Despite the slightly cutesy name, dust mites are nothing to sneeze at. In fact, these microscopic critters can do serious damage to your health and the health of the people in your home.
Dust mites feed on human and animal dead skin and live in the warm, cosy, humid spaces in our homes. We’re talking bedding, curtains, pillows, mattresses, carpets, rugs and upholstery. There are billions in your living space — and the living mites themselves are not the main problem. The main problem is their feces and dead-mite body parts, which we inhale. While some of us may not react detrimentally to this poop and cadaverous air, other people do: people who already have allergies or respiratory problems.
And let’s get this clear: everyone is affected by dust mites. While you may not find yourself struggling to breathe, you likely will find you are congested when you wake up, have red, itchy, watery eyes and cough more often.
How to Get Rid of Dust Mites
Thankfully, removing these tiny pests from your home isn’t that difficult. There are a host of defensive and offensive measures you can take to win the war of the mite. Here’s what to do:
Wash your sheets and comforters in hot water every two weeks. No less. Doing this will remove any feces or dead mites, and kill live ones.
Use allergen preventing box spring, mattress and pillow covers.
Wash mattress, box spring and pillow covers every three months.
Wash curtains in hot water every three months to clean dust mite debris and kill live mites.
Keep the humidity in your home lower than 50%. Dust mites need at least 50% humidity to live, so by lowering it, you’re making it impossible for them to thrive.
Hire professional carpet cleaners to clean your carpets, upholstery and mattresses at least every 6 months. Not any carpet cleaning package will do. Ask for the allergen treatment, like the dust mites treatment from ChemDry RapidDry. Making this specific request will ensure they use the right tools and solutions to rid your home of dust mites.
If you’re not doing anything to combat dust mites right now, the prospect of taking all these measures may seem a little daunting and more than a little exhausting. That’s understandable. However, just be assured that once you make dust mite prevention, removal and control part of your usual cleaning regime, you’ll notice a huge difference in the air quality of your home, and this —- this increased quality of health —- will keep you motivated to keep fighting the good fight against the mite.