Dust Mite Control - How to Get Rid of Dust Mites
Dust Mites are generally very small, and hard to spot; they'll usually be located within the household, primarily in bedrooms and kitchens. These pests thrive in all conditions and specifically find comfort in the nest of warm-blooded creatures, such as humans. They are also drawn to warmth and humidity, so there will be a particular influx around the summer months, and in warmer climates, which means that keeping your house well-ventilated can keep the pests out.
Categories of Dust Mite Control Products
- Dust Mite Killer Sprays are ideal for fast effective control of flies. Sprays with a rapid knockdown such as Insectaclear D Dust Mite Killer will kill dust mites on contact. Sprays such as Insecto Super Dust Mite Destroyer provide long-lasting protection, killing dust mites that come in contact with the treated surface.
- Dust Mite Killer Powders are ideal for providing continuous protection against dust mites. Powders like ORGAN-X Natural Dust Mite Killer can either be left in carpets, under furniture and around skirting to provide continuous protection against dust mites, or hoovered up after each treatment.
Dust Mite Killer Fumers & Foggers are the ideal products for eliminating a large amount of dust mites in one treatment. Once set off, the fogger or fumer will release a powerful insecticide smoke or mist into the atmosphere, penetrating even the hardest to reach places in your room, killing most dust mites in its path.
- Dust Mite Killer Kits contain the necessary products to control dust mite infestations. Most of the kits available, including the simple dust mite killer kits, contain powerful insecticide sprays, smoke generating fumers and a dusting powder, providing three levels of control against dust mites.
Asthma and Allergies
Dust Mites are known as the primary cause of allergies, which includes asthma, and for this reason can cause significant problems for those in the household. Being in the vicinity of dust mites can heighten one's allergic reaction or initiate asthma attacks.
The symptoms associated with dust mites include wheezing, itchy and watery eyes, eczema, asthma attacks and continued coughing fits. If exposed to the mite's effects at an early age, a child may experience life-long allergies which can cause considerable problems in their home.
This allergy comes from the mite's droppings, which contain a digestive protein that when inhaled by humans, can instigate the allergic reaction. There is no cure for the allergy either, so the best method is to take precautions within your household, such as good ventilation.
The ideal place to start dust mite control is in the bedroom, as dust mites are drawn to the warmth and plethora of carpets, mattresses, duvet covers, pillows and rugs. It also makes an ideal spot to mate and lay eggs, and as already mentioned, they are invisible to the human eye and many of us will have very little idea as to their whereabouts. In addition to airing out the mattress and pillows several times a week for a good half hour, make sure you wash the linen in hot water often, and perhaps even use a micro-porous cover to protect your mattress and keep the pests from getting in or out. Nightwear can also be a secret weapon; cotton clothing can be used to absorb perspiration and keep the body cool.
The micro-porous mattress, or 'anti-mite mattress', is perhaps the most highly recommended precaution when in this unfortunate situation; it efficiently creates a barrier between you and the pests as you sleep. Studies have also shown it to improve breathing and greatly relieve symptoms over time.
The majority of the mite's body is water, and is in a condition which they must maintain in order to successfully mate, which means that any garment or surface that is 'infected' can be put into freezing or hot temperatures to completely clear it of the pests. Rather than having to wash and air the carpets in your house on a regular basis however, it would be apt to remove them altogether if there is someone in your home experiencing allergies.
Though it may not be considered practical in certain cases, it's also a good idea, if you're in desperate need, to make sure that you have plastic curtains to prevent the mites from nestling into the usual materials, and wooden or plastic chairs, reducing the amount of places in which they can lay eggs and cause more damage. Again, heavy carpets can be a particular nuisance, and if at all possible, make use of hard-flooring, especially in the bedroom.
Other helpful methods can involve the use of mite-sprays and fumers or foggers; the use of pesticides, such as Protector P Dust Mite Killer Spray or Insecto Dust Mite Destroyer Bomb , is considered a last resort and should be used as such. Those facing allergies may also have certain sensitivities towards chemicals, and sprays should only be implemented in the most severe cases, but are equally as effective. The process is primarily employed on heavy set carpets and involves a quick spray in the evening, allowing it to settle in overnight and then an additional spray in the morning, followed by the use of the vacuum cleaner. For best results you can use these products along with a powder, such as ORGAN-X Natural Dust Mite & Insect Killing Powder, that is able to penetrate all those hard to get 'nooks and crannies'.
Finally, the sufferer may try 'allergy shots', which are a series of injections in which the immune system sensitivity is reduced by releasing an increased amount of allergens into the sufferer over time. This will enable them to respond in a cushioned manner to any allergies they may have, although there is little need to do so in the case of dust mites as their 'dangers' can very easily be dealt with by employing the mentioned solutions, and effectively ridding themselves and their home of these unpleasant pests.
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