Dust Mite Control

Dust mites are a pervasive part of most households. For those with allergies, this can be a significant problem. If you have dust mite allergies, the most important thing that you can do is control the level of the allergen in your environment. How do you do this? You take aim at your bed.

You are primarily exposed to dust mites in your own bed. Why? Dust mites like to live on the skin cells that you shed. Every day, your body pushes dead skin cells to the surface of your skin to be slogged off. Every time you roll over in bed, or switch positions on your pillow, those dead cells are left behind on your bedding. Those cells are the dust mite's favourite food. So, for 8 hours a day you are feeding one of the main sources of allergens!

Dust mites are too small to be seen, but are the most common cause of year-round allergy and asthma. Dust mites live in mattresses, pillows, carpets, furniture, bedcovers, clothes - anywhere they can feed on dead flakes of human skin. The problem for us is what the dust mites leave behind. It is their waste products that are highly allergenic.
What can you do? Your best bet to control and prevent dust mite allergies is to wash your sheets and blankets once a week in hot water. This will temporarily eliminate all dust mites in your sheets and blankets. Dust mite mattress covers and dust mite pillowcases are essential for dust mite allergen control. You can also invest in dust mite bedding, such as sheets, blankets and duvet covers. Just remember: You have lots of choice in today's market and good choices tend to be expensive.

How do you know that you even have a dust mite problem? You can purchase Dust Mite Test Kits to find out. Once you are taking steps to reduce dust mites, the same kits can help you test to be sure your mites are gone.

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