How to Get Rid of Mites at Home
Mites are micro-organisms that belong to the arachnid family. These are present in dust and cause allergic reactions in much of the population. These microscopic animals are found naturally in all fabrics, particularly in mattresses and pillows as well as in upholstery and carpets. To prevent problems with mites we must conduct proper and thorough household cleaning. That is why in OneHowTo now explain step by step how to get rid of mites at home.
The first step you should take is essential to get rid of mites at home and it is to air all the rooms in your house daily, especially bedrooms. Open doors and windows so that air can flow for about 30 minutes and be renewed.
Also, mattresses are one of the most common habitats for mites so you must also aerate these often. Try to do so every month or two weeks if possible. There are also mite covers that can help in avoiding direct contact with these micro-organisms.
When washing sheets and other bedding you must do so at a temperature above 60 degrees Celsius because it is the only way to kill the mites and hatchings that may be there. It's also important to change them often, this way, you'll get rid of mites that have accumulated with time; read this OneHowTo article to know how often you should change sheets.
Furthermore, carpets and rugs also concentrate many mites, which is why we recommend removing them as much as possible. If you do not want to you must carry out correct carpet cleaning and carpet maintenance.
When dusting, this should be done with the help of a damp cloth and a vacuum cleaner with a suitable filter and not a feather duster or a dry cloth. This will prevent mites and other dust particles from being suspended in the air.
It is also very important to reduce humidity inside the house, it is recommended to keep it below 50%. The use of air conditioners and dehumidifying devices are two good ways to lower humidity and prevent the proliferation of mites.
Acaricides (or mite spray) are chemical substances that kill mites. These are readily available in shops and are not toxic to humans. These products kill the mites but do not eliminate their remains and so a thorough cleaning must take place after use.
It's important to get rid of mites because they can affect your health severely, because if you have these insects in your home, you might feel an itch or skin irritation when you are in contact with the places where these insects have found their home. They can also lead to breathing problems, especially those allergic to mites, and dermatitis may even appear. In this article we tell you how mites can affect your health.
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- Avoid an accumulation of dust in any area or corner of your home.