Keeping Those Dust mites out of Our Homes

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Warmth and humidity homes microscopic creatures called dust mites. Though non-parasitic they feed on human and animal skin flakes shed on daily basis.

Basic measure to get rid of dust mites are:

  • Exposure to lethal temperature of near 105C (221F) – in a household clothes dryer for ten minutes, can eradicate the existing mites.
  • DOT powder (disodium octaborate tetrahydrate) can also be used for this purpose.
  • Prevention is surely better than cure and by following these basic preventive strategies dust mites can be reduced at a remarkable level if not completely eliminated. Careful insight into the kitchen and bedroom of your dwellings works wonder as they are known to offer the most stable conditions for them to flourish:
  • Air conditioner's cooling effect thickens the dry air providing dust mites an ideal atmosphere to thrive on. Therefore it is advisable to maintain its humidity level relatively low or below 50%. A dehumidifier can be planted to sucking in the dampness around.
  • Cleanliness is paramount to get rid of any form of dirt or dust. Safeguarding your beddings with dust-proof or allergen impermeable covers easily available in some departmental stores or specialty supply mail order companies will ease your great extent.
  • Also upholstered furniture, fabric curtains and wall to wall carpet aids in suitable upbringing of these eight legged tiny mites. Their removal and replacement with flat bare surface that are easier to vacuum is beneficial for long time.
  • Follow a weekly/bi-weekly washing regimen using hot water for all your beddings including blankets and curtains. Non washable stuff can be frozen overnight to kill mites.
  • It is suggestive to buy less or no feathered/woolen bedding as they offer maximum room to these nasty mites. They can be replaced with synthetics ones.
  • Mite allergens often get stirred up by dry mop, it is advisable to use damp rags instead.
  • HEPA filter or double layered micro-filtered bags in vacuum cleaners efficiently traps allergens. Wear a mask to avoid inhaling allergens.

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