Tips for removing dust mites from your home Tips for removing dust mites from your home

Beds, bedding and pillows are the perfect hiding places for dust mites to multiply in your home.

Dust mites are so small they can only be seen through a microscope. They thrive in temperatures between 68 and 77° F it in environments that are very humid. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “They feed mainly on the tiny flakes of human skin that people shed each day. These flakes work their way deep into the inner layers of furniture, carpets, bedding and even stuffed toys… Dust mites may be the most common trigger of year-round allergies and asthma.”

The most common symptoms of dust mite allergy can range from sneezing, red or watery eyes, nasal congestion or difficulty breathing.

To eliminate them from your home, start by not making your bed immediately in the morning. Let your bed breathe for at least one hour before making it. This way the dust mites will be exposed to air and light which helps to exterminate them.

Also, remember to change your bedding at least once a week. Specialists from the World Allergy Organization recommend washing your sheets and pillowcases with very hot water, “…at the highest temperature possible, as well as vacuuming your mattress and pillows,” the organization explains on their website.

Different alternatives are available on the market such as products created specifically to eliminate dust mites as well as other allergens such as essential oils. If your allergies are severe or if you are experiencing rashes on your skin, see a physician.

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