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6 Ways To Reduce House Dust Mites

Aug 17, 2007
Do you know that house mites are the most common trigger of asthma?

These are mites that live in house dust. It is the feces of the them that is the actual allergen that causes breathing problems.

These creatures produce feces about 20 times a day. Aside from being an allergen, the stools of these guys is light enough to float in the air, so it is easily inhaled by those of us who occupy homes and buildings.

Then, when you consider there are about 40,000 mites per speck of dust, you can imagine (even if you'd rather not) just how many of these dust mite stools enter your respiratory tract.

Your indoor environment is especially vulnerable to these creatures if you live in a humid area, or if your home is subject to humid conditions for whatever other reason.

Humid environments create the ideal habitation for them, primarily since they result in a greater food supply for these mites. Staples of their diet include plant materials, molds, and fungi. All of which thrive in humid conditions.

Asian countries are more prone to these microscopic creatures induced asthma attacks. However, there is a solution, it is to have clove near to mites infested areas.

Based on the facts mentioned above, you can see why it is so critical to take action for the specific purpose of minimizing these fellows in your home, particularly if someone in your home suffers from asthma.

In which case, we have compiled a list of 6 ways you can reduce the mites that reside in your home.

6 ways to reduce dust mites:

1. Encasings.
Bedding is the favorite home for them. This being the case, you should encase your bedding and pillows with impermeable rubber or vinyl plastic wrappings.

2. Washing
You should wash clothes and bedding regularly. Washing in 60oF water is effective, but 130 F water will kill all mites. Washing in cold water kills about 90% of them.

3. Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning kills all of them.

4. Heating
Any type of heating will help minimize their presence. Some examples include steam-cleaning carpets, tumble-drying (drying machine), direct sunlight exposure, and electric blankets.

5. Air Conditioning
Air conditioning will dry out your indoor environment, which will reduce the food supply for mites, resulting in reduced their populations.

6. Air Purifier
Despite your best efforts to remove them from your home or other indoor environment, they are simply too numerous and reproduce too frequently to keep their numbers lowered without the aid of an air purifier.

Keep in mind though, an air filter (e.g. HEPA) will not make much of a difference. First of all, most dust mites are too small to be captured by even the best of filters. In addition, most of them will not even pass through the filter's screen anyway.

Despite manufacturer's claims that their units complete so many air exchanges per hour, or filter so many square feet per hour, these are mostly based on theoretical calculations. The reality is that most pollutants in a given room or home will not pass through a small, stationary filter.

You are better off with a negative ion and ozone generator. Negative ions and ozone are much more effective at purifying air than a filter, due to the fact that they can remove pollatants from the air that are as much as 300 times smaller than the smallest particle a filter can remove.

Plus, they can be emitted throughout your home, so they are more thorough in the area they cover. Negative ions and ozone are also capable of penetrating walls, furnishings, bedding, etc. to destroy these mites and their stools.
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