How To Deal With Dust Mites?


How To Deal With Dust Mites? – Dust mites are tiny arachnids that live in vast numbers in the dust in our homes. The mites feed off human skin. They are not parasites and do no damage unless someone in the house is allergic to them – or rather their droppings. These allergens have been identified as a major cause of asthma.

The mites are found in great concentrations in carpets and upholstered furniture. However, their favored location is bedrooms, especially bedding.Dust mites are in every home and are impossible to eradicate. Even if you were able to get rid of them all, they would quickly recolonize the house, floating in on the air as soon as a window was opened.

If you or a member of your family has asthma, ask your doctor or specialist for advice on controlling dust mites. Health advice is beyond the remit of this article, but the following may help.

Air the bed. Sunlight and dry air reduce dust mite numbers. Every morning, open the windows, pull back the bedclothes and leave for as long as possible — up to an hour if you can; if not, for at least 20 minutes. To get the bed as dry as possible, use an electric blanket.

Wash bedding at high temperatures. Mites are killed by temperatures of 55°C and above, so buy bedding that can be washed at high temperatures (usually, this means a 60°C wash). Dry-cleaning will also kill dust mites.

Use mite-proof mattress and pillow covers. There are many different types, including micro-porous synthetic covers, which contain tiny holes that let water vapor through. Best of all are anti-mite covers made from high-quality Egyptian cotton, whose weave is so tight that dust mites cannot get through. They are expensive but last a lifetime and can be washed at high temperatures. Whichever you choose, the covers must enclose the mattress and pillows completely.

Keep the house as dry and well ventilated as possible. Open windows every day to let in air and sunlight. If the bathroom is carpeted, take up the carpet and replace with tiles or vinyl flooring. When vacuuming the bedroom, cover the bed with a clean dustsheet and leave the windows open for an hour afterwards to let the dust settle. When dusting, use a damp cloth to prevent dust flying about.

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