DUST MITE CONTROL IN THE HOME
What are Dust Mites?
Dust mites are tiny, invisible insects that live in fibers on carpeting, plush furniture, curtains,
mattresses, pillows and bedding. Unlike spiders or ticks, dust mites are not visible to the naked
eye and do not bite or transmit disease. The average adult sheds two pounds of dead skin per
year; much of it while sleeping. Dust mites live in bedding and mattresses and eat these flakes of
skin. They prefer warm, humid environments.
Why should we be concerned about dust mites?
Dust mite allergen is a very potent allergic trigger for some asthmatics. FACT: Over 50% of all
allergic asthmatics are sensitive to house dust mites. Find out if you are allergic to dust
mites. Talk to your Allergist or Immunologist about allergy testing. If you test positive for dust mite
allergy, take steps to reduce dust mites in your home. With an average of eight hours of sleep
nightly, the bedroom is the most frequently inhabited room in your home, and is a good first place
Dust Mite Reduction Tips:
One of the biggest decisions is whether or not to remove carpeting. Removing carpeting
from the bedroom and the rest of the house can be an important step, but it can also be
expensive. If your carpeting is new, it will shed and give off gases for a long time. If it’s older,
chances are there is a lot of permanent dirt and dust embedded in the carpet that you just cannot
vacuum out. Dust mites burrow into the carpet and hold on fast with little sucking pads on the
ends of their legs, so it’s virtually impossible to vacuum the live ones out. If carpet removal is
impossible, regular cleaning is a must. Tests have shown that steam cleaning is more effective
than cool shampooing.