Dust mite, What is it, Do they bite, How to Deal with it?

Dust mites are tiny micro-organisms that feed on dead skin cells of humans and animal dander. They are harmless to us and like to live in moist conditions. However, if you are asthmatic and suffer with allergies, then these mites can aggravate allergies and cause asthma attacks. As asthmatics, we are allergic to their faeces, which is what triggers our asthma symptoms.

A single mite can produce on average around 20 waste droppings every single day. Not disgust yet!? Well you can find over 100,000 mites living in one square foot of your lounging area at home! These tiny bugs are commonly found in mattresses, chairs, curtains, carpets and other lounging areas.

Do they bite?

Unlike bed bugs, these micro-organisms do not actually bite, but feed on the droppings of your dead skin cells. Many people mistake these mites for bug beds, but they are completely different from one another.

Mattress cover and pillow covers

When it comes to protecting your bedding from these tiny creatures, a plastic/waterproof cover for your mattress will do the work. Not only will it keep mites away, but will also protect your bed from any spillage or accidents. With waterproof pillow case and mattress covers, you will be able to breathe much easier than ever before.


Treating dust mite infestation can be a lot easier than you think. Below are some tips to help you do this.

  • Firstly, you need to do the cleaning! You need to clean all dusty area in your home, but make sure to use a damp cloth so that the dust does not airborne. A face mask for allergies is essential as it will prevent any allergic reactions from the dust particles.
  • Wash all bedding weekly in harm water, preferably 78°F or 26°C, to kill off all dust mites and pet dander. If you have carpet in your home, you can wash it with a machine specially made for carpets. You can always beat the carpet outside once every 6 months, if you do not have a machine. It is better than nothing.
  • I would strongly advice to avoid carpets, if you can. Laminated or terracotta (tiles) floors are much easier to manage than carpets.
  • Vacuum clean your house as often as you can or at least once a week to keep the mites from populating your living space. Vacuum cleaners with water filters would be more suitable for asthma and allergy sufferers, because they remove more dust particles than, say, the paper bag filters.
  • Air purifiers do an amazing job at reducing dust in your home. Air purifiers with HEPA filters are considered the best type for such job. For more information on air purifiers and which one is best suited for you, visit our article here.

When cleaning, it is advisable to stay away from products, which has chemicals as it can easily aggravate asthma. I do not use any cleaning products myself, because I just dislike the idea of using chemicals in general : ) If you are someone, who uses cleaning products regularly, you should buy the non chemical brands made for asthmatics and allergy sufferers, also known as bio cleaning products.

Now step away from your computer and get cleaning! : )

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