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Dust Mites

Dust mites cause allergies and can be a life long battle for those with asthma. What are they? Where do they come from? And how can you decrease them are some topics covered in this article.

What are Dust Mites?

Dust mites come from little mites that are closely related to spiders and ticks, but too small to see with the naked eye.

Where do they come from?

They love to feed on dead skin cells from humans and animals, which all humans and animals shed millions a day, so they never run out. They also love humid environments and homes with bedding, upholstered furniture, and carpet.

How Would I know if I am allergic?

Dust mites die and also have feces that expel from them. Those who are allergic to dust mites are allergic to the protein that is excreted from the feces and decaying mite. If you are totally grossed out, it’s ok, next is how to get rid of dust mites.

How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

The first line of defense against a dust mite allergy is to get rid of as many as possible. Sometimes this method will work without the victim having to go on medication. To get rid of dust mites decrease humidity in the home, preferably below 70 degrees F. Another way is to put airtight, plastic dust-mite covers on pillows, mattresses, and box springs. Use pillows with polyester fibers. Wash bedding in very hot water once a week and dry in a hot dryer. Clean bare floors with mop or cloth that is damp, vacuum carpets once or twice a week with a High Filtration filter in the vacuum.