Ways to Reduce Dust Mites

What are dust mites?

Dust mites are tiny creatures that live off dead skin shed by humans and pets. Although they are not toxic to healthy people, they can cause problems for people with severe allergies and respiratory conditions such as asthma.

So how can we get rid of dust mites?

Though there is no way to get rid of them completely, there are ways to reduce them. These include:

  • Ensuring that your wash bed-sheets at least once a week can lower the amount of dust mites and help with allergies.
  • If you have any non-washable bedding, freezing them over will kill any dust mites attached to them.
  • People who live in housing with linoleum or wooden floors are proven to be less effected by the dust mites, as they live and grow in carpets. If you do have carpets, steam them regularly with water that's over 130 degrees.
  • When removing dust, use a damp mop or cloth as dry material stirs up the allergens from the dust mites.
  • It is a good idea to throw pillows away after 6 months to 2 years as they cannot be cleaned effectively in order to get rid of possible dust mites. Failing this, put your pillows in a plastic bag, remove as much oxygen as possible and then freeze them for 48 hours.
  • If you have pets, wipe their fur with a damp cloth when they return from outside, as it will prevent strands falling and therefore increasing the number of dust mites. Changing and washing your pets bedding frequently is also another way to help reduce these irritating allergens.

These tips should help decrease not only the number of dust mites in your home, but you’re sneezing as well. Failing all of these, remember that you can still call a professional to reduce them using magic heat lamps and chemicals.