How To Control Dust Mites In The House

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How To Control Dust Mites In The House

30 March 2016
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The conjunctiva is the membrane that covers both the fronts of the eyes and insides of the eyelids. It's a delicate membrane that can easily be irritated by allergens, such as dust mites, eliciting allergic reactions. The allergic reaction makes your eyes red, itchy and swollen. Control dust mites, which are too tiny to be detected by the naked eyes, using these measures:

Protect Your Beddings

Dust mites typically reside in airy clothing materials such as carpets, curtains, and beddings. Your face probably gets closest to the mites when you go to bed. Therefore, you need to cover your beddings (such as mattresses and pillows) with airtight plastic materials to put a barrier between you and any mites on the beddings. Since it's uncomfortable to sleep on plastic, opt for plastic covers that have outer layers made from comfortable materials, such as nylon. Do this when the pillows are new and the dust mites haven't invaded them. You can also reduce the number of mites on your beddings by thoroughly vacuuming them regularly.

Purify the Air

Dust mites feed on organic materials such as the dead skin cells that animals and people shed on a daily basis. Since organic particles form part of the dust particles in the air, reducing the number of particles floating in your house will also reduce the number of the mites.

One of the best ways of doing this is to use an air purifier. Choose air purifiers that do not emit any ozone (the information will be on the packaging). This is because ozone will irritate your respiratory tract. Also, don't forget to change your filters regularly as instructed by the manufacturers.

Control Indoor Humidity

Dust mites thrive in specific humidity levels. In general, they love warm conditions with at least 50% humidity. An inexpensive hygrometer can help you to measure your indoor humidity levels. Therefore, lowering your house's humidity to below these levels will help to control the dust mites. Lowering humidity involves simple measures such as reducing the number of indoor plants, using dehumidifiers and controlling water leaks.

Wash Your Fabrics Regularly

Lastly, it is also helpful to wash your beddings, carpets, sofa, curtains and even soft toys. Do this regularly and use hot water (being mindful of the fabric's washing conditions) of at least 140oF. Warm water will not work as well as hot water. In fact, according to WebMD, temperatures between 86oF to 104oF may only kill a mere 6% of the mites.

Your eyes are some of the most sensitive organs in your body. As such, you need to do everything in your power to protect them from all threats. Also, don't delay in seeking prompt professional eye care if you develop any problem. For more information about pest control, contact a business, such as Rice's Inc Termite & Pest Control.