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Dust MiteDust Mites are microscopic creatures related to lice, ticks and spiders, and are a major cause of perennial allergies. It is estimated that there are approximately forty mites living in a speck of dust. Most exposure to dust mites occurs in the bedroom. Most mites live in your pillow, mattress and box spring and eat the dead skin that is shed from your body every day. It is not the mite itself that causes allergy symptoms, but the waste product of the mite or feces. Enzymes in the mites digestive tract that break down or digest food are passed into mite feces and are the active substance that causes your allergies.

These incredibly small particles easily pass through conventional sheets and bedding because of the large amount of space between the threads. They subsequently become airborne where they can easily be inhaled.
 
 
Here are some tips to control dust mites:
 
  • Cover the pillow, mattress and box spring with dust proof encasements.
  • Remove the carpeting in your bedroom. The less carpeting throughout your home, the better you will feel
  • Do not use a humidifier; mites thrive in a humid environment. Keep the humidity at about 40%, which is the level that will kill mites.
  • Remember to vacuum around the bed frame and slats supporting the mattress.
  • Wash all bedding in hot water once a week and be certain to use blankets and comforters that can be washed in hot water.
  • Remove all visible dust from the surfaces of all furniture, Venetian blinds , window sills and bed frames. Keep shades open to allow direct sunlight into your bedroom, which will also kill mites.
  • Do not store objects under your bed.
  • Buy vinyl or leather furniture to prevent mites from entering the furniture. Keep bookcases as far away from your bedroom as possible because they are large dust collectors.  
  • Run a dehumidifier in your basement to kill mold. Since mites can also eat mold, and mold may be required to make skin scales more digestible for the mite, this will also decrease the mite population.
  • Avoid feather bedding because feathers and skin are made from the same protein known as keratin. Consequently, dust mites can also eat feathers in addition to skin. Chemicals to kill mites in your carpet are not effective for more than a couple of days.
  • It is not necessary to have the ducts cleaned if you have forced hot air heating or central air conditioning. Applying a filter strip to the air register will accomplish the same thing at a fraction of the cost.
 
Computers and workstations can also be a major source of dust mites. Static electricity that builds up on a computer attracts dust, and sitting in the same spot for eight hours leads to an accumulation of skin scales to feed dust mites. Be certain to move your keyboard and monitor for a good cleaning. Wipe down cables to remove adherent dust. Remove your computer frame to vacuum dust that resides inside the computer. (Be certain to unplug the computer before attempting this). Put a vinyl mat under your seat for easy cleaning of your area.