Dust Mites And Allergies - Learn The Facts

Believe it or not, the average home can contain well over two million house
dust mites with a new generation arriving every three weeks. The life span of each dust mite is 3 to 4 months and between 20 and 50 eggs are laid every three weeks. Each dust mite excretes 20 droppings per day. In fact they can excrete so much that a pillow which has not been cleaned for two years could way 10% more than when new because of all the droppings in it.The enzymes which are in the droppings are what cause allergic reactions such as asthma and rhinitis.

Luckily, there are ways to deal with dust mites:

Open your windows every day to air out your house, especially the bedroom. Pull back your covers before you do this. Dust mites need humidity to survive and this will dry them out.

Regularly vacuum your soft furnishings and carpet using a hepa-filter vacuum cleaner
Have your Mattress and carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. Use a cleaning company that is licensed to use dustmite eradication products.

A top tip for children's soft toys is to bag them and put them in the freezer. This will kill any mites on them and their eggs.

The common all year round symptoms of allergies like rhinitis should disappear very quickly if the above steps are followed. Remember that our indoor air is more responsible for our allergies than the pollution outside. This is a good thing because it means we have control over the environment which effects us the most!
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