If You Feel It Bite It’s Not a Dust Mite

Dust mites do not bite you. You can not feel them crawling on you. House dust mites live off your dead skin and can cause allergic reactions.

7 Dust Mite Myths Busted Infographic
7 Dust Mite Myths Busted

The allergic symptoms are caused by inhaling the microscopic fecal matter and shed skins. Symptoms of dust mite allergy include but are not limited to respiratory such as sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, cough, difficulty breathing, and asthma. In addition, skin symptoms such as eczema and dermatitis can result. Rashes and hives are rarely a symptom of dust mite allergy.

Now there several kinds of biting mites. Chiggers are probably the most common and annoying. Chiggers are mite larvae that are ubiquitous outdoors except in arid regions; they bite, feed in the skin, then fall off.

Common mite species that bite and burrow into the skin include Sarcoptes scabiei , which causes scabies , and Demodex mites, which cause a scabies-like dermatitis.

Bird mites may bite people who handle live poultry or pet birds or who have birds’ nests on their homes.

Rodent mites from cats, dogs (especially puppies), and rabbits may bite people.

Swine mange mites ( S. scabiei var suis ) from pig farms or pet pigs may also bite humans.

The straw itch mite ( Pyemotes tritici ) is often associated with seeds, straw, hay, and other plant material; it is a parasite of soft-bodied insects that are or have been present in such materials. These mites often bite people who handle the infested items. Granary workers, people who handle grass seeds or grass hay, and people who make dried plant arrangements are most at risk.

If you want to you keep you bed free of dust mites you should cover it with special covers designed to stop dust mites. The Allergy Store has a good selection to choose from.

Will Mattress Cleaning Really Kill Dust Mites

Last year Laura Johannes, wrote an article, published in the Wall Street Journal, that looked at the effectivnes of mattress cleaning to get rid of dust mites.

“A growing number of companies will come to your home and clean your mattress. Techniques vary by company, but generally they involve using either ultraviolet-C light or a dry-steam method to kill the mites. A high-powered vacuum is used to remove dead mites and their waste products.

There is scant published scientific data on the services’ effectiveness. But at least one outfit, Delray Beach, Fla.-based Hygenietech Inc., says it hired a lab to test the potency of ultraviolet light as a mattress sanitizer. According to those findings, the company claims its system removes 98% of mites and debris.” Read Complete Article

The article goes on to say while there may be something to the cleaning process but the science really does not support the claims.

The one thing that stood out for me was the part about a high powered vacuum. I don’t know about you but I have never seen a vacuum that has enough suction to clean the inside of something that is 10 to 12 inches thick. Dust mites live inside the mattress and that includes the middle. We had a powervac truck we used for duct cleaning that pulled over 10k CFM at the head and it could not pull air through a mattress.

The other thing I need to look into is the UV. My understanding of using UV light for cleaning is it does a great job on virus, bacteria and thing like mold. But kills dust mites?

Anyway read the article and make up your own mind.  I for one will keep learning more ways to prevent dust mites and their allergens from taking over and just keep my mattress covered and wash my sheets weekly.

Wash Your Bedding to Get Rid Of Dust Mites

One of the dust mitessimple things you can do today, as soon as you finish reading this, is wash your bedding. Eliminating dust mites and their allergens from sheets, blankets, mattress pads and comforters is easy and effective.

Just wash all these items in hot water (140°) water. Washing in hot water will kill the mites and remove the allergens. If you can’t wash in hot water there are laundry products available that allow you to wash in warm and cold water. If you have a dryer that has the sanitizing setting you can use it for blankets and comforters.

Don’t forget the decorative bedspreads or pillow covers. They collect dust and allergens as well. Since you don’t want to wash them because they will fade you should put them in the dryer every 2 weeks on air full for about 15-20 minutes. The dust that has collected on top will get shaken loose and vented outside.

Please keep,in mind if you have low quality blankets and comforters they will not hold up to repeated washes so you may want to pop them in the dryer as well. A good quality blanket will normally hold up to 40-50 washes before they start to show wear.

Last but not least. Dust mites are common to most households and have little to do with general housekeeping.


Dust Mites Do Not Live in Your Air Ducts

Got more ads in the mail today about air duct cleaning and how it will remove dust mites from yourDust Mites Do Not Live In Duct Work duct work. Such a false claim.

First of all dust mites don’t crawl into the duct work and no the can’t fly either. Dust mites like to live where there is food and it’s dark and damp. Does that sound like your duct work? Not mine either. Your dust work may get moldy but it will not get infested with dust mites.

Another ad stated they will get rid of the allergens from dust mites. I’ll give that a 1/2 truth. The allergens that dust mites create are about 8-10 mircons in size so they really don’t stay airborne for long because that is fairly heavy. If you keep a good filter on your unit it will pretty much keep the allergens out.

Bottom line is I do believe in air duct cleaning. It is a good thing when it is needed and done right. I don’t like how some of these so called indoor air companies exploit people and allergies. The best thing you can do is learn how to prevent dust mites from becoming a problem in the first place.

Getting Rid of Dust Mites

 After being diagnosed with dust mite allergies customers sometimes feel overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to be done in the home to start feeling some relief. I always tell customers it’s best to just take things one step at a time, the main focus is getting rid of these dust mites so they no longer bother you
Customers often ask how do I get rid of them? What should I buy?
My recommendations:
1)      Clean the house from top to bottom. Anything that can potentially cause or create dust needs to be cleaned or thrown away.

2)       Getting dust mite proof mattress, pillow, comforter and box spring cover. Putting these items on your bed will prevent dust mites from getting through and irritating you while you’e sleeping.

3)      Getting some De-mite Laundry additive, it’s a product that eliminated dust mites in bedding and washable clothing just simply add it to your favorite laundry detergent and consider dust mites from your bedding gone!

4)      Allergists always say the best thing to ever get rid of when dealing with dust mites is your carpet. Financially speaking that may not be something that can be done right away so we have a more cost-friendly product that can help keep dust mites away and that’s X-mite carpet treatment specifically designed to rid your carpeting and upholster furniture of harmful dust mite allergens and provide 90 days of allergy relief..

5)      Using ADMS anti-allergen spray can get rid of the household dust mites in your home. This treatment lasts 30 days and can be sprayed on upholstered furniture, carpets and rugs, drapes, bedding, stuffed animals even your car.

6)     When cleaning and dusting everyone always has an aid they use to clean around the home the Allerdust spray is a great product to use It not only get’s rid of dust mites but also helps with pet dander and mold.. It picks up on mites and mold particles right before they become airborne.. A great product to haven when trying to get rid of mites.

7)      Furniture Polish and cleaners help with keeping dust mites out of upholstered furniture it’s hard to take a rag and wipe them down so the dust mite polish and cleaners do the job for you.

8)      Air Cleaners work wonders when trying to get rid of dust mites in the home. They remove small particles from the air and guarantee better quality air. They aren’t the cheapest but after investing in an air cleaner you will see a drastic change in your home.
These are the most important things I mention when speaking to a customer about getting rid of dust mites. For more information on dust mites fact and fiction click here. It won’t take long before you see any changes to your home and health.
Wishing you all the best,
Tiffany Daniel
AllergyStore.com – Serving our customers since 1989

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