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Dust Mites

What are Dust Mites?

Dust mites are microscopic four-legged bugs that live primarily on dead skin cells regularly shed from humans and their animal pets. Dust mites are harmless to most people. They don't carry diseases, but they can cause allergic reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces.

Symptoms of Dust Mite Allergies

The most common symptoms of being allergic to dust mites are:

  • sneezing
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • nasal congestion
  • runny nose
  • stuffy ears
  • respiratory problems

How to Alleviate Dust Mite Allergies

Dust. Dust the wood and appliances in your home once a week. We recommend Bayes Eco-friendly Wood and Bamboo cleaner. Wood and bamboo are a natural and attractive choice for cutting boards and many other kitchen utensils and items. Without treatment, ordinary washing can dry out and crack your possessions. Bayes Wood & Bamboo Conditioner/Protectant uses the highest quality food grade mineral oil to nourish and beautifully preserve these items for years.

Lower the humidity level in your home. Lowering the humidity level in your house will help control the amount of dust mites in your home. Studies have shown that air-conditioned homes contain fewer dust mites than non-conditioned houses.

Encase your pillows and mattresses in dust mite covers. Dust mite covers provides a border between the dust mites and their source of food, dead skin cells. Using dust mite covers will ensure you that your not burying you nose and face in dust mites every night.

Wash your pillows. In addition to buying dust mite covers, wash your pillows in very hot water once every two weeks. For fabrics that cannot be washed, put your pillow in the freezer for 24-48 hours to kill dust mites.

Vacuum. Vacuuming your floors and carpets will dramatically reduce the amount of dust mites dramatically. Making it hard for dust mites to survive in your house by vacuuming once a week. Just be sure to empty the vacuum after you use it.

Dust. Dust the wood and appliances in your home once a week. We recommend Bayes Eco-friendly Wood and Bamboo cleaner. Wood and bamboo are a natural and attractive choice for cutting boards and many other kitchen utensils and items. Without treatment, ordinary washing can dry out and crack your possessions. Bayes Wood & Bamboo Conditioner/Protectant uses the highest quality food grade mineral oil to nourish and beautifully preserve these items for years.

Clean your clothes. Clothing is one of the sources dust mites use to travel from house-to-house. Keep your clothes clean by washing them at least once a week. Clothes that you don't use can be recycled or given away to a charitable organization. If you can, use an eco-friendly cleaner like the one made by Seventh Generation

Reconsider Carpet. Carpets are full of dust mites. If you have a toddler who loves to crawl, your baby is probably crawling on a carpet full of dust mites. If you can, get rid of your carpet and go with a wooden floor. Floors made from bamboo are eco-friendly, doesn't contain many chemicals, and looks great with characteristics all its own, including "growth rings".

Reduce smoke. Dust mites are drawn to cigarette ashes. If you use an ash tray, ashes and dust from the cigarette are airborne and can get spread to other places in your home.

Pets. Dust mites use dogs and cats for transportation. Pets who run and play outdoors collecting dust mites. When you pet them, dust mites are transferred to your clothes. Wash your pets at least two times a month to control the amount of dust mites they transport into your home.If your pet sleeps in your home, clean their resting area daily.

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