One of the most common household allergens in the USA and the world are dust mites. You will find dust mites in bedding, clothing, carpet and furniture. Dust mites strive in humidity and warm areas and reproduce at rapid rates.
Learn more about dust mites below:
ABOUT DUST MITES
Dust mites are microscopic and invisible to the human eye. These allergens are so small that you will find over 1,000 dust mites in a single gram of dust. As mentioned above, dust mites reproduce fast. A pregnant female dust mite will produce 25-30 dust mites in a week of time so the amount of dust mites in your home can grow fast.
The most popular place to find dust mites in a home is in mattresses. Dust mites love mattress because they’re warm and dust mites can feed off of human skin flakes that fall off through a night of sleep. Your mattress will increase in weight over time as more and more dust mites live and reproduce on it.
You will often find dense populations of dust mites in carpet and in furniture too. Human skin flakes shed and fall to the ground on carpet or shed on furniture when you sit on it.
DUST MITE ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
You are allergic to dust mites if it is common for you to wake in the morning feeling congested or with a stuffy nose or red eyes. These are the most common dust mite allergy symptoms. 10% of the world’s population are allergic to dust mites and over 80% of allergy sufferers are allergic to the waste that dust mites produce.
HOW TO FIGHT DUST MITES
You can reduce the dust mite population in your home by using hypoallergenic bedding materials and cleaning your mattress multiple times a year. You should clean your bedding at least one time a week too.
Vacuum your carpet every day and schedule deep carpet cleaning at least once every 12 months to remove a large percentage of dust mites from carpet. You should also deep clean upholstery during the same appointment too to eliminate dust mites on sofas and chairs.
You should install a HEPA filter and provide good air circulation throughout your home too. The goal is for your home to not be humid. A dehumidifier will also help.
You now know how common dust mite allergens are in homes in the USA and world, dust mite symptoms and how to remove dust mites from your home for a healthier living space.