Dust mites are very small creatures which can not be seen by the naked eye. They are the reason for several allergies suffered by us and can rapidly increase dust allergy. They mainly feast on dead skin, dander and proteins. Dust mites are generally found on our beds, furniture, stuffed toys and clothing. Several test kits are available in the market with which you can check and confirm whether you have dust mites or not. Complete dust mite extermination is not possible because they are microscopic creatures however they can be controlled and the allergies they cause can be prevented. Here are some methods you can use to get rid of dust mites.
Ways to Get Rid of Dust Mites
- Cleaning: – Dust mites feed on the dander, dead skin and other protein containing substance found in dust. So where there is dust, there are dust mites. Clean dust with a damp cloth and regularly vacuum clean the house. This will control dust mites and the related allergies.
You should wash your bedding in hot water. Dust Mites can also be found in your curtains. So remove your curtains and wash them according to the washing label. Stuffed toys and pillows are also known to harbour dust mite, if you don’t want to wash them, you can seal them in a plastic bag and freeze them for 24 hours.
- Creating Extreme Conditions for Dust Mites: – Dust mites love humidity, so one of the ways to check them is to decrease humidity in your house using a dehumidifier. You should also use vents while cooking and bathing so that the steam can escape. As the humidity is reduced further, their reproduction will start to slow down. You can also use disinfectant sprays, that will make the place uninhabitable for dust mites. After removing the dust you can spray the disinfectant.
- Using Essential Oils: – Many essential oils, especially eucalyptus are very good for killing dust mites. You can add about 20 drops of eucalyptus oil while washing your bedding in warm water. A spray can also be made by mixing 30 drops of eucalyptus oil with water in spray and it an sprayed on your beds and curtains.
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