Yuck! What is that thing? It’s a dust mite. I learned about these guys a couple of months ago and was thoroughly disgusted. And chances are, there are thousands of them living in your home.
First of all, it’s not your fault! These critters have eight legs and at the end of each leg is a powerful hook or sucker. These guys will cling to anything and hitch a ride to a brand new, fun, and exciting place.
Can they hurt you? Well, they don’t bite. But according to housedustmite.com their enzymes are powerful enough to “break down delicate cells and then go on to enter the body!” In fact, according to pestworld.org, “50-80% of asthmatics may have symptoms due to house dust mites.”
One of the most common places they live are in mattresses and carpet. They feed off of our dead skin so that’s a great place to find it. And they love moisture, so if it’s humid out, they’re probably multiplying like crazy. Think about how many of them can live in one mattress. You need a magnifying glass to even see them!
Are you thoroughly disgusted yet? Well, there is some good news in all of this. And I quote, directly from housedustmite.com, “Do not make your bed in the morning, simply air it all day long to reduce moisture from sleep.” Hallelujah!
There are also steps you can take to get rid of them and protect yourself from them in the future. According to housedustmite.com you can try freezing, boiling, poisoning or microwaving them on high for 5 minutes, drying them up like a raisin, or putting them in a hot tumble dryer for 20 minutes. I don’t know about you, but my mattress won’t fit in the dryer. 😉 However, this works great for bedding, pillows, blankets, plush toys, or other small dust attracting items.
When I strip the beds in my home I spray them with a Mattress Cleaner from Norwex. The cleaner is designed to “remove organic material and provide a deep cleaning of body oils, pet dander and other contaminants from pillows, comforters, pet bedding, fluffy toys and fabric furniture.” When you remove all that stuff, the mites have nothing to live on. So bye bye mites! I do recommend spraying first thing in the morning so as to give your bed the whole day to air out and let that cleaner work.
For the first couple of times you may also want to vacuum the mattress of the dead mites before making up the bed. One thing to keep in mind is that both housedustmite.com and pestworld.org recommend using a HEPA filter in your vacuum. Vacuum carpeted areas frequently.
Hopefully you’ve had a chance to pop over to both housedustmite.com and pestworld.org because they both know a lot more then I do. But I hope this article has brought attention to one of the threats in your home that may be causing a detriment to your health.
Here’s to you good health,
Norwex Independent Consultant
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