You might not realize it, but a sneaky creature has probably already settled in your house. Secretly, this unwanted visitor is multiplying and leaving up to 50 eggs over the course of just a few weeks, forming colonies in your household possessions. This devious villain is what we call: the dust mite.
Where do Dust Mites Live?
Because of their microscopic size, dust mites can live in homes for long periods of time. In the warmer months and in humid climates are when and where dust mites flourish the most. As they continue to multiply, they find more places to stay throughout your house. Some places where they tend to stay include:
What Can Dust Mites Do?
Dust mites cause those around to cough and sneeze more often than normal. They can aggravate allergies and increase the spread of sickness and germs. Properly controlling the amount of mites is important for comfortable living conditions.
How to Prevent and Remove Dust Mites
While it’s basically impossible to be rid of dust mites completely, there are some methods you can follow to significantly reduce their presence and their effects. These are some important steps to follow:
- Reduce the humidity in your home
- Wash blankets, pillows and comforters in hot water every few weeks
- Vacuum regularly (every 1-2 weeks)
- Use dust covers on pillows, mattresses, etc.
- Switch to plastic shades instead of curtains and heavy fabrics
Using these tips is a good start at lowering the amount of dust mites in your house or living area. If you notice yourself sneezing or coughing more than normal, it could be a sign that your prevention methods need to be increased. If you don’t have time for these basic steps, hiring a cleaning company to regularly clean your house isn’t a bad idea. Not only will it prevent allergy-like symptoms, but it will help prevent those living in your home from getting sick.
If you have any questions about dust mites or would like to schedule a cleaning, feel free to give us a call at GREAT WHITE CLEANING. We are happy to help in the battle of keeping these unwanted visitors out of your home.