Dust mites are a common household pest that can cause a great deal of aggravation to respiratory conditions, like allergies, asthma, and general cold symptoms. If you notice that you have seen an uptick in any of these symptoms, you may have a dust mite infestation. Dust mites are unfortunately too small to see with the naked eye; nevertheless, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce their population.
The easiest way to reduce the population of dust mites is to wash your clothes and sheets often, at least once a week or more often, depending on usage. Be sure to wash your laundry in hot water, as dust mites who are not killed by the water will die from the increased temperature. Be sure to machine dry them as well, as a second line of defense against infestation. Additionally, you may want to consider investing in allergy free bedding, as comforters and duvets are a prime location for dust mites, and allergy-free bedding tends to be thinner and less attractive to them by providing less space to burrow in and lay eggs.
Another good way to prevent dust mites from breeding within your home is to create an inhospitable environment for them. By dehumidifying your home, dust mites will dry up and die rapidly. Purchasing a portable dehumidifier and running it for part of the day in an area with a lot of prime dust mite territory (like your bedroom or your living room) can help reduce their numbers.
Vacuuming is the best way to remove dust mites from your furniture and carpets, which cannot be easily washed in the laundry every week. Vacuum regularly to ensure that their population stays in check, while also providing the benefit of improved air quality by reducing the amount of dust and other allergens which may be trapped in the fabrics around your home.
For more sensitive items that you may not want to risk damaging in the washing machine, such as stuffed animals and delicate garments, you can kill the dust mites on them by putting them into a cold or freezing environment. This massive temperature change will kill all the dust mites on the object. Simply put these items in a plastic bag (to avoid water damage) and place them in the fridge or freezer overnight to cleanse them of any microscopic pests which may be lurking somewhere on them.
For more information and assistance, contact a professional pest control company in your area, such as Affordable Pest Control Inc.
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