Dust Mites in The Home and How to Get Rid of Them

When you talk about allergies most of the time, you think about pollen, cats, dogs, pet dander, dust, and even mold. But many times there is a dust mite allergy guilty for your allergy problems. Most of the time people just say they are allergic to dust and yes you can be allergic to dust and not to the dust mites, but most of the time people are allergic to little-naked eye invisible organisms instead.

Dust Mites in The Home and  How to Get Rid of Them

There are many different types of dust mite species. These little organisms are feeding on our skin which we regularly lose every day. Old skin falls down while the new one grows, something like snakes does, but we humans, do it every day little by little. That skin pieces are dust mites food.

What Are Dust Mites?

Dust mites are arthropods who live near humans since the food they eat is provided by us. Millions of dust mites are in our homes, and we are living in harmony without problems unless there are allergic reactions to the dust mites. Then, unfortunately, we can no longer live, and we need to get rid of the dust mites as soon as possible.

These little bugs are sleeping with us inside our mattresses, they live under carpets, curtains or just hang on our furniture. They love to stay inside our homes because they have an unlimited source of food.

Can You See Dust Mites?

Like already stated with a naked eye you can not see dust mites. These microscopic organisms are so small that you need a microscope to see them. If you do have a chance to see dust mites under the microscope you will see that they look like tiny spiders, they have legs and body of a spider. They have 8 legs but don’t have antenna or eyes, probably because they are living in a microscopic world and don’t need eyes to function properly.

Dust mites can easily travel from room to room and even from home to home. Dust mites can hang on our, and you will spread them all over the house. The only way to know if your home is infested by dust mites is to grab some dust from the corner or maybe even take it from the mattress and check it with a microscope. For the best results, it is wise to go and check the dust for dust mites in a scientific laboratory where scientists have professional equipment. With such highly advanced equipment you can for sure tell if you have dust mites in your home.

But if you want to look at them with your own eyes, you can buy a cheap 10x magnification microscope from a hobby store that sells microscopes to young scientists. Or you can get an electronic microscope which can be used in many different ways. You can get one for an affordable price since these microscopes are attached to computer or laptop and do not require any advanced technology except good software to actually create microscopic pictures. Most of the electronic microscopes have such software included in the package.

What Can you do to Get Rid of Dust Mites

Wash Beddings, Furniture, Curtains Regularly

The most important thing to get rid of dust mites is to wash everything. Everything that can be washed you should clean regularly. Clothes we do wash regularly, but if you don’t do that you should start doing it, it is not the dirt that is causing the problem, the dust mites can spread because on the cloth they have an unlimited food source and can reproduce very fast.

The same reason is crucial to clean your beddings. We stay in bad for 1/3 of a day and lots of dead skin is accumulated in the bed, because of that dust mites love to hang in our beds. Eliminate them by washing beddings regularly. You can also buy special bed sheets that are dust mite resistant. Today we even have mattresses that claim to be dust mite resistant.

Keep Your Home Free From Stuff

If you work from home or if you like to keep stuff all around the house then you should immediately do the cleaning, put all the things on the proper place. Clutter is the major problem of destroying dust mites. When there is too many stuff in a home, the amount of dust can only grow. And if the dust grows, then there are dust mites as well. You can sell extra stuff you don’t need, or you can simply put all the not needed items in the garage.

Use Vacuum Cleaner Frequently

Using a vacuum cleaner can be counterproductive if the vacuum cleaner is cheap and is not having HEPA filters or some kind of a quality water filter. By vacuuming with a cheap vacuum cleaner, you can release dust mites back in the air, and then you can get serious problems. A much safer way to remove dust and dust mites is by using special cloth for removing dust. This special cloth can be used as damp or dry. Make sure you read a proper usage of the dust removing fabric. 

Carpets Also Need to be Cleaned

Most homes have carpets, and that’s the way we love our floors to be. We want them to be warm and soft so we can walk without shoes. But the carpets are the best place for dust mites to hide. Because of that carpets need to be cleaned regularly. You need to use a vacuum cleaner to suck all the dust together with a dust mites. But keep in mind that you need to use a special vacuum cleaner that either has a decent HEPA filter or a powerful water filter. 

Conclusion

Dust mites are not the problem, and we live with them for centuries, but the problem is when a person becomes allergic to dust or dust mites, and the only way to prevent allergic reactions is to get rid of the dust mites. In this article, I hope I have helped you and show you some ideas on how to get rid of the dust mites.

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