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How to recognize Dust Mites and how to get rid of them naturally.

10 facts about dust mites

1. You can't see them

2. Dust mites don't bite. If something is biting you it is not a dust mite

3. Dust mites live for 3 months

4. Each one lays 20 - 40 eggs in their life time

5. Each one produces 2000 droppings

6. The droppings are 4 to 20 microns in size but are very dry so crumble into fragments of 1 - 3 microns

7. It takes approximately 6 months for dust mites to colonise a new mattress

8. Dust mites live on shed skin from animals and humans

9. In order to digest the shed skin scales they must first be broken down by mould 

10. Dust mites don't drink so they need a warm moist environment to survive.

 

Top tips to get rid of dust mites naturally

1. Air your bed well, leave the duvet folded back so it can dry out during the day

2. Keep the relative humidiity below 50%. With low humidity, there is no water for the dust mites to consume and moulds will not grow

3. Vacuum your bed and carpets well with a efficient vacuum cleaner or use a bed vac to remove dust mites and their faeces

4. Wash your bedding at 60 degrees to kill the dust mites and to dissolve their faeces. As an extra precaution, add FabriCleanse to your washing to ensure that the dust mite are killed and their allergen is denatured

5. Hang your bedding in the sun, dust mites don't like sun or heat

6. Open your windows to let in fresh air. This will remove the particles that are floating in the air and get rid of the built-up accumulation of toxins

7. Don't use toxic chemicals to kill dust mites. Remember you sleep where they live and you will be breathing in these chemicals. Use safe non-toxic sprays instead

8. Use either untreated cotton or untreated poyester barrier cases that enclose the bedding completely or use dust mite proof pillows and duvets

9. Use a good air purifier in your bedroom to remove the dust mite allegens from the air

10. Use a comprehensive approach to dust mites by using one of the bedroom packs to protect against dust mites.

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