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How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

May 29th, 2008

picture-of-dust-mite.jpgThis article by Kristie Leong provides four tips for how to kill, eliminate, or otherwise get rid of dust mites. These little critters are only half a millimeter long and have a pretty short life span (up to 75 for females and 30 days for males), but they also reproduce quickly, so they can be very difficult to completely get rid of if you wind up with a major infestation. A highly magnified picture of a dust mite can be found in the upper left corner of this paragraph. Meanwhile, reading through this article on getting rid of dust mites has reminded me that it is definitely time to change my bed sheets and wash the old ones.

If you have a history of allergy symptoms, you may be suffering from the effects of pesky, indoor dust mites. These tiny bugs are members of the spider family and have the ability to wreck havoc with your allergy symptoms if you’re unfortunate enough to be sensitive to them. They tend to thrive in areas that are warm and moist and are a common resident in most homes in America.

Whether you like it or not, these little bugs may have taken up residence in your bedding, clothing, furniture, or other areas of your home where conditions are ripe for their survival. Once they’ve established themselves in your house, you need to take immediate measures to eliminate them. This can help to reduce your allergy symptoms if you’re sensitive to them. Here are some effective ways to get rid of dust mites:

1. Wash bedding at least every two weeks

Since bedding is one of the most frequent places for dust mites to hide out, probably the most important step for how to get rid of dust mites is making sure that you thoroughly wash all bed linens, sheets, pillowcases, etc. at least once every two weeks. Use hot water to make sure you kill all of the mites. Generally, water should be at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit to destroy any type of bugs.

2. Reduce indoor humidity

Since dust mites thrive in warm, high humidity environments, it’s important to keep the humidity of your home less than 50 percent. To measure indoor humidity, purchase a hygrometer, available at most hardware stores. If it’s above fifty percent, consider purchasing a dehumidifier to help bring it down.

3. Remove unnecessary carpeting

Dust mites thrive within the fibers of carpeting. If possible, remove the rugs in your home and replace them with hard flooring. This step can go far towards reducing the number of dust mites in your home. Vacuuming is generally not effective at eliminating dust mites, although it may reduce the population. Never vacuum without a mask if you suffer from allergies.

4. Encase your pillows and mattresses in vinyl

Covering your mattress and pillows in vinyl can significantly reduce the dust mite population in your bedroom. This step is generally not cost prohibitive and can have a positive impact on allergy symptoms.

Taking these four steps to eliminate dust mites can be quite effective and may allow you some relief from your allergy or asthma symptoms. Why not give them a try?

Related article: How to Get Rid of Ants in Your House

3 Responses to “How to Get Rid of Dust Mites”

  1. comment number 1 by: Alan Bamboo

    Just happened to see your post.

    In winter we put our pillows etc. outside for a few hours……freezing kills dust mites.

    Good to know what to do now that it’s summer for me.

  2. comment number 2 by: G@ttoGiallo

    Oh, don’t kill them, they’re so cute enlarged!

  3. comment number 3 by: lorraine

    ya my husband said they were so friendly to attach to us so lovingly. i am havin a wicked party over here.

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