Get rid of unwanted dust mites in 7 easy steps.
A very valid question, one you may have gone your whole adult life without wanting to know the answer to.
These teeny-tiny creatures feed on the dead skin cells found in dust. Don’t worry, you can’t see them. Dust mites are actually microscopic arthropods (imagine really small, invisible bugs) who like to inhabit areas where dead skin cells accumulate, like beds, furniture, and carpets. These critters have been voted one of the most common indoor allergens, next to mold spores and pollen. A superlative to be proud of, indeed. Congratulations, dust mites!
Quick Tips On How To Get Rid Of Dust Mites:
1. Wash your bedding regularly
2. Use a dust-proof encasement
3. Run a dehumidifier in your bedroom
4. Dust often
5. Vacuum, then vacuum some more
6. Invest in a HEPA air purifier
7. Replace carpet with hard floors
Do dust mites bite? Fear not, dust mites don’t bite — but they can cause a rash if you’re allergic to them. Additionally, dust mites can cause an itchy, runny nose, and coughing or sneezing. If you think you might be allergic to dust mites, it’s always worth talking to your doctor about it.
Gross. Now let’s get rid of dust mites. If the idea of having thousands of microscopic creatures flock to your bed for the “All You Can Eat Dead Skin Cell Buffet,” makes your skin crawl, there’s good news!
Here are 7 things you can do right now to get rid of dust mites and keep them from coming back
If banishing these invisible creatures from your home seems futile — how will you know if they’re gone? They’re microscopic! — you’re wrong. You’ll be able to feel tangible results once you follow these guidelines on how to get rid of dust mites and establish a regimented cleaning routine. But once your itchy eyes and sneezes subside, whatever you do: Don’t get complacent! Continue to vacuum and dust a few times each week to keep the dust mites away. If they’ve got less to feed off of in your home, the more likely they’ll pack up and head for greener (ahem, dustier) pastures.