8 Small but Terrible Specks: How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

Small but Terrible Specks: How to Get Rid of Dust Mites


Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night very uneasy because you’re itching all over? You wonder why because you just recently cleaned your bedroom and you’re confident that you haven’t missed a spot. The next day, when the guy from the termite control company comes to check on your ceiling and walls, you tell him of your nightly dilemma. He comes to check your mattress as well and found the culprit in a matter of minutes—the mighty and tiny dust mites.

Dust mites are considered to be microscopic relatives of the spider which live on mattresses, curtains, upholstered furniture, and carpets. They feed on flakes of human or pet skin that are shed on a daily basis. They love to linger in warm and humid environments, so it’s given that they like to be where we stay often! These critters are incredibly tiny and breed intensely—there could be a million of them in your bed and you will never know it.

It may seem impossible to eliminate all of them since they come in large numbers, but you may reduce dust mite sightings and lessen their destructive effects. In this article, we have gathered effective tips on how you can do this so you can finally say goodbye to dust mites for good!

Control the Temperature

It is advisable to use a dehumidifier or air-conditioner to regulate the temperature in your bedroom. This would be ideal because dust mites thrive in warmer spaces. By maintaining a cooler environment in your room, you will attract less dust mites.

Change your Beddings

Dirty mattresses and pillow cases are a perfect breeding ground for dust mites. Wash them in hot water once a week to kill these pests. Replace heavy wool beddings with synthetic or tightly-woven ones. Hypoallergenic mattresses and anti-allergen mattress protectors are now available so consider investing on them. Throw away old stuffed toys that have lived on your bed for ages—dust mites might have already built an empire on those.

Replace your flooring

Carpets are no exemption when it comes to dust mite invasion. If your carpets haven’t been cleaned for years and you can’t get near them without feeling itchy, it’s probably time to ditch those. Linoleum, wood or tile floors would be best. Hard flooring keeps dust mites at bay, plus they’re easier to maintain. However, if it’s not possible to get rid of your carpets, make it a point to vacuum them regularly to strip them of dust and other allergens. Wear a face mask when vacuuming so you don’t inhale particles that may irritate the passageways of air in your nose and throat.

Don’t make your bed

At least not as soon you jump out of it. Before making it, give it some good airing to dry up the moisture that has accumulated on it overnight. Dust mites love humid and moist environments so by letting your bed cool, you practically deprive them of what they need.

Use steam cleaners

For those delicate ones that you can’t put in the washing machine such as your curtains, steam cleaners would be the best one to use. Steam could effectively remove dirt, and kill bacteria and dust mites.

Goodnight, dust mites!

With the tips listed above, it all still boils down to cleaning your place thoroughly and regularly. Use a damp cloth or mop when cleaning mite-infested surfaces; don’t use dry rugs as this may only transfer the dust mites to other parts of your home. Maintain your personal and home hygiene so you’ll stop tossing and turning at night, whatever the weather!

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  1. Please NEVER use a product with ivimcerten in it your another animal on your guinea pig. It must be measured to the exact weight of your guinea pig because it is a poison and if the incorrect amount is used on your little tyke it can cause all kinds of issues for him for the rest of his life. I rescued 5 week old sisters that had mites so bad they had lost all of their hair with the exception of a tiny bit on the top of their heads. Zizi was OK however, Suzzi has suffered perment damage in the form of brain damage and damage to her sinus glands. I was able to re-home Zizi but I had to keep little Suzzi because I worry that she would simply get pushed aside and not properly cared for in a different home as she is not very smart at all, in fact she is down right dumb. It is not expensive to treat for mites, just the office visit which will be about $ 35.00 and the guinea pig will get a complete physical, and the cost of the medication which will be about $ 20.00. You Will be given 3 pre measured doses that you will apply at the nap of your guinea pigs neck every 10 days, you will also need to clean the entire cage and every thing in it each time to assure there will be no reinfection from mites in the cage.They respond very quickly to the medication and are running, playing and popcorning in just a few days, it is very great to see.

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