How To Kill Dust Mites
Sneezing and congestion are familiar problems for those suffering from
allergies. A flair in allergies can be related to multiple environmental
factors. One of these factors which many people fail to treat includes the
presence of dust mites. Even people that do not normally suffer from allergies
can develop them due to prolonged exposure to these microscopic organisms. In
addition to allergies, dust mites can lead to asthma and other bronchial
Where They Hide
Dust mites are little pests that flourish in the dark and warm, moist places in
our homes. They find bedding material to be of particular comfort due to the
ample food supply in this location. Dust mites find that human and animal skin
cells are the tastiest treats. Bedding, mattress, pillows, comforters and
toppers attracts dust mites more because of how efficiently they trap moisture.
Unfortunately, this is where they wreak the most havoc on our systems. They also
find carpet, pet beds and dirty laundry to be quite comfortable.
The Root of the Problem
Killing dust mites can be particularly challenging due to their size and
numbers. They are also unaffected by most poisons and insecticides and to honest
you really don't want to be spraying poison on your bed. However, there are some
safe and simple measures that can effectively provide some relief.
It is not the mites themselves that cause the irritation. It is their dead
body parts and feces who are the culprits. As a result, killing the dust mites
does not eliminate the problem completely. You must reduce their total
population over time. Regularly performing just a few of the following cleaning
routines can assist in waging an effective battle.
Hanging bedding in direct sunlight will kill dust mites. However, exposing your
sheets to the environment on a regular basis also raises the risk of gathering
other allergens. If you do not already wash your bed sheets using hot
water, then begin this regiment. At 130 degrees Fahrenheit, dust mites will not
survive. If you prefer to wash then in cold or warm water then you will want to
use a product that will get rid of the allergens.
Problems with dust mites living in carpeting can call for some different
strategies. Steam-cleaning carpets has proven to be an effective measure. Some
studies have shown a reduction in dust mite populations by as much as 87% when
this type of cleaning was performed. Just make sure they have a good extraction
system or you will end up with a mildew problem as well as dust mites.
Some elements of the bed and furniture cannot be laundered.Items such as
mattresses, upholstered chairs and couches are best cleaned using hot
vapor-cleaning techniques. Vapor steam provides a deeply penetrating clean which
can help to reduce the mite population. Be very careful and make sure that each
piece dries completely.
Consider taking a more preventative approach. Wool bedding contains lanolin, a
natural deterrent to dust mites. Allergen-proof covers are the most effective
defense against dust mites. By covering your mattress, pillows and box springs
you are cutting off the food source and this will kill the existing dust mites
and also keep anymore from getting into your bedding.
If you find that you are having particular problems with children and dust
mites, then consider the stuffed animals as a possible source of the allergen.
Washing stuffed animals on a regular basis is always a good idea. You may also
place the toy in a closed plastic bag which you then place in the freezer. After
freezing, toss them in the dryer for a few minutes to thoroughly shake out the
While you will never be able to kill all of the dust mites in your home you can
do a lot to reduce your exposure.