Your home should be a sanctuary where you feel relaxed, safe, and stress-free. But what happens if the property becomes a source of all sorts of allergies? Dust mites are among the most common household allergens.
These tiny insects are invisible to the naked eye and cause sneezing, wheezing, runny noses, eczema, asthma, itchy & watery eyes, and coughing. If you or your loved one is suffering from allergies and you can’t seem to figure out the cause, then they could be culprits.
Although it is almost impossible to eliminate dust mites from your home, there are lots of things you can do to reduce their numbers and neutralize the threat. Here are some of the most effective ways to get rid of dust mites at home.
Not only does clutter increase stress and reduce productivity, but it also increases the amount of dust in your home, which in turn attracts dust mites. Technically, the more stuff you have in your home, the more dust there will be and the more dust mites.
Individuals with allergic rhinitis are the most affected by clutter. Regular cleaning and de-cluttering can help get rid of dust mites present in your home. If de-cluttering seems a tedious task, there is a simple trick you can always use; for every one new item you bring in, get rid of two.
You can also sell or donate the things you no longer need.
Use a dust mite bed protector
Sometimes, there is nothing you can do to get rid of dust mites that are already dwelling in your mattress. If you cannot afford to throw away the mattress and get a new one, then consider using a dust mite bed protector to keep away the insects.
A dust mite bed protector creates a barrier between the insects and your body. You must wash the protector regularly at a high heat setting to eliminate mites that might accumulate on its surface.
Clean your carpets regularly
Most floor carpets are soft and warm to keep your legs warm. Over time, your carpet gathers dust and dirt collected from the bottom of your shoes. If you do not clean it regularly and thoroughly, it will turn into a home for dust mites.
If you have a carpet in your home, be sure to invest in a high-quality vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. Use the vacuum to clean it to prevent dust from re-circulating into the air during cleaning. If you do not have time to keep your carpet clean, consider hiring a Montreal carpet cleaning service to help you with the task.
Not having carpets at all is the best solution, but if you cannot get rid of them, then good regular cleaning is required to keep the mites away.
Lower the temperature and humidity level
These insects thrive in environments where the temperature is between 75oF and 80oF and relative humidity of about 70% to 80%. Any figure below or beyond this range may not kill them but will automatically push them out of the comfort zone and significantly lower the rate at which they breed.
Therefore, consider setting the temperature inside your house to about 70oF, which is still regarded as normal for a healthy individual but not optimal for the breeding of dust mites. You can maintain the relative humidity in your home to less than 50%.