We know that for most people, dust mites are harmless. But did you know that if a family member is allergic to them, the best thing to do is eliminate as many as possible?
Dust mites are microscopic insects measuring less than half a millimeter that are invisible to the naked eye. They are so light that they move with the air. Under a microscope, their appearance can give you shivers. They have eight legs, they are translucent and have a strange shape! These insects are everywhere: in messy and poorly maintained houses and in immaculate houses alike. There are, of course, less of them in cleaner homes.
The Importance of Getting Rid of Them If You Are Allergic
Dust mites usually have no impact on a person’s health. On the other hand, many people are allergic to them, often without knowing it. Several unpleasant effects can be observed: itching, skin redness, sneezing, headache or inflammation of the nasal lining. About 10% of the world’s population is allergic to these insects. Also, symptoms in people with asthma or hay fever can be worsened if they are in a home that contains many dust mites. Although they live no more than 15 weeks, the corpses of mites are equally harmful to allergy sufferers.
Why Are There So Many of Them?
It is estimated that a small cluster of dust under the bed alone contains 10,000 dust mites. A dizzying number! Dusty rooms attract them and allow them to reproduce at a very high speed. Also, pollution and the presence of chemicals indirectly enable their reproduction. Because they feed mainly on dead skin, nails, hair and due to the fact that they love textiles (bedding, curtains, carpets, etc.), they can easily lead a good life in our homes, mainly in the bedroom. There are over a million of them with us while we sleep.
Tips to Get Rid of Them
Unfortunately, it is impossible to eliminate all these microscopic creatures. But you can reduce enough of them so that they no longer harm your health. First, the vacuum cleaner (not to mention under the beds and furniture) should be used every day. Surfaces should be dusted every four days. You could also wash your carpets with an acaricide agent or simply remove carpets from your home. In winter as in summer, open the windows to allow the air to circulate (and get rid of these unwanted insects at the same time.) Every month, remember to wash the textiles (in the washing machine, with hot water) that are in your home: stuffed animals, curtains, chair covers, throws, cushions, etc. It is best to temper your home below 20 degrees Celsius and at a humidity level below 40%. Our last piece of advice: get dust mite-proof mattress and pillow covers.
We hope our tips will be useful!