The very first chore for many of us (including my oldest son) is currently being frowned upon by many scientists. Yes, every one of our mother’s & grandmother’s will cringe when they hear what I am about to say. But, I am going to say it anyway.
STOP MAKING YOUR BED!! LIKE TODAY!!!
DUST MITES (Dermatophagoides farinae)
Dust mites thrive off our dead skin cells and sweat. So the new theories believe that if we leave our beds unmade these little microscopic buggies will dry up and die off. The average bed can host up to or more than 1.5 million of these guys.
Besides our bed sheets, they also live in mattresses, upholstered furniture, carpets & curtains.
They do not bite, but the enzymes in dust mite feces (poop) can harm or kill delicate cells within our bodies. Their droppings are full of allergens that some are highly sensitive too. For most this isn’t an issue. If you are experiencing any allergic symptoms then they may be an issue for you.
Symptoms/Diseases They Cause
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)-Need a home remedy (click here)
- Urticaria (hives)
- Runny Nose
- Nasal Congestion
I won’t gross anyone out by showing those horrid images of dust mites…..YUCK. Just in case you can't resist the urge (Click Here) I hate pictures of bugs!!! Especially microscopic creepy crawlies that can potentially make us sick.
Now that I got you good & itchy. Here is a list of ways to reduce your exposure. Dust Mites can never be eliminated, but can be reduced.
- Wash Sheets in very hot water at least every 2 weeks
- Let bed air out daily after sleep by pulling the sheets back
- Purchase dust mite pillow case & mattress covers
- Vacuuming mattress with a HEPA Filter Vacuum will help reduce them
- Wash Children’s Stuffed Animals in Hot Water with Bedding
- Clean Weekly
- Keep House Temperature at/or Below 70 degrees & Humidity Below 50%
- Having Wood Floors is also an Advantage
- Let The Sunlight In
How do you Reduce your exposure to Dust Mites?