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Reducing & Removing Dust From Your Home

Ways to Control the Dust Mite Population in Your Home 

The droppings of dust mites are important allergens which can cause asthma and allergy symptoms in sensitized people. Dust mites live in bedding, carpets, stuffed furniture, old clothing and stuffed toys.

Dust mites feed on human skin shedding and are most common in humid climates -- Dust mites donīt survive when the humidity is below 50%. If droppings of dust mites are inhaled or come in contact with the skin, they may cause asthma, allergy or eczema symptoms.

Reduce dust and dust mites with a Lightning Air Purifier

Here are some control and prevention tips:

* Enclose the mattress and box springs in a zippered dust-proof encasing. Dust-proof encasings have a layer of material that keeps the dust mites inside the encasing. Encasings are usually made of vinyl or other plastics.

* Hot water kills dust mites, so wash all bedding in hot (130 degrees F) water, weekly.

* Put the pillows in zippered dust proof encasings and/or wash the pillows weekly with the bedding.

* Avoid lying on upholstered furniture or carpet.

* Remove carpeting from the bedroom. Use wood, leather or vinyl furniture instead of upholstered furniture in the bedroom.

* The person with a dust mite allergy should not vacuum or be in a room while it is being vacuumed.

* Keep the indoor moisture (humidity) low. The ideal humidity level is 30-40%. Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier in warm climates to decrease the humidity. Clean the dehumidifier regularly.

* Humidifiers/vaporizers are not recommended because they will increase humidity in the room and create a favorable environment for dust mites.

* Chemicals that kill dust mites can be applied regularly to carpeting and upholstered furniture. A tannic acid solution can help neutralize the allergen in mite droppings. However, if you use chemicals that are toxic, you introduce a different type of air pollution into your environment.

* HEPA vacuums or a vacuum with allergen trapping bags help but often stir up more allergens into the air.

* Change furnace filter and clean air ducts.

* Air purifiers that are based on ultraviolet light combined with friendly oxidizers can significantly reduce the dust mite population. This technology renders the dust mites sterile so they canīt reproduce and destroys the food they need to survive. This type of air purifier can be used to directly treat your mattress, pillows, stuffed animals, upholstered furniture and carpets. You might also want to consider an air purifier that uses a combination of ozone and ionization for dealing with dust and dust mites such as the ones listed below

Dust & Dust Mites

Facts You May Not Know about Dust Mites

Dust mites are far too small to see with the unaided eye, but for many of us, you can definitely feel his presence. They are the single most common allergen that people inhale in their homes.

These mites undermine the health of many people, triggering runny noses, headaches, and most alarmingly asthma attacks. Unfortunately, they are so small that they are found in the dust which is everywhere inside your home.

While a definite irritants, these creatures are not responsible for all allergies - other pollutants such as pollens, pet dander, mold and tobacco residue (secondhand smoke), to name a few, can also cause reactions. But in terms of a single allergen, the dust mite is probably the most important one.

Here are some facts about dust mites you may not know:

* 42,000 mites can live in one ounce of dust.

* In most homes, 40 pounds of dust is generated per year, per 1,500 square feet of space. The dust can host up to 15 species of mites.

* A microscopic insect-like creature, the mite lives primarily in pillows, mattresses, carpets, and upholstered furniture.

* The mite thrives in humid warm conditions.

* The mite diet consists of shed scales from human skin.

* Fecal matter produced by the mite is the allergen to which people react.

* Each mite produces about 20 waste particles per day. These particles continually aggravate allergies even after the mite is dead.

* Female mites can lay 25-50 eggs.

* A new generation is produced every three weeks.


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