Dust mites are one the most common triggers of asthma and allergy. Finding and eliminating dust mites can be challenging because they are microscopic.
Although it is impossible to eliminate all dust mites from your home, you can take steps to help reduce symptoms and asthma attacks.
What are dust mites?
Dust mites, microscopic arachnids, can be found all over your home, including pillows, furniture, clothing, and toys. They can grow to 1/4 to 1/3 of a millimeter in length and are shared all over the globe, although they prefer countries with humid and hot environments. They leave a lot of droppings despite their small size. This can cause allergic or asthmatic reactions.
Dust mites are a common problem in homes because they feed on dead skin cells. A person can lose an average of 1.6 pounds of skin each year. This attracts many hungry mites. Dust mites eat skin cells from household items like bedding, carpets, and clothing.
How can you get rid of dust mites?
Many houses and apartments are already infested with dust mites because they have lived with humans for centuries. Dust mites are attracted to warm, humid, and dusty areas. It is essential to keep your house dust-free to avoid them entering your home.
Dust mites love dark places where there is moist and warm food. They love fiber surfaces that trap skin cells. Because of the fibers in the bedroom that trap dead skin cells and attract dust mites, it is the most infested area in the house.
Although it is impossible to see dust mites, they can adversely affect your health.
- Runny nose
- Watery, itchy, or red eyes
- Stuffy nose
- Scratchy throat, mouth, or nose
- Itchy skin
- Postnasal drip
- If you have asthma, you might experience the following symptoms:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Tightness in the chest or pain
- When you breathe out, it can be heard making a whistling or wheezing sound.
- Problems are sleeping due to shortness of breath, wheezing, or coughing.
Six steps to eliminate dust mites
Although it is impossible to eradicate them from your home, knowing how to kill them is the first step towards reducing allergy symptoms and preventing asthma attacks.
These six steps will show you how to eliminate dust mites from your home.