Dust mites are microscopic creatures that dwell where humans tend to be found. They make their meals from dead skin from humans, pets and various microorganisms. They are also the cause of many of the allergic reactions that humans experience. In the case that you have allergies, there is a good chance that this is one of them. They can be the cause of breathing problems such as asthma, as well as dermatitis, and conjunctivitis. These conditions can be more than irritating and in fact can be quite dangerous so it is important to control the problem of dust mites as much as possible.
A Dust Mite’s Favorite Spot
There are a number of places where these dust mites like to live:
- Pillows and bed: These areas should be kept clean at all times. You should be spending several hours a day in these places and the dead skin starts to add up.
- Couches and chairs: Couches and chairs end up with a lot of dead skins cells also and quickly become a favorite for dust mites.
- Drapes and curtains: While these heavier materials might look nice, they collect dust which makes them a nice buffet for these creatures.
- Carpets: A drop off spot for flying dead skin cells whether from humans or pets, the more carpet you have, the more dust mites you have also.
Fending Off the Creatures
There are a number of different things that you can do to get rid of these creatures. The first step is to clean the areas where they feed and breed. Dusting does not count as real cleaning because it only touches the surface and only a few of these creatures live there.
Instead of just dusting the areas, vacuum. Use your vacuum for your mattress and pillows. It is better if there is a HEPA filter in the vacuum.
Wash everything. Wash your pillows, bedding and even your mattress. Leave the mattress in the sun to dry as the sunlight kills dust mites. Wash everything else with hot water because they can’t endure hot temperatures either.
Repeat this with the carpet. Vacuum the carpets or get rid of them altogether.
Washing drapes is a little difficult but you can replace them with shades that are much easier to clean and they don’t collect dust.
In the case that you have children that love stuffed animals or perhaps you love them yourself, keep them clean. If you can’t wash or vacuum them then keep them in a sealed plastic bag. This not only keeps them clean but also preserves them.
Other places to keep clean include drawers, closets, attics, and hard to reach areas such and under heavy furniture.