Common Facts About Dust Mites

Dust mites are tiny microorganisms living in mattresses, carpet, curtains and upholstery and feed from human skin's flakes. House dust mites are too small to be noticed to the naked eye. They are found globally, but they occur more significantly in a warm and humid climate. They are harmless to the people as they do not carry diseases, but they cause allergic reactions. Regardless of how clean your home is, it is impossible to totally eliminate dust mites, but there are ways to reduce them significantly.

Reducing dust mites

These recommendations are effective to control the level of the dust mites at home and prevent allergies.

  • It is very important you control the humidity level at your home with dehumidifier and maintaining a level of below 50% will make it better.
     
  • For the mattresses a good habit is to use a mattress protector which is usually installed on the top of the mattress. You can easily wash it together with your linen and in this way reduce the amount of dust mites on the mattress.
     
  • Regular vacuuming of the mattress with the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner is very helpful as beds are a prime habitat. Dust mites prefer warm environment and they are often in the bed together with us without we even notice them.  
     
  • All bedding should be washed once a week with how water and a laundry detergent which kill the dust mites. Wash occasionally your curtains and duvets as they also contain the same amount of dust mites. In the summer take all blankets and duvets outside and leave them for a day on a direct sunlight to get them disinfected.
     
  • Consider installing wooden floors instead of fitting a carpet as carpets accumulate dust and dust mites and cause allergies and they support high mite population.
     
  • When dusting at home, it is advisable you pick the dust with a damp cloth which guarantees the dust will be removed rather than spread around in the room.
     
  • When cleaning your home and vacuuming the floor, it is recommended you use a mask to avoid inhaling allergens. Clean and vacuum your home at least once a week and disinfect all surfaces by properly dusting with a damp cloth. Mop hard floors with a disinfectant to kill bacteria.

Dust mites allergies

Dust mites droppings are the main source of dust mites allergens. When the feces become airborne and inhaled by humans, they cause sneezing and itching. Asthma is very often caused by dust mites and high level of dust mites can cause a previously non-allergic person to develop an allergy. It is a fact that dust mites allergies exceed in severity  other indoor allergens.

Symptoms of dust mites allergy

  • Runny and itchy nose
  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • Sneezing

These symptoms could be present in any season, but they are more severe in the time of the year when the windows are closed and the temperatures are high. These symptoms become worse when we walk on the floor or sit on the bed as the dried dust mites feces become airborne.