According to the College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology, dust mites are a primary cause of asthma and home-based allergies for all ages.
Approximately 10% of Ireland’s population are allergic to dust mites, so it’s not hard to find a link to multiple diseases and health conditions.
If you’ve ever woken up with sniffles, an unexpected sinus headache, itchy eyes or unexplained sneezing, chances are you have a dust mite allergy. Fortunately, these annoying critters can be professionally controlled.
What Are Dust Mites and How Do They Trigger Allergic Reactions?
Chances are you’ve at least seen a dust bunny or two in your lifetime. It’s more likely that they’re lurking all over your home. Many people automatically assume the fluffy piles of lint are just comprised of random dirt, bits of food, and dead skin cells or other “harmless” materials.
However, those “bunnies” are far more evil than they appear. Why? Because they’re really comprised of dust mites.
Dust mites can’t be seen by the naked eye. They’re microscopic insects that feed on many types of dirt and debris, but dead skin cells are their passion.
So then, you might be thinking, “What’s wrong with that if I can’t see them anyway and they consume dirt and dead skin?”
Well, let’s look at how quickly they copulate.
A single gram (half teaspoon) of dust contains up to 1,000 dust mites. Yet, compared to the average mattress, that’s practically nothing. Your bedding may look clean. It may even smell fresh and wonderful. But the typical mattress contains between 100,000 and 10 million dust mites at any given time.
If you think that’s gross, just wait because the average dust mite produces 20 waste droppings on a daily basis. Not only are you living with and breathing in these microscopic creatures, but you’re literally lying in their feces!
Even if you’re horrible with math, the undisputed fact is that 10 million dust mites excreting 20 waste droppings per day equal a lot of filth you simply don’t need in your life.
And what’s even worse is it’s not usually the bugs that cause the problem, it’s the waste itself.
Inhaling the enzymes and feces can irritate human lungs and aggravate asthma. It can also cause breathing issues, especially for children and the elderly.
Ignoring simple sniffles or nasal congestion that seem to have no obvious cause can be a grave mistake.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Potential Dust Mite Infestation?
Exposure to dust mites and the resulting allergens is enhanced during sleeping hours or whenever the dust is disturbed.
So as wonderful as plopping into an over-stuffed bed may sound after a long, hard day at work, such an action can have unforeseen consequences.
The mildest reaction may be a runny nose. But those especially sensitive to dust mite excretions can experience frequent or chronic reactions that may result in dramatic health concerns.
In fact, any or all of the following symptoms can be caused by the tiny, unwelcome intruders:
- Coughing Fits
- Facial Pain
- Hay Fever
- Itchy Nose
- Itchy, Red, Watery Eyes
- Nasal Congestion
- Nasal Drip/ Runny Nose
- Swollen Skin
Dust mites thrive in warm and humid conditions. In fact, they can’t survive long in continually cold conditions. They love to burrow into thick clothing and eat away at dead skin cells.
Dust mites won’t bite the host, but each will leave behind approximately 1,000 allergen-causing waste particles during its 80-day life cycle. And since each female dust mite can lay 25-30 eggs per week, it’s guaranteed more will follow if you continue to ignore the problem.
How Can You Get Rid of Dust Mites in Your Bed and Bedding?
Dust mite infestation causes a mattress to double in weight within ten years. So it’s both healthy and wise to wash your bed linen on a weekly basis.
But what about the mattress itself?
Experts suggest the mattresses should be deep cleaned once or twice per year to control, if not entirely remove, the unwelcomed sleeping partners.
Of course, waiting for ideal weather conditions and dragging each mattress out to a dry patch in the yard to either bake under the sun or freeze is not something any sane or rational human being would consider-at least not when there’s a far easier solution.
Why not just leave it to the professionals and call it a day?
Not only will you rid your life of the pests, but you’ll sleep better in the process.
We can help. For more details, give us a call today so we can make your life easier tomorrow.