Every home suffers from dust mites. The problem with these insects is they are so small you can’t see them with the naked eye. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re not there. One of the main areas dust mites can present a problem is in the bed, but they also infest carpets and practically anywhere that dust can collect.
So, what are dust mites and why are they even a problem?
Dust mites are microscopic creatures that resemble tiny white spiders. They are so small that they don’t even leave bites on your skin. As mentioned, they often infest beds and carpets, and one of the main issues with dust mites is they can affect people with asthma, as well as causing allergies and itchy skin. Other symptoms of dust mites is a nose that constantly drips, regular sneezing or skin rashes.
Dust mites feed off the dead skin of humans, which is why they are so prevalent in beds. The male dust mite lives for around 30 days, while females can live for up to 90 days.
There are some things you can do to eradicate dust mites. One tip is to change your bedding weekly to wash away their food: dead skin cells. Vacuuming the mattress is another ploy that not only reduces the build-up of dead skin cells, but also sucks up dust mites. Buying new pillows on a regular basis is also beneficial in reducing the dust mite population.
Vacuum the house regularly, including furniture like lounges and armchairs, and just generally keep your home very clean and dust-free.
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