Dust mites are microscopic insects that are virtually impossible to eliminate in a home. Invisible to the human eye, the bugs live in bedding, some types of furniture, baseboards, and in small cracks in walls. Dust mites feed on dust, organic debris, and dead skill cells.
While most home inhabitants are familiar with mold and mildew, many individuals are clueless when it comes to dust mites. Dust mites don’t carry diseases, but the insects and feces can trigger serious allergy or asthma attacks. How does one get rid of dust mites?
How to Control Dust Mites
There is no way to completely rid a home of dust mites and their droppings, but steps can be taken to reduce the population – and therefore reduce the allergy symptoms caused by dust mite infestation. Check the steps below for getting rid of at least some of the dust mites in the home:
Change bed linens often. Wash sheets, pillowcases, dust ruffles, and pillow shams once a week. Spreads, quilts, comforters, and area rugs are hangouts for dust mites too, so these need a good washing at least once a month.
Mattresses and box springs can be covered with hypoallergenic casings that will reduce the dust mite population.
Clean and vacuum under the bed thoroughly.
Keep the room free of dust. Book shelves and knick-knacks are dust magnets, but so is furniture.
Guest bedrooms not in use should also be kept free of dust and clutter.
Regularly wash stuffed animals children sleep with.
The living room and den:
Vacuum carpets, area rugs, and floors at least once a week. If ever there was a good reason to buy a vacuum with a HEPA filter, this is it. Never sweep a carpet for a quick cleaning job. Dust and dust mites (and droppings) will contaminate the air. Clean cloth and fabric-type upholstered furniture at least every few months. Vinyl and leather chairs may be the best choice for keeping dust mites at bay, but not everyone is in the financial position to buy new furniture. Get rid of dust-catching clutter in all rooms.