for bed bugs, it can also help protect against dust mites.As long as you keep your home clean and dust-free as much as possible, your dust mite allergies should subside.


Dust Mite Background Informationdust mite magnified

The dust mite (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) is actually the microscopic relative of the spider and is part of the Arachnid class of insects. They are usually difficult to identify because of their small size as they are usually only about 250 to 300 microns long with translucent bodies. When seen through at least 10 times magnification, they have simple striated cuticles across the top and bottoms of their bodies. They are oval shaped with eight legs; they have no eyes and a mouthpart group that resembles a head. They are also a hairy insect, having long and short hairs on covering different margins of their bodies.

Dust mites can be found virtually in homes everywhere across the world. In homes, dust mites live out their lifespan on objects like couches, chairs, bedding, mattresses, stuffed toys and clothing. To survive, dust mites require a high amount of humidity and moisture. The more damp and humid it is in parts of the home, the more dust mites will be present.

Dust mite’s live relatively short lives. Adult female dust mites lay about 40 to 80 eggs over a 1 to 2 month span of time and once theses eggs hatch they begin feeding immediately. The larvae of a dust mite goes through two nymph stages before reaching adulthood which can last between one to three months.  During this time span they will shed their skin twice, which is a major allergen to those susceptible.

Dust mites mainly consume dander from pets and humans for survival. Us humans shed about ⅕ of an ounce of dander a week so we basically provide them a ton of food to consume. The dander we leave behind is most commonly found on furniture, carpeting and bedding but due to it’s light weight, dander will float around to most any part of the home.  

People being allergic to dust mites vary. While clearly some people are not affected by dust mites, for those who are allergic, dust mites can pose a significant problem. It is believed that exposure to dust mites at a young age contributes to allergic reactions as a human grows older which can impact a person for their entire life. Reactions to the shedding skin and fecal matter of dust mites include sneezing, itching, watery eyes, wheezing, headaches, fatigue and depression.

A major issue that dust mites play a part in is their impact on those who suffer from asthma. Asthmatics require clean and allergen free air to breath. Dust mites pose a major threat to those type of people and when present, action must be taken to eliminate them or else a person will suffer from severe respiratory problems.

dust mite infestationLearn More About Dust Mites

Long ago--around the time we being able to harvest our own food--humans settled down. We built homes and went indoors. Humans built permanent dwelling spaces to protect us from the elements and to keep the wild animals and creepy insects at bay, or so we thought.


Unfortunately, insects were right there with us and they still are, quite possibly right under our noses such as dust mites. To learn more about dust mites, you must first understand what dust is. Dust particles are tiny, but if you were to zoom in, you would find an ecosystem almost as elaborate as the one we left outside but small enough for us to forget it exists.


Dust is pretty much anything small, but the most ingredient of dust, at least for the purposes of dust mites, is skin. Your skin, your pet’s skin and your family’s skin are found in dust. Tiny flakes of our skin fall of our bodies all day long.


Researchers collect and study household dust to find out what exactly makes up this micro universe. And what they find in the middle of all this dust are dust mites. Even the cleanest homes are crawling with tiny almost invisible roommates. And you may have even more dust mites than usual if you don’t live alone. The presence of kids, pets and other housemates means more dust mites.


Most homes have over 100 species of tiny bugs, no matter how often you vacuum. What may give you some solace is that most of these microscopic roommates are harmless. They just are freeloaders pretty much except for the dust mite. The typical dust mite is like a roommate who leaves all his junk around and makes you sick.


Dust mites don’t bite people. They don’t need to. We feed them constantly with our skin flakes. Skin flakes are hard to digest. It’s like eating hair or feathers. However, dust mites have powerful digestive enzymes made to break the skin down for consumption. Those enzymes turn up in dust mite feces.  


Let’s just say that you don’t want to know how much dust mite poop is laying around in your home. When people breathe dust, they breathe in the poop as well as the enzymes, which can irritate the lungs and can aggravate asthma, especially in children.


Like us humans, dust mites haven’t always lived inside either. These tine relatives of spiders and scorpions used to commonly live in birds nests. As time went on, dust mites made the transition from birds homes to our homes.


As our society thrives and grew, so did the dust mites. Before you go run to the shower to wash the dust mites off, consider this. Dust mites are basically sanitation workers who help clean up our mess. Dust mites play an important role in the ecological process, turning our biological waste into their food.


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Dust Mite FAQdust mites

Where do house dust mites live?

You may not want to hear it but, dust mites live on us and in our homes, right where we sleep. They also live on our floors. They are everywhere we are.


Dead skin makes up 90% of the dust on our floors not to mention an army of creeping crawling dust mites. Even in our beds they keep us company. They move easily through the wave of blankets and sheets in search of more food.


What does a dust mite bite look like on a human?

Dust mites don’t bite people. But we do feed them our skin. The diet of a dust mite is mostly skin flakes, which we provide plenty of for them to consume. It’s a never ending feast, and we’re the suppliers whether we like it or not.


Are dust mites visible?

Dust mites are practically impossible to see with the naked eye. Seen through an electron microscope, a dust mite is an 80th of an inch long.


Can you feel dust mites on you?

No you really can’t. The body we think we know is really an illusion, borne of our limited perspective. Sometimes, of course, ignorance is bliss. It’s not easy accepting the fact that billions of other organisms live on or in us.


Some of our closest companions have never been introduced to us.


How to get rid of dust mites naturally?

There’s no fool proof way to completely get rid of dust mites. They are all around us. The best we can do is get where we live to a point where dust mites aren’t excessively infesting our homes to the point where they are causing us to have allergic reactions.


The best way to do this is to sanitize our homes. Remove the dust which accumulates around the home, vacuum, wash clothing and bedding routinely and don’t let your home get too dirty and you’ll lessen the saturation of dust mites in your home.


How do you get rid of dust mites on skin?

There’s no way to completely get rid of dust mites on your skin. You can however, lessen the amount of dust mites on you by being hygienic by showering regularly and washing your clothing and sleeping areas on a routine basis.


How do you get rid of dust mites on your couch?

Vacuuming and dusting your couch is the best way to reduce the amount of dust mites on your couch. The more dust particles there is, the more dust mites will be present. Purchase a vacuum, preferably one which contains a HEPA filter since they can suck up the finest of particles which can cause allergies, such as dust mite feces.

How Do You Know If You Have Dust Mites?

It should be common knowledge that if you are living a home and are a human, you have dust mites in your home. They are unavoidable. However you may have an excessive amount of dust mites if you are showing symptoms of allergies such as having trouble breathing.


Common symptoms include nasal congestion at night time and lots of sneezing and stuffiness while you are in your home. If you have children and they show symptoms of asthma, this could also signal a dust mite problem which should be addressed.


Tips on Dust Mite Control

If you or a family member in your home is very allergenic, dust mites can make life absolutely miserable. For your family's comfort and protection, there are some practical steps you can take to reduce the dust mite population in your home. These include:

  • Reducing moisture and humidity: A dehumidifer can be a great help in reducing the humidity in the air or maintaining a temperature in your home where the humidity gets reduced. Dust mites require at least 60% humidity to survive so setting it below this amount can help in getting rid of dust mites.

  • Vacuuming: Vacuuming regularly, preferable with a vacuum which uses a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting) filter can suck up those microscopic mites, what they leave behind and what they enjoy. Not only would this type of filter take care of dust mites, it can also reduce other allergens in the air like pet dander, cigarette ash, mold spores and pollen.

  • Sanitation measures: Replacing old dusty items like stuffed animals and bedding is a good way to reduce the presence of dust mites. Washing all bed sheets, covers and pillowcases at hot temperatures once a week can kill dust mites and using specially made covers which are allergen-impermeable can also help. Dusting and general housecleaning practices can also go a long way in eliminating dust mites.


Solutions Recommended Products for Dust Mites

We have a few products available which can kill dust mites that are creating a problem inside your home. JT Eaton Kills Bed Bug Plus Spray Aerosol is a good spray to use as well as Bedlam Aerosol and Bedlam Plus Bed Bug Killer.  Apply these sprays to furniture, surfaces and any other areas where dust mites typically reside on. 

Browse our dust mite control products below. If you ever have any questions or concerns, we are happy to assist you via our various channels of communications: by phone, live chat or email.


Additional Resources:


Dust Mite Allergy | AAFA.org

Dust Allergy | Causes, Symptoms & Treatment | ACAAI Public Website

Dust Mites - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIH

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