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First, we must start off by asking …

What Are Mites?

There are two types of bed mites:

Dust Mites

Courtesy Mite Guard New Zealand

These are opaque looking bugs. They eat skin cells, bacteria and pet hair. They’re microscopic ánd don’t bite. They absorb moisture, so they can be dehydrated. As well as they can also live for 70 days and tend to lay 20 eggs every 21 days.

Bed Bugs bed bug near a match.

Courtesy BedBugs.org

These are a little less common in my experience. They are larger and they can be seen, so they surface a lot at night time and skim across the mattress. They feed on warm human blood.

These bugs BITE, so be careful. They also come out at from behind wall crevices and furnishing seams looking for human blood.

(When I was a kid we used to call them the travelling bug: they hop into your suitcase from infested places and travel back to your bedroom).

How Do You Get Rid Of These Mites

In order to kill these mites, you must take away their food supply. We know that dust mites eat your skin cells and bed bugs eat your blood. So, we need start by getting rid of the skin cells, and in order to do that, we must cover furnishings!

For this purpose, I would recommend covering your mattress and pillow and doona. That means for the amount of dust mites your bedding holds, you’ll be adding a dust mite cover for each piece of bedding. Dust mite covers must always be added to mattress, pillow and doona to prevent your skin cells feeding these dust mites.

It’s a good idea to buy your dust mite allergy covers in a set to save money and so it’s all covered. The allergy cover has a very tiny pore size which is perfect for stopping dust mites. Remember always keep your bed unmade during the day when the sun is up for the bed to dry most effective.

Dust Mite Mattress Protector

Create a barrier between you and the dust mite allergens by enclosing the entire mattress, the entire pillow and the entire doona. Provides asthma and allergy relief by stopping the continual night time exposure to dust mite allergens while you sleep. Encases your entire mattress providing welcome relief from dust mites!

Get welcome relief from dust mites here

 

After you successfully cover your bedding, take your sheets and pillow and doona cases and wash them in hot water. This will loosen up any dust mites that have been living in there and drown them in hot water so that the heat has a better chance of killing them.

Note: Even if you don’t think you have mites, do this anyway just to be sure. Sometimes you might have increased numbers so small that you don’t even see them.

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How to Get Rid of Indoor Mould?

Having trouble with mould? If so, it’s very easy to get rid of mould. Just follow these steps to kill indoor mold and stop it from coming back!

Learn more about indoor mould here

 

The goal here is to get rid of the food supply for the dust mites. Without skin cells, the dust mites will have nothing to eat and will start dying off.

After you have covered your bedding, got your clean sheets on the bed and have replaced your pillow with a new one, make sure you get rid of all the bugs remaining. Since the dust mites need moisture to survive you can use this trick to kill them …

How Do You Kill These Mites?

Get new bedding, new mattress, pillow and doona. You can choose what suits you. Since these are new, the chemical smell, oops I meant the newness smell will out gas to the air. Vacuum using your HEPA filter vacuum both sides of the mattress, and put them in the dust mite cover. Close it up and wait for them to move elsewhere and you, stay healthy.

Sounds expensive I know, but it will get rid of them, the less mites, the less chances more mites will come.

Consider

To be honest with you, I had a really easy time writing this post because mites are interesting to me. (That is how I started Mitey Fresh in 1996, they are indeed curious). They are so minute and they’re everywhere. The pore size in the AllerProtect range of dust mite covers is so fine, 3.5 microns. They don’t stink of chemicals and you and a friend can put it straight onto the bed. I hope this helps you get rid of those that can ruin any sleep or health.

Just make sure you practice basic indoor air science and keep your space clean AT ALL TIMES.

Towards healthier living Tony Parr 🙂

As Principal Consultant to Mitey Fresh since 1996, we have acquired knowledge of adverse health effects and recommend effective strategies to reduce occupants’ exposure by eliminating and controlling as many sources of pollutants in order to create healthy indoor living environments that are as exposure-free and natural as practically possible.

We cut out all the fluff and confusion of indoor air maintenance and stripped it down to the bare bones.

Carol Parr

Author Carol Parr

Carol Parr is a Building Biologist and Healthy Home Wizard. She has worked with asthma and allergy sufferers in their homes and work places for over twenty years, specialising in mould, dust mites, chemicals, EMFs and WiFi. When she’s not turning unhealthy rooms into healthier, relaxing and productive spaces, she’s most likely frightening her husband and their children with numerous “let’s see what this does when …” projects.

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