Dust mites are tiny animals related to spiders. They prefer warm moist areas such bedding and carpets. Their primary food is the skin cells you loose every day. For many people, the little mite can cause allergy problems. In persons with asthma, they can trigger severe asthma attacks. Fortunately, there are some things to do to reduce dust mite allergies. The following suggestions will help to significantly reduce the number of these little animals from your home.
Cover your pillows and mattresses with allergen blocking covers. These covers are available in a very tightly woven fabric that still breathes but prevents the little animals from causing their problems. Consider covering the box spring in a similar cover as well.
Wash all bedding on a weekly basis. The wash water needs to be at least 130 degrees in order to kill the dust mites. If it is impossible to wash the bedding in hot water, place the dry item in a dryer for 20 minutes. The dryer temperature will need to be at least 130 to kill the allergy-causing bugs. Next wash and dry in order to remove the allergens. Items that cannot be washed can be stored in the freezer for a full 24 hours to kill the mites but will still contain allergens.
While regular vacuuming of upholstered furniture and bedding can help to remove dust, it is not effective at removing the mites themselves or the allergens they cause. A HEPA filter should be used when vacuuming. Persons with severe problems may want to leave the vacuuming to someone else and stay out of the room until the dust settles again in about 20 minutes.
In some instances, it may be helpful to replace carpeting with hard surfaced floors. Tile, hardwood and laminates do not provide the hiding places that make it easier for the problem to hide. Use the HEPA filter vacuum to remove any dirt and dust and a damp or oiled mop for cleaning so that they are not stirred back up in the air. In the bedroom, allergy sufferers may also want to remove upholstered furniture, horizontal mini-blinds and other items that tend to collect dust to help reduce dust mite allergies.