In all likelihood, you probably never even think about them. And why would you? You can’t see them. You can’t hear them. You can’t smell them. It makes you wonder if they are really even there. The truth is, however, dust mites live in your home. They are so microscopically tiny that you’d never know it. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have any effects on your living space. Especially for asthmatics and those with severe allergies, little dust mites are big problems!
What are dust mites exactly? As AberdeenCarpetCleaning.ca, explains it, “they are distant relations of spiders, and are almost invisible to the naked eye, being only 0.3mm long. Dust mites feed off of pet and human dander (dead skin cells in the air and on surfaces in our homes). Dust mites love warm, humid areas filled with dust. Bed pillows, mattresses, carpets and furniture are great places for them to live.”
As a result, it’s imperative that you keep your home as dust free as possible. Of course, it’s practically impossible to not have a speck of dust in your home. But the importance of regular dusting and vacuuming cannot be understated. Dust mites can affect your health negatively because of their ability to produce “guanine”. The good people at Aberdeen describe it as a “very potent allergen” that can trigger both asthma attacks and bouts with eczema.
Who is affected by dust mites? Although the allergens produced by dust mites can be harmful to everyone’s health, they are especially dangerous for children under the age of five. Aberdeen notes that young children tend to breathe more rapidly, leaving them susceptible to inhaling more of the allergens. The elderly, chronically ill and those with weak immune systems are also at risk of poor health at the hands of dust mite allergens.
What are the symptoms of dust mite allergies? According to AberdeenCarpetCleaning.ca, the symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and itchy nose. Asthmatics can also expect greater bouts with wheezing. The dust mite problem should be of significant importance to Canadians who statistically spend 90% of their time indoors. Evidently, it’s important to find solutions to the dust mite problem.
How can dust mites be prevented? It’s all starts with keeping your home as clean as you possibly can. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, controlling dust mites is one of the top ways to improve indoor air quality. “Keep surfaces in the home clean and uncluttered,” advises their website, “Bare floors and walls are best, particularly in the bedroom where you spend one-third of your time. If you must have carpet, throw rugs that can be washed or low-pile carpets are better.”
They also recommend putting “zippered allergen impermeable or plastic covers on all pillows, mattresses and box springs.” In fact, the AAFA regards this measure as the “single most important method” in keeping dust mites at bay. “Every week, wash bedding, uncovered pillows and stuffed toys in hot water (130 degree F.) to kill mites,” they insist. Vacuuming at least once or twice a week is also advised.
At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we work to ensure that the homes of our clients enjoy the highest indoor air quality possible. Our Air Quality Services maximize all inspection processes in order to target any areas of concern in your home. We take indoor air quality seriously. And so should you. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.