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Killing Up Dust Mites in Carpet and Other Items by Theresa Flores

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Killing Up Dust Mites in Carpet and Other Items

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You most likely have some on the seat you're sitting on and some in the clothes you're wearing right now. Removing dust mites from your infested linens, carpets, or curtains is not a simple task.

There are some facts that you should familiarize yourself with, concerning dust mites, before going through the hard task of removing your home of the pests.

Throw away those old drapes, feather pillows, down comforters, and other old furniture. Also, if you really want to destroy dust mites' favorite home, feeding ground, and place to hide, use the vacuum. Get rid of the dang carpet! Those plush stuffed toys are a favorite haven of the dust mite.

Wash all the stuffed animals you can, and if they are not washable, make sure to run a steamer wand over them and shake or beat them off outdoors. When researching how to kill dust mites, it is important to know that the steam will kill the dust mites in carpets, drapes, stuffed toys, and other such areas. But then you need to get rid of the corpses and feces. With carpet and drapes, just vacuum like crazy after steaming. For things that are tough to vacuum, make sure to shake or beat off well outdoors.

The main thing when figuring out how to kill dust mites is clean, clean, clean. Yeah, cleaning sucks, but is necessary when learning how to kill dust mites. Get yourself a mattress made of latex if possible. If you can't afford a good anti-dust mite mattress, get yourself a dust mite mattress cover. They can work wonders for your mattress and really help control the dust mites.

For starters, dust mites don't survive in a relative humidity below 50 percent; they don't like places where it's very dry. Also, can be 100,000 dust mites living in a square yard of carpet, because each egg-laying dust mite can lay about 25 eggs every three weeks. Methods to kill dust mites

Hot Water

One of the simplest ways to kill dust mites that have infested your bed linens is to wash all your linens in hot water that is above 130 degrees, but anything less than 130 degrees Fahrenheit will not kill the mites. You should wash your curtains weekly using the same method. Dry with the highest heat setting.

Freeze, then Wash

There is an alternative method for killing dust mites which involves freezing them. You can place your pillows and some of your children's stuffed toys in the freezer for about a day to kill dust mites. You must wash anything you froze to remove the residue which will still cause allergies.

Low Humidity, Sunlight

It is noted that low levels of humidity and extended exposure to sunlight will also kill dust mites that have infested your home. If you have a fabric doormat, then we suggest that you place it outside weekly into direct sunlight. Buy a humidity gauge and a dehumidifier to keep humidity under 30% in your home and never worry about dust mites again. Clean the dehumidifier regularly to prevent mold build-up. If the dry air irrates your sinuses, use a saline spray to cope.

Use Washable Children's Toys

If you have children (or pets), make sure their stuffed animals are washable. These plush toys are hotbeds for dust mites. If washing them is not a possibility, seal them in an airtight bag for 48 hours to kill the dust mites. Following this, shake or beat the toys outdoors to remove the dead waste which can still cause allergies.

Lose the Carpet

Removing carpet is another solution to getting rid of dust mites. If this is impossible, steam clean carpets regularly and spray them with anti-dust mite chemicals.

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