Dust mites are only about 100 microns long (0.1 mm), far too small to be seen by the naked eye. They are eight legged creates related to spiders and ticks. Their feet have sticky pads that help them burrow deep into mattresses, stuffed furniture, and carpets. They live primarily on shed human skin, pet dander, and pollen. Since they get their moisture from the air, they thrive best at humidity levels of 70-80% and will die at humidity levels below 40-50%.Vacuuming carpets will only remove the surface layer of mites; the rest will burrow deep into the carpet where only chemical treatments can kill them.
Do You Have Dust Mite Allergies?If you wake up congested, feeling itchy, or suffering from migraines, aches or other allergy related symptoms, there is a very good chance you have dust mite allergies. If you have other known allergies, the probability jumps even higher. It is estimated that 80-90% of people who have any kind of allergy are also allergic to dust mites.
Solutions to Dust Mite Allergies
Our suggested strategy to eliminate dust mite allergens is listed in order of priority below:
- Clean your bedding regularly with hot water or in cold water mixed with an allergen treatment.
- Keep your home clean and dust-free.
- Treat carpets and all upholstered surfaces with a dust mite-killing and allergen-denaturing treatment while cleaning.