Kill Dust Mites
I didn’t want to scare you with a real picture of Dust Mites…BUT here it is, and Dust Mites are not cute. They are little critters, than can make us sneeze, disturb our sleep, and even make us sick. They even love our beds as much as we do!
It is estimated…that anywhere from 100 thousand to 10 million dust mites hang out and live on our discarded skin and hair, in our BEDS!! Each mite defecates on average twenty times a day!!! Their fecal matter is so small that they float in the air, circulating around your home.
BUT…you actually CAN KILLS these little guys…
What are Dust Mites?
Dust mites belong to the same family as spiders and are so tiny you can’t see them without a microscope. They feed on discarded human skin, house dust, and other microscopic food sources such as pollen and fungal spores. Dust mites don’t bite or sting. However, their bodies contain a strong allergen, and they also shed droppings and skin.
House dust mites can trigger respiratory or dermatological conditions including asthma and eczema. Symptoms can include:
- a tight feeling in the chest
- runny nose
- itchy nose
- itchy eyes
- itchy skin
- skin rashes.
Here is a bit more info about Dust Mites!
- A bed can contain up to 10 million Dust Mites over a five year period.
- A bed can contain up to 2.5 billion droppings over a five year period.
- 1/2 teaspoon of dust contains 1000 Dust Mites and 250,000 droppings.
- Female Dust Mites can lay up to 50 eggs every three weeks.
- One dust mites does 20 droppings per day.
Why do Dust Mites live in our homes?
Our homes provide everything a Dust Mite needs. The diet of the house dust mite includes shed skin flakes, pollen and fungal spores. It prefers warm, humid and dark environments. Common hiding spots around the home include:
- Mattresses and bed linen
- Upholstered furniture
- Shag-pile or long-fibred carpets
- Soft toys.
How do you kill Dust Mites?
Two products I sell that are 100% Natural, actually kill Dust Mites.
- Neatspiration Eucalyptus Oil is perfect for an in-between pillow clean, or mattress freshen up. It not only kills Dust Mites, but is also antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and also a deodorizer.
- EucoClean - 3-in-1 Eucalyptus 750ml, deters & kills pests including: Bed bugs, Dust mites, Fleas, Lice, Ants, Moths + more
- Invest in an Air Purifier - Air Purifiers are perfect if you want to remove all the impurities from indoor air with high filtration technology, or have issues such as: Asthma, Allergies, Hay Fever, Dust, Pollens, Smoke, Mould, Dust Mites and even Odours
How do you reduce Dust Mites?
- Cover mattresses, pillows and quilts with dust mite resistant covers. The covers must be washed every two months.
- Wash sheets and pillowcases weekly in water hotter than 55°C. Alternatively, if washing in cold water, use a commercial product containing Essential Oils, such as eucalyptus or tea tree oil.
- Hot tumble dry (for half an hour after dry) or dry clean household items – this will kill house dust mites, but not the allergen they produce.
- Wash blankets and non-encased doonas every two months.
- Use synthetic rather than feather pillows and doonas, as these tolerate regular washing.
- Remove sheepskin or woollen underlays and any other sheepskin products.
- Remove all soft toys from the bedroom and replace with wooden or plastic toys, which can be washed. Or, if a soft toy is allowed, it should be washed weekly using the same method used for sheets. (Freezing soft toys overnight doesn’t work, because it doesn’t remove the allergen.)
- Damp dust or use electrostatic cloths to clean hard surfaces weekly.
- Reduce humidity – have a dry and well-ventilated house. Have adequate floor and wall insulation and avoid evaporative coolers.
- Invest in a Dehumidifier - They dry out the air to achieve a comfortable level of humidity.
- Invest in an Air Purifier - They remove all the impurities from indoor air with high filtration technology.
- Avoid upholstered furniture – leather, vinyl, plastic and wood are best.
- Avoid heavy curtains – Venetian blinds or flat blinds are better. Washable curtains or external shutters are other options.
- Wash clothing before use if it has been stored for a long time.
- Remove carpets, rugs and mats (where practical and affordable) – bare boards and tiled floors are preferable as they can be damp mopped or cleaned with electrostatic cloths.
- Wash rugs and mats regularly and dry them outside in full sunshine (if possible).
- Vacuum weekly, including the seams of mattresses and upholstered furniture. Vacuuming causes house dust mite allergens to become airborne for up to 20 minutes, so if you are allergic to dust mites, you should wear a mask or ask someone else to vacuum. You may air the house for an hour or so after vacuum cleaning to help clear the air.
When is the best time to tackle Dust Mites?
Whenever you wash your linen! Simply open your windows and blinds and allow the sun to work its magic. If you can, take your Mattress outside to get the full benefit of the sun.