Control Dust Mites

Written by Norene Anderson
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If you think you can control dust mites by running the vacuum once a week, you are mistaken. It will not help to clean out the air ducts. Dust mites are so tiny that they can only be seen under a microscope. They feed on the dead skin of animals and humans and on other organic matter. This is why there are so many in bedding or plush furniture. Where people spend time is where the dust mites will survive.

To control dust mites requires several activities. There are dust-proof covers for mattresses and pillows. Washing bedding in hot water will help. For those with severe allergies, the carpet may need to be removed from the bedroom. There are many measures that can be taken to reduce the number of dust mites in the air.

Ways to Control Dust Mites

One of the most effective ways to control dust mites in the air is to use an air filter rated to capture the smallest micron particle. Many of the air filters are rated to remove dust mites from the air. Continual circulation of the air through such a filter will keep the dust mite population greatly reduced. It is important to either clean or replace the filter at frequent intervals to maintain the best airflow.

Dust mites are one of the major triggers for an asthma attack. It ranks right up there with smoke, pet dander, and pollen. The person with sensitivity to dust mites can become congested or start sneezing just from sitting on a couch with dust mites or from lying on the carpet. Some may even break out in a rash if the reaction is severe. Control the dust mite population by frequent vacuuming and continually cleaning the air with a high-rated filter.


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