Dust mites are microscopic creatures that can be found in nearly every home and business. They thrive in warm, humid conditions and prefer to live where people spend a lot of time, including carpets, bedding, furniture, mattresses, pillows, and curtains. These tiny insect-like (arthropods, really) pests feed on skin flakes that naturally come off our bodies throughout the day as well as pet dander and other debris. Dust mites can cause health issues such as allergies and asthma attacks so it’s important to take preventative measures. Vacuuming regularly with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner will help reduce dust mites from carpets and furniture where they like to hide. Washing bedding frequently in hot water is also effective at killing dust mites and their eggs, so be sure to clean your bedding at least once a week. Taking these steps can help keep dust mites from taking over your home.
Additionally, controlling the humidity levels in your house can also help to reduce dust mite populations. Dust mites thrive in humid environments so using a dehumidifier or air conditioner when necessary will help to keep their numbers down. Finally, consider using dust mite covers on mattresses and pillows to help control dust mites. With proper preventative measures, you can take control of where dust mites live in your home.