The dust mite is a microscopic bug living in any soft-material surface in your home, feeding off dead skin cells and creating dust particles. One spot you can guarantee has dust mites is your bed, in fact hundreds of thousands can be in your pillow right now! While dust mites keep your furniture and bedding from being covered in dead skin cells, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, they are the most common allergy and asthma symptom trigger.
Dust mites tend to thrive when rooms are above 40 percent humidity and at temperatures above 70 degrees. The most detrimental effects occur with chronic exposure. Lack of awareness allows the dust mites to build their hive overtime, and even though they may be far too small to see with the naked eye, ten percent of the weight of a two-year-old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings!
The impact of dust mites is going to differ from person to person depending on their allergen sensitivity, and if they have any preexisting conditions that could flare up. People with already sensitive allergies will experience heightened side effects; nasal congestion, red or itchy eyes, runny and itchy nose, coughing and sometimes facial pressure. For a person with asthma, these symptoms can be a lot worse.
So, let’s go over some ways to efficiently eradicate these mites.
- Dust regularly: this goes without saying, spot cleaning and dusting regularly is going to dramatically decrease breeding grounds.
- Wash bedding: frequently washing bedding and pillows in water at least 130 – 140°F will kill dust mites and their larva.
- Preventative options: the best offense is a great defense! Tight knit or allergen proof encasings for pillows, mattresses, and box springs can efficiently block dust mites from setting up camp where you lay your head. Washing linens in 130-degree temperatures every 7-10 days is another sure-fire way to limit those indoor allergens caused by dust mites.
- Carpet cleaning: professional carpet cleaning is one of the only ways to remove a dust mite infestation in your carpet. Usually, the carpet is too thick or deep for a standard vacuum to remove eggs and larva, so ensuring you are vacuuming often and having carpets professionally cleaned is key.
- Stuffed animals: If you cannot wash these, there is an option to place in a freezer for 3-5 hours per week to kill the dust mites.
Dust mites are just one of the many factors that determine the air quality of your home, and they’re a big variable at that. However, determining the sources of the air pollutants is an unattainable goal for just one person, should you need assistance in that hunt, give Certified a call. Our services will give you a detailed IAQ report with our findings and recommendations, to top it off we’ll throw in a tailored and affordable plan for remediating the cause. Feel free to check out our testimonies from people just like you, in fact Certified Indoor Environmental has over 2,000 five-star reviews!
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CIE | Author – Jordan Singh, Marketing Team | April 20, 2022
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