Dust mite poop is a common cause of asthma and allergic reactions in people and each dust mite can produce 20 droppings a day. Icarumba!
But worry too much as dust mites don’t bite and they don’t carry any diseases.
Dust mites are microscopic critters (being only about 1/100th of an inch long) that have a rectangular shape, are a creamy blue color and have eight legs.
The average mattress can contain from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites and 10 percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be from dead dust mites and their droppings.
Allergy symptoms to dust mites:
- Running nose
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Respiratory problems
Check with your doctor to make sure.
How to Control Dust Mites
- The best way is to use a dust mite mattress cover for your mattress
- Keep the humidity level in your house below 50%
- Wash your bedding weekly in hot water and put them in the dryer
- Use a steamer on your mattress monthly
- Increase ventilation in your house
- Reduce indoor air pollution from tobacco smoke by using an air purifier
- Replace natural fiber pillows like down with a synthetic one
- Remember to wash your child’s stuffed toys
- Favor hardwood or vinyl floors over carpeting
- Vacuum regularly
- Dust with a dampened cloth or a use a dust spray because a dry duster just spreads the dust around
- Use a high efficiency filter in your furnace or air conditioning unit
- Avoid upholstered furniture
- Use blinds instead of curtains
Dust mites are in almost everyone’s home, but with a little effort they can be controlled and their effects minimized.