Everything you need to know about pests
What are these creatures called dust mites?
They are microscopic bugs related to ticks and spiders because they have eight legs not the six that insects have. They don't bite but they feed on dead skin that humans shed continuously. They are a problem because their droppings are very allergenic and have been known to be responsible for many medical problems such as asthma, rhinitis (a form of hay fever), and eczema. They have also been linked to a host of other diseases such as conjunctivitis and dermatitis and in extreme cases where the allergy to the dust mite enzyme is severe, anaphylaxis, certain types of pneumonia, angioedema and others. The severity varies from unaffected to some of the severe allergic reactions mentioned.
How do I get them in my bed?
They are clingers, clinging with hooks on their legs to material, fur or anything that gives them a place to hide like socks, soft toys, or pajamas can transport them to a bed.They can iive on top of covers and pillows.
Getting rid of them?
Dust mites like moisture. Use air conditioning to keep the humidity in the room low. Don't make your bed in the morning. Let it air out from the moisture it picks up from your body while sleeping. They cling toughly but a vacuum cleaner with a good HEPA filter is very effective in removing the dust that they feed on. Wash linens in hot water (about 130-140 degrees) weekly Mop floors around the bed with a damp mop. Don't use a dry one which only kicks up the dust and mites with them. You should also cover mattresses with mattress covers that are available in bedding stores or department stores. Generally if you have a dust mite problem and the mattress is old, a good solution if you can afford it is to replace the mattress. There are also dust mite sprays available in most supermarkets that can keep them under control.
If you are not sure about your reaction, you can have tests done which your doctor can do which will tell you the extent of your allergy. And please call us if we can help you, at Jersey City Exterminators.