​For most people, the thought of thousands of tiny creatures living in their home is horrifying. However, dust mites, which are tiny and abundant, are found in the majority of homes. So, should this concern you?
Dust mites are generally thought to be harmless and do not cause any issues. For some people, though, they can trigger allergic reactions and cause misery, leading many to look for ways to get rid of them. If you are looking for a way to eliminate dust mites you may want to consider the following methods before you resort to a chemical approach.
Regularly dust and vacuum the home. When dusting use a damp cloth which will help to prevent spreading the dust from one surface to another, then vacuum. Include all textiles and soft furnishings as well as the floors. A vacuum with a HEPA filter will be the most effective as this helps to stop the redistribution of dust back into the air.
Dust mites love humid conditions so do your best to reduce humidity in the home. Air conditioners and electric blankets are a couple of ways you can do this.
You may wonder whether air purifiers would work to reduce dust mite numbers. Air purifiers are good for those who suffer from allergies and will help to lessen the number of dust mites in the air but, because dust mites are not usually airborne, it will not eliminate them completely. If you are looking to purchase an air purifier, make sure you choose one with a HEPA filter.
Bed linens are one area where dust mites thrive. If you want to get rid of them from bedding you need to wash it at a high temperature, no less than 140 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also place your bedding in the tumble dryer for 10 minutes on high and this will kill them as well.
So, if you are worried about dust mites in your home, try these simple tips which should help to reduce their numbers.