Dust Mites Are Insects

Allergies to Dust MitesOne of the most common causes of allergies is dust mites. These tiny insects live everywhere and they feed on the millions of dead skin cells that fall off our bodies daily. The main allergic part of the common house dust is the dust mites together with other particles and have things like bacteria, fabric fibers and tiny allergens from animals. In most parts of the United States except in the high altitude places, dust mites are present all year long. They are commonly found in beddings, carpets and upholsteries.

Dust tends to accumulate everywhere inside the house. There are several substances contained in dusts like dust mites that can trigger asthma symptoms like coughing, wheezing or other allergic reactions such as stuffy nose of allergic rhinitis or rash of atopic dermatitis. Allergens are what these substances are commonly called.

Even though there is not enough evidence to prove that reducing the dust and dust mites in your house can also limit the symptoms of dust mites allergy or asthma, there are several steps that can be helpful in preventing them. Dust mites can only be seen under a microscope, so it is very hard to know where most of them are located in the house.

Always keep your house dry and aired out. Dust mites thrive in places where humidity is more than 50%, but they can’t survive in dry places. So try to maintain humidity inside your home below 50%. This can be hard during some season and in some climates! Keep plants and fish tanks out of the bedroom because it can add to humidity.

Dust mites can’t be picked up by a dry vacuum. If possible, try to occasionally steam clean your carpets. The steam’s heat will not only clean your carpets but it can also kill the dust mites. There are also some chemicals like ascarisides that can kill dust mites. You can use this on carpets and upholstered furniture. However, there are some experts who are not convinced of the effects of chemicals in eliminating dust mites. And you are adding another chemical to an already toxic mix that surrounds you.

Wash your bedding at least once a week. Use hot water in washing your pillowcases and mattress covers. In addition, dry your bedding at high temperatures.

You can also use allergen proof covers on your box spring, pillows and mattress to help limit your contact with dust mites. This can be a great way to reduce the allergens inside your home. Be sure that you wash these covers regularly to keep them clean and sanitary.

Maintain cleanliness especially in the bedroom where children and adults spend a lot of time. Try to keep allergens out of this room and in other parts of the house to prevent any symptoms of allergic reactions from allergens like dust mites.

Allergic or not … keeping your home as free from dust and dust mites as possible is a good idea.


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  1. jh19 says:

    Hi, We do some work with a company that may have a solution that helps people in this situation. About a third of our lives are spent in bed and beds are a haven for dust mites because of the warm and humid environment that allows them to dine on human skin flakes. Dust mite excreta are loaded with allergens that cause the negative allergy symptoms. The Asthma Society of Canada and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America have approved many products as being “certified asthma and allergy friendly”. This includes SmartSilk bedding products. They have been proven to kill dust mites by removing the heat and moisture dust mites need to survive. The product really helped my daughter. Check out the SmartSilk website.

    • Wendy says:

      Thanks for that information. The product looks really interesting. Keeping our beds free of dust mites would really help, now all we have to do is figure out how to keep them out of the carpets, sofas and other furniture!

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