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How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

Dust Mites

There are some threats that you can see and some that you can’t. Dust mites fall into the category of threats that aren’t visible to the naked eye. They can occur within the dust that accumulates in your household. They could be inside your bed and carpets waiting for a moment’s notice to spread allergies.

Dust mites can be found in your bed mattresses and sheets as well as pillows. They can be hiding out within the confines of your pet’s fur because of their affinity to pet dander. They’re not bedbugs or bird mites. You might have heard of the phrase “don’t let the bed bugs bite.” That’s because the bed bugs are, in fact, the ones who bite. Not the dust mites. Here are some of the things that you should know about dust mites.

About Dust Mites

Dust mites are eight legged creatures that belong to the arachnid family. They’re microscopic so they can’t be spotted by the naked eye. Their main source of nutrition is the dead skin cells that we shed from our bodies daily. In return the hard shell and the feces that these mites send our way, gives us those nagging allergies like a runny nose, nasal congestion, breathing problems, watery eyes and itchy scalp or skin.

It is said that a dust mite will produce over 200 times its bodyweight in feces (which humans are allergic to) during its lifetime. A female’s life span lasts about 2 to 3 months. During this time, the mite can lay close to a 100 eggs. That’s why they grow so rapidly.

That’s not all; the fact that a carpet can have about a hundred thousand of these mites, spells trouble for us humans. A used mattress can occupy anywhere between 100’000 to 10 million dust mites. The sunlight coming through your room illuminates dust that consists of their discarded skin flakes.
So what can you do to get rid of these nasty, almost invisible critters from your house?

Rid your house of Dust Mites, once and for all

⦁ Leave your bed as it is when you wake up


Great news, just say you have dust mites whenever your mom asks you to make the bed and you just don’t feel like it. No, but seriously, mites love moisture and your dead skin cells. When you air your bed instead of making it, you take away that moisture time to dry and leaves little for these tiny horrors to absorb.


⦁ No pets in the Bedroom


Dust mites are attracted to pet dander. So it’s best to limit their access to where you sleep. If you’re completely heartless, you can go so far as to make them sleep out on the patio, garden or even in the garage. If you’ve got a soft spot for them, and want them in the house. Limit their access to one or two rooms. Don’t let them near the bedroom.


⦁ Get Hardwood floors and rid of carpets


You can have tile or marble floors, too. Anything that doesn’t have fabric works are dust-mite free flooring. When there’s no pet dander or any dead skin cells on the floor and can easily be cleaned away, dust mites have no reason to stick around.
Getting a HEPA filter can reduce your exposure to the particulates in the dust mite waste matter that makes you allergic. Get one until you can gather enough funds to replace your flooring.


⦁ Sleep on polyester instead of feathers


When you sleep on polyester and other synthetic materials, you’re reducing the risk of being infested with mites as they love feathers and softer, more natural fabric. You spend 6 to 8 hours of the day with your head buried in the pillow. Might as well replace them with something that won’t increase your allergies.


Wash or steam the fabric on carpets, cushions, bedsheets and covers. The higher temperature of steam is unbearable for the dust mites and it kills them. In addition to that, it kills bacteria and dissolves and dirt and dust that may be found inside the fabric. Use leather made sofas and cushions instead of fabric so that it doesn’t attract these mites in the first place and you’ll be fine.


⦁ Fabric is not your friend


How can you call someone or something that harbors your enemies your friend? The saying “enemy of your enemies is your friend” couldn’t be truer here. The cushions and curtains that feel soft to the touch harbor tens of thousands of dust mites inside. They need to be protected by way of coatings of plastic or gotten rid of completely. Cleaning tem regularly like your sheets will also work. Every time you sit on those soft sofas or open the blinds, much of that waste is thrown into the air. That’s what’s been causing your allergies all along.

If you have a kid and the love teddy bears and such, these cuddle buddies are another paradise of these microscopic threats. Be sure to get washable cuddle buddies when you can, so that your kid doesn’t fall prey to dust mite allergies or throw a tantrum.

Prevention is better than any cure

Nip that Dust mite infestation in its bud. Keep yourselves and your household as clean as possible. Wash up as after yourselves and your belongings. But if you are dealing with dust mites issues in your home, we have some easy to use solutions. Sterifab is a great product to use for application for stuffed animals, carpet, and bedding. It might be time to use a mattresss and boxspring encasements, designed for both bed bugs and dust mites.
The cleaner you keep your beds and furniture, the better you’ll be able to keep these miniature monstrosities away.

Professional DIY Products for Dust Mite Control

The above remedies may help to prevent or reduce the population of dust mites in your home, but if dust mites are already well-established, you may have to resort to more solid measures like professional DIY pest control products. At Solutions Pest & Lawn, 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 Aerosoland Bedlam Plus Bed Bug Killer.  Apply these sprays to furniture, surfaces and any other areas where dust mites typically reside on. 

Another great product is Sterifab.  Spraying Sterifab on bedding, furniture and just about any object on which dust mites want to live will immediately kill current populations.

Conclusion

For those with allergies, the presence of dust mites can make life miserable. With the help of our tips and product recommendations above, you can quickly and easily get rid of your dust mite issue. If you need any help, call us at 800-479-6583 or shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com

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