Not many people take note of dust mites. You might have an infestation going on your attic or an abandoned cupboard, and you wouldn’t even notice. That’s because nature has blessed them with their close-to-microscopic size that even directly staring at one and they’d barely even be visible.
But they can leave a lot of damage, indeed. Although they don’t interfere with your life at all by themselves, they can trigger quite devastating allergic reactions. Their droppings contain a type of digestive enzyme that can trigger a bout of allergies and can lead to dermatitis or hay fever. Your health can be much more risk of a dust mite infestation if you have asthma. As up to 80% of adults who have asthma have troubles with dust mites.
So the question is often asked: “ How to kill dust mites ?” – often enough that we’d dedicate an entire article to answering it.
As a forward and just in case you won’t be disappointed following the steps in this article: There is no definite way to solve dust mite problems. All you can do is to alleviate the problem and try to practice cleanliness in life.
The most basics about dust mites
To know how to fight the enemy, first, we have to know the enemy. House dust mites feed on dead skin flakes from both human and animal as well as some fungi. All of which are conveniently found in dust particles floating around your house, and thus, the name ‘Dust mites’ was born.
The key to expel them from your house is to cut reducing humidity. The dustier your house is, the more delicious it would become in the eyes of the mites.
How to Kill Dust Mites
Using damp cloth
Taking the first step isn’t hard, you only need to arm yourself with a damp cloth and go dust-spot hunting. Clean out everything you can see insight that has dust on them from bookshelves to the corners of the house that’s less visited. Focus on things that you won’t notice much, either, such as picture frames or unused vases. They can be the perfect breeding grounds for dust mites if left unattended.
It is very important that you dampen up the cloth, the water would keep back the dust into the fibers of the cloth. A dried cloth will not only help you clean the house, but it will also spread dust and all sorts of allergens all around the house, including dust mite’s eggs.
Another way that’s much more efficient and far quicker than manually swiping with a cloth is a reducing humidity. It will help sucking up all of the allergens, dust, some random dust mites, as well as their harmful feces. The anti-dust-mites campaign will even be more effective if your vacuum cleaner is outfitted with a HEPA filter to retain the dust. The filter will help you from spreading the dust all over the house, just like the water in the previously mentioned cloth.
When strafing the house with the vacuum cleaner, pay special attention to the more remote parts of the house. Corners such as the basement, underneath the rugs and the carpets, are much more prone to be forgotten. And it can be the perfect hideout for the mites against your onslaught.
But the best vacation place for dust mites isn’t around your house at all. It would be right in your bedding. Look at dust mites as a less harmful (but not friendly, either) version of bed bugs. They love hanging around in your bedding, as it is the place where you would produce for them the most amount of food. Anh the skin cells secretly flaking away in your sleep to dandruff in your hair.
Sanitation of your bedding
Thorough sanitation of your bedding is a must. Put all of your bedding – pillowcases, reducing humidity, blankets, into the washing machine with hot water in a regular cycle. The water must be at the temperature between 54 to 60 Celsius for best effect. Once the washing is finished, unload everything and dry them at hot setting. Just like bacteria, the worst enemy of dust mites is a high temperature.
Heavy curtains that stand by the windows for far too long and collect up way too much dust is also an attraction for dust mites. Ensure that they are washed at least once in at the least one to two and at most for three months. You only have to take the curtain off from the rods and put it through the same treatment with hot water as said above. That would be one less place for you to worry about.
Clean children’s toys
If you have children, their stuffed toys can also be a hazard to your children’s health. Particularly those with specific allergies against dust mites. Not a lot of people take note of their children’s plushies, so it’s relatively a normal sight to see them go for months at a time unwashed. Make sure that they are sanitized properly and on a schedule with hot water treatment to protect your children’s health.
How to control your house’s atmosphere
Now that you’ve cleaned out your house thoroughly, you have to fortify it against future waves of possible infestation. The first is to control your house’s atmosphere: By reducing humidity and temperature. Dust mites love a humid and hot environment where they can reproduce and thrive incessantly. Doing the exact opposite would give them great troubles trying to settle into your house.
Fortify your house further by spraying disinfecting spray such as Lysol. The spray would make your house an inhospitable place for dust mites. An reducing humidity such as eucalyptus is a natural dust-mite repellent. By spraying eucalyptus in the house or dripping a few drops into your washing machine, you can create a natural (And quite pleasantly smelling) barrier against dust mites.
It is not hard to get rid of them, what is hard is to live an organized and clean lifestyle, especially when everyone can be discouraged at the slightest hint of house cleaning. But once you think about it, doing the things mentioned above not only help you against a dust mite infestation. It will also make your life healthier as a result of a myriad of other threats.
So, to build a better life, you should better get going right now.