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How Do I Get Rid of House Dust Mites?

Dust mites have 8 legs and are related to the spider. You are probably sharing your bed with thousands of them. Their main breeding ground is in bedding and carpets. They feed on microscopic scales of skin, which we all naturally shed. Their only source of water is from the air, so they prefer to live in areas where relative humidity is high. The higher the humidity, the quicker they are able to breed.

Close Up Of House Dust Mites

No matter how clean our home is, dust mites cannot be totally eliminated.

However, to live and breed, dust mites require the following:

  • Microscopic scales of skin shed by humans and pets.
  • A continuous supply of humid air.

If there are high levels of relative humidity in an occupied dwelling then you will find a breeding ground for dust mites.

The quickest and most effective way in reducing the population of dust mites in a home is by reducing relative humidity by providing adequate ventilation.

House dust mites are also a common known trigger of asthma and they live in the dust that builds up in the home.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to completely rid your home of all house dust mites but there are ways in which you can reduce them.

How To Reduce House Dust Mites

  • Wash your bed linen weekly at 60 degrees.
  • Use specially designed 'allergy' covers for pillows, duvets and mattresses.
  • Clean your home on a regular basis.
  • Open the windows or install a whole house ventilation system to supply a continuous source of fresh, filtered clean air.

By keeping the home well ventilated, high levels of humidity are controlled.

Dust mites thrive in dwellings where the humidity levels are high, therefore, by controlling the humidity levels in the home effectively you are also controlling and reducing the dust mite population.

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