Dust Mite Protection, Treatment and Control
What are dust mites?
Dust mites are members of a family of eight-legged creatures called arachnids that also
includes spiders, chiggers and ticks. Dust mites are common anywhere there is dust, such as in carpets, beds, pillows and other household furniture. Dust mites are microscopic little creatures that feed on the dead skin cells (dander) shed by humans and pets. Since people and pets continually shed dead skin cells beds, couches, and carpets are perfect environments for dust mites to get plenty of food.
Dust mites are well adapted for survival in most areas of the world and they are found everywhere except in Antarctica. They thrive in humid climates but don’t do so well when the humidity is below 50 percent. It may not be possible to rid your home entirely of these little creatures, but there are steps you can take to control their numbers.
A dust mite is a small microorganism, smaller in size than the diameter of a human hair and that can only be seen through a microscope set at about ten times magnification. They do not carry diseases, but can be very irritating for those who suffer from allergies or asthma.
What can be done to control dust mites?
It is not the dust mite that you have allergic reactions to, it is their excrement and decayed or decomposing bodies that cause allergies. Allergy relief bedding, mattresses and pillows provide dust mite protection but they also live in carpets, upholstery, and other areas of your home where dust collects.
Pillows, mattresses and other furniture are usually kept for many years, often without proper cleaning. These are perfect environments for the accumulation of dead skin cells and pet dander to nourish dust mites and is therefore where much of the dust mite waste accumulates. These are also primary areas for exposure because we bring our faces very close to these allergen laden items daily.
Dust mite control is possible through the use of allergy bedding. These mattress and pillow encasements are made of tightly woven material that dust mites can