Have you tried everything to alleviate your allergies but can’t figure out what’s causing them? You may not be able to see them, but dust mites that live in your home might actually be the culprit. Read on to learn how to remove dust mites from your home.
What are dust mites?
Dust mites belong to the spider family and are tiny microscopic insects that you cannot see with the naked eye. Although they have a short life span of two to four months, the females commonly produce up to 100 eggs. That’s bad news for us as they love to feed off the dead skin cells that people and pets shed, and their waste has been found to produce allergenic symptoms.
Where do they live?
Dust mites commonly live on mattresses, bedding, carpets, curtains, toys and upholstered furniture. They love warm and humid environments and peak in Canada around July and August.
Can they harm us?
Luckily for us, dust mites do not bite or spread disease, but unfortunately for some, they do cause irritating allergic reactions. Millions of people suffer from sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and even sore throats, which can all be caused by the common dust mite. Medication can help the symptoms but working to eliminate the bugs works much better.
Can dust mites be eliminated?
No matter how clean your home is dust mites cannot be completely eliminated. But you can greatly reduce the number of mites that are living in your home.
How to reduce the mites?
The first step is to reduce the relative humidity to below 50% in your home. Improving the air ventilation and using a dehumidifier or air conditioner can greatly help. Then make sure to wash your bedding and blankets regularly, in hot water. You can also use allergen impermeable covers to help impede the mites.
You should also declutter your room and if you have lots of upholstered items in your home, make sure you wash them often as they can carry lots of mites. You can also use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter or an industrial strength vacuum cleaner to really deep-clean through the carpet.
You can’t live without them but you can live without the irritating symptoms of allergies. Reduce the dust mites in your home by keeping your bedding, carpet and home consistently clean.