Dust mites are microscopic bugs that dwell within the dusty surfaces in 90% of homes. Typically, these eight-legged arthropods are one-third of a millimeter and cannot be seen by the human eye alone. For sustenance, dust mites will feed off of pet and human dander--dead skin cells that we shed periodically. It is their waste, though, that cause a wide array of allergies, including asthma.
For those who continuously suffer from allergies year-round, it is highly important to understand what dust mites are and how they thrive in order to successfully rid them from your home.
Did you know that there are approximately 13 species of dust mites that can exist within your home? Mainly, dust mites thrive in temperatures of 68 to 77 degrees and prefer humidity levels of 70 to 80% (Source).
As stated previously, dust mites mostly feed off of the flakes of skin we shed on a daily basis. On average, a person can shed up to 1.5 grams of skin in a day, which is enough to feed 1 million of these pesky creatures. Once shed, these particles of dead skin will embed themselves within furniture, bedding, carpet, and--if you have young children--stuffed animals and in turn, become a feeding ground for dust mites.
Studies show that the most common place for dust mites to reside in--over any other room--is in the bedroom. As breeding grounds for dust mites develop, so do dust mite allergies. Usually, in the case of dust mite allergies, many are specifically allergic to their waste and body parts; even when they die, their bodies still have the ability to trigger unwanted symptoms. Whether they are dead or alive, common symptoms of dust mite allergies include:
Many believe that a dust mite infestation directly corresponds with how clean a home is; this is a very common misconception. Unfortunately, no matter how clean your home may be, it’s pretty much impossible to prevent pet and human dander from shedding, which we already know are what dust mites thrive on.
The best steps to take for dust allergy prevention starts with the temperature of your home. Since dust mites thrive in warm, humid temperatures all year long, it is recommended to keep your thermostat set at a temperature that is low enough to prevent dust mites from surviving while keeping your house at a temperature that is comfortable for you and your family.
For optimal dust allergy prevention, Sanaz Eftekhari, a spokeswoman for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends for families with dust mite problems to keep their mattresses and pillows in dust-proof covers that can be zippered tight. Washing sheets and blankets in 130-degree water on a weekly basis is highly important as well since the hot water will kill off dust mites.
Eftekhari also recommends to use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters within vacuum cleaners, air conditioning units, and furnaces to trap dust and pollutants that cause allergies. Finally, since dust mites cannot survive in areas with low humidity, Eftekhari suggests keeping the humidity level within your home under 50% with the help of a dehumidifier.
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Without these key elements, dust mites will have no way to survive and their air your breathe will soon become allergen free. The best part is, it requires you to perform little work; the most you’ll have to do is walk from room to room and spray the mist on your curtains, bedding, toys, pet beds, etc. To extinguish dust mite allergies at the core, trust in the power of probiotics.