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Say Goodbye to Dust Mites This Spring
Thousands of dust mites might be hiding in your home right now and contributing to your allergies.
Spring is just around the corner, bringing with it warmer weather and new growth. Unfortunately, Spring is also the herald for allergy season. While you might think your sinuses are safe if you stay inside, dust mites have other ideas. According to the American Lung Association, dust mites are “microscopic, insect-like pests that generate some of the most common indoor allergens that can trigger allergic reactions and asthma in many people.” While dust mites don’t bite or sting, they can still be quite annoying when they trigger your allergies and prevent you from feeling your best.
Hundreds of thousands of dust mites may be hiding in your bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets or curtains right now. Even though you can’t see dust mites, there is a strong possibility they are in your home without your knowledge. In fact, It’s estimated that four out of five homes in the United States have dust mites. Luckily, there are steps you can take to eliminate dust mites.
Purchase dust mite-proof covers for your bedding
Dust mites love to hang out in your bed. This is because they feed off the dead skin that adults automatically shed every day, much of which happens overnight. Therefore, your first line of defense may be purchasing mattress and pillow covers that are specifically designed to keep dust mites away. Studies show that these covers are effective in preventing dust mites, and even found that children with asthma needed less medication when they used these pillow and mattress covers. Plus, dust mite covers for mattresses, pillows, and box springs are sold in a variety of materials, so you can pick the texture that is most comfortable for you and your family.
Clean carefully and frequently.
One way to eliminate dust mites is by maintaining a clean home. The key to eliminating dust mites is keeping dust to a minimum. In addition to adding allergen coverings to your bedding that were mentioned above, you will also want to wash your sheets at least once a week in hot water to keep the dust mites away. This will prevent dust and allergens from accumulating in your bed. For extra protection, wash your clothes and bedding with De-Mite Laundry Additive, or allergen wash.
If you have carpet, make sure you are vacuuming frequently with a vacuum that has a high efficiency filter or a central vacuum cleaner. In addition, try to damp mop your floors and hard surfaces when you clean them. While dry dusting might be faster and easier, it stirs up a lot of dust in the air. Using a damp mop or damp cloth to wipe down surfaces will minimize the amount of dust that gets stirred up.
Freeze Dust Mites Away
Dust mites are not fans of extreme temperatures, whether that means extremely hot or freezing cold. While your freezer isn’t designed to hold bed lines or large furniture, your child’s favorite stuffed animal or a small pillow could benefit from 6-8 hours in your freezer. The cold will kill any dust mites that may be lurking.
Get rid of their home, or at least make it uninhabitable.
While it’s not always practical to do major renovations in your home or buy new furniture, any ability you have to remove the environments where dust mites thrive will ultimately be beneficial. Ideally, you would want to remove carpeting from your home, especially if someone in your house has a severe allergy to dust mites. You may also notice your allergy symptoms improve if you replace your upholstered furniture with hardwood, leather, or synthetic leathers. Make an effort to swap out fabrics you can’t easily clean frequently. If possible, replace drapes and curtains with hard-surface blinds instead.
If you can’t remove the ideal dust mite environments from your home, there are ways to make dust mite hot spots uncomfortable for the little bugs. For example, frequently steam cleaning your couch, sofa, carpets, and rugs will kill dust mites. In addition, there are several denaturing agents you can spray on your couch, carpet, and curtains that will make them uninhabitable for dust mites. You may also consider using a dusting aid when wiping down hard surfaces.
Dust Mites love humidity, and will start to die off once the humidity in your home is below 70%. It’s even better to bring humidity levels in your home down to 50% or lower. You can easily test the humidity levels in your home with an electronic humidity monitor. In order to lower the humidity in your home, open windows on dry days, include an electric blanket in your bedding, and use your air conditioning and dehumidifiers.
While dealing with allergens is never fun, dust mites do not have to be the end of the world. By taking steps to eliminate their environments and making some simple changes to your cleaning routine, your home will be dust mite free in no time!
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