Friday, April 9

Getting Rid of Dust Mites

House dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinusImage via Wikipedia
Dust mites are microscopic arachnids that live in our pillows, beddings, carpets, door mats, upholstery and curtains. If we do not clean and wash these, dust mites will most likely proliferate.

How do you get rid of dust mites from your home? The first and most important step is to get rid of the types of materials that dust mites love to live in. Beddings like comforters and feather pillows should be exchanged for latex mattresses, dust mite covers and cotton sheets.

If you do not want to throw a perfectly good comforter, you must make sure the beddings are washed in hot water at least once a week. Use a strong detergent and air dry them under the sun to disinfect them.

Vacuuming the upholstered furniture and the carpet everyday cleans them of dust, but it may not completely get rid of dust mites. Wash the carpet and curtains once a week to kill the mites. You can also use a household insecticide made for dust mites.

If your home has airconditioning units, you should install an HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. This type of filter keeps out even the microscopic dust mites.

It's a good thing that airconditioners also lower the humidity, aside from lowering the temperature, around the house. Dust mites love to thrive in warm and humid places.

Lower the temperature as low as you can stand. If you have a thermostat, so much the better. Lower it down to 70 degrees or below for a few minutes. If you have a humidity gauge, keep the level below 35 percent.

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