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How to Control Dust Mites
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.
Dust Mite Background Information
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.
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 asBedlam Aerosol and Bedlam Plus Bed Bug Killer. Apply these sprays to furniture, surfaces and any other areas where dust mites typically reside on.
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