Dust mite detection and control
Dust mites are tiny, almost microscopic, creatures that are always found living in our beds. The warm environment allows them to thrive and they love to feed on the dead skin cells that humans shed. So how do you go about detecting the presence of dust mites in your bed?
Step 1 : Get yourself a Dust Mite Detection Kit
Before we begin, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you constantly waking up with dust mite allergy? (watery nose, itchy eyes, etc.)
- Do you want to protect your family from these harmful allergens?
- Do you want a stress-free and scientific way of detecting dust mites?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, then you should definitely consider purchasing a detection kit. The way it works is simple: the kit will measure the amount of dust mite allergens that are present in your bed, carpets as well as other upholstery. You can collect samples of dust from any of these places and mix it with certain chemicals that come with the kit. There should be a detailed user guide that is included inside your kit which tells you the necessary steps to follow for you to detect the amount of dust mites you have in your bed.
Once you’ve performed the steps correctly, you will be able to compare and contrast the color of the test tube with actual readings provided with the test kit. Now that you know how bad the situation is, it’s time to move on to step 2 below.
Step 2 : Controlling the dust mite situation
You can effectively start eliminating dust mites from your home by first removing the environment that they prefer to live in. Start opening your windows or installing a dehumidifier air conditioning unit to keep the air in the room circulated and moisture free. Without a warm and moist environment, these dust mites will begin to die out which is exactly the type of result you’re looking for.
Consider purchasing a dust mite mattress protector as well. By having this protector, it creates a barrier between your body and the mattress, encasing it completely in impermeable material will prevent dust mites from reaching their primary food source, you. Aside from that, consider regularly washing your pillow cases, blankets, mattress beddings in hot water as this will kill the dust mites as well as keeping your fabrics fresh, clean and dust-free.
You could also consider taking a more drastic approach by removing old carpets and upholstery and either replacing them with newer ones or by not using them altogether. Instead of carpeting, you can choose to have wooden or marble floors. For upholstery, you will need to bring them out of the house before you start cleaning them to avoid spreading allergens around your home.