Coping with Dust Mites

How to Banish Dust Mites…the Secret Enemy You Sleep with Every Night

Ultimately, to successfully rid your life of pesky dust mites, you have to apply a rigorous eradication system, and so unless you have the time and energy to devote to this, you should avail yourself of the professional help provided by MITES OUT MARIN.

But if you are a dedicated do-it-yourselfer, this is how you do it yourself.

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Dust mites love your mattress because it’s the perfect environment for them as well as bacteria, viruses and spores. It’s warm, tends to be moist, and what’s more, it’s replete with their favorite diet – human skin flakes. The Mayo Clinic estimates that you may be sharing you cozy bed with anywhere from 1 to 10 million of the critters. Though they’re microscopic (1000 could fit on the head of a pin), they may be causing you big problems. One gram of dust (about the weight of a paper clip) could contain as many as 19,000 dust mites, but usually between 100 to 500 mites live in each gram.

The reason why these tiny creatures are so virulent is that they are a source of allergens. These allergens come from many sources including the dried body parts of the mites themselves and their fecal matter. The typical dust mite excretes 200 times its boy weight in fecal matter. Allergens in the home hide in unexpected places: on stuffed animals, in drawers, and under rugs. Being microscopic, allergens are as airborne as dust.

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One reason this is such a problem is that mites lack a stomach. So digestion occurs outside their bodies. The mites secrete enzymes and deposit the fungus Aspergillus Repens on dust particles. Then the fungus predigests the food for the mites. The dust mite’s partially digested food, and fecal matter make up the most major sources of allergens.

The allergens then enter your body at night. As you shift in your sleep, the tiny allergen particles waft into the air and hence into your breathing passage, lungs and ultimately your bloodstream.

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Perhaps you think you can clean your mattress or change your sheets and they’re gone? Unfortunately this is not the case. Dust mites are tenacious creatures and they’re very happy just where they are in your mattress or burrowed into any number of items in your home. Standard vacuuming doesn’t work. Traditional household or commercial vacuum cleaners don’t have the power to suck out the dust mites and their debris from deep in your mattress. Bleaches and strong soaps won’t kill them either. So what will work?

Mites Out Marin uses a specially engineered vacuum to remove dust mites and other allergens.

But if you are a do-it-yourselfer, there are a few things that you can do on your own.

Extreme temperatures, either high or low, are generally fatal to them. However they reproduce quickly and will soon return. They have a life span of about 30 days and the female lays between 250 to 300 eggs during that period. You can Kill dust mites by washing all sheets, blankets, pillowcases and bedcovers in hot water (130 to 140 F). Putting things in the dryer on hot and running a few minutes will also kill dust mites. Non-washable bedding can be frozen overnight to kill dust mites. Sunlight can kill dust mites but it won’t get rid of the allergens. You can place your pillows and some of your children’s stuffed toys in the freezer for about a day to kill dust mites.

It has been noted that very low levels of humidity (dust mites get water only by absorbing it from the air) and extended exposure to sunlight will also kill dust mites that have infested your home. That should work very well in places like the Mohave Desert and other arid parts of the southwest. But, of course, sunlight is usually available everywhere and mites hate sunlight because it’s a natural form of ultra-violet light, which is deadly to dust mites and their eggs. That’s why they like to burrow deep into your mattress where they’re safe. Mattress covers and sheets do not protect against dust mites. Mattresses and box springs should be encased in zippered, dust-proof covers.

Carpets and heavy draperies can be dust mite heaven.

Carpets, rugs, and heavy draperies can also harbor the mites and their droppings. Bare floors and windows are best. Vacuuming can only do so much.

Vacuum the carpets, drapes, and cloth-covered furniture at least once a week. Vacuuming with tightly sealed units, good filters and double-thickness bags may yield modest additional benefit. Vacuums that use water rather than bags are best. Use washable slip covers and cushions, and wash in 130-degree hot water once a week. Keep pets off of the furniture. Wherever possible, use easy-to-clean flooring, and avoid carpeting. Use blinds and other easy-to-clean window treatments, or wash and dry curtains once a month. Wear a mask while vacuuming to avoid inhaling allergens, and stay out of the vacuumed area for 20 minutes to allow any dust and allergens to settle after vacuuming.

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Europeans are much more proactive on the dust mite front (and incidentally have far few allergy clinics than we do here in the US). As a result, they began developing effective mattress cleaning and sanitizing procedures using specialized equipment over 25-years ago. Now, a vastly improved system and procedure is available in the United States.

Mites Out Marin offers the most effective system for cleaning and sanitizing mattresses.

Our process is equally effective on any porous, allergen collecting surface, which offers a multi-pronged attack against dust mites, bacteria, mold and fungal spores, common virus and a long list of other contaminants that are found in most homes, as well as multi-bed facilities. First, we go over your mattress with a device comprising a high powered suction device working in conjunction with an electronically regulated germicidal UV-C light. This is ultraviolet light of the C band, a type of highly compressed light which penetrates the surface and functions as a completely green, chemical-free and dry, all natural purification system.

After completing the cleaning and sanitizing process, an all natural, chemical and perfume free citrus spray is misted throughout the area in order to cleanse the air above and surrounding the treated surfaces.

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The result is that any mattress, chair, sofa, carpet or drapery is purged of both the dust mites and their debris in a safe and effective manner. It’s fast, too. The whole process takes only around 22-minutes for a king-sized mattress. It is so effective that we only recommend you have this procedure done twice a year to keep down the allergens in your home. It makes sense to get rid of your unwanted sleeping partners and create a healthier home for you and your family.

Mites Out Marin offers the premier green system for cleaning and sanitizing mattresses. (What is GREEN Cleaning? Click here.)

You can find out who you’re sleeping with by arranging for a Free, in-home Allergen and Dust Mite Test.

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