The Creepy Truth About Dust Mites
20th March 2015
We’ve all heard stories about creepy crawlies in our beds, but here are some slightly unsettling facts about dust mites and what it is they’re doing in our place of rest.
Although dust mites are only 0.03mm in length and can’t be seen by the naked eye, it doesn’t mean they are something to be ignored. The mites themselves don’t usually cause any problems for us humans, however their faecal waste is said to give up to 80% of asthma sufferers some form of allergic reaction, and is also linked to eczema and allergic rhinitis.
Dust mites feed on human skin cells and thrive in humid environments, which unfortunately mean our bedrooms, and especially our beds, are like a holiday camp for these miniature creepy crawlies. They can also be found in our carpets, soft furnishing and even our clothes.
So now we’ve scared ourselves stiff, let’s look at how we can try to control the amount of mites we have in our bedrooms and beds
- Invest in some anti-allergy bedding products, duvets, pillows, mattress protectors and more. These speciality products inhibit dust mites, bacteria and fungus from growing in our beds. Look for products with the Allergy UK seal of Approval.
- Washing your sheets and bedding regularly, and at over 60 degrees.
- Open your windows; clean air and ventilation are really important.
- Avoid drying clothing in your bedroom, and ensure clothes aren’t damp when hanging them up.
- Rooms without carpets are always better, but where you do have carpets make sure these are vacuumed regularly, also run the vacuum cleaner over any soft furnishings.
- Change your duvet tog in summer to help regulate your temperature, the less heat, the less humidity in the bed.