Do you ever have the sniffles first thing in the morning? Allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, and sinus-type headaches can be caused by more than just dust or pollen. According to the College of Asthma, Allergy, & Immunology, one of the most common sources of allergies and asthma is our invisible roommates: dust mites.
Like many bad roommates, these creatures seem harmless at first. They’re so small that you never see them, and they don’t bite or sting us. Their food is the dead skin cells we shed. At first, it might seem like they’re doing us a favor by eating up the dust we ourselves produce. But these bad roommates have a messy, disgusting habit.
How Dust Mites Trigger Allergies
What goes in must come out. When a dust mite gobbles up your dead skin cells, it releases tiny, mite-sized, pooh. One dust mite produces about 20 droppings per day. If that doesn’t seem like a lot, consider this: one used mattress can typically contain anywhere between 100,000 and 10 million mites. Imagine each one of those mites dropping pooh 20 times every day. How many days has it been since you cleaned your mattress? That’s a lot of pooh!
Dust and pollen can trigger allergies, but dust mite pooh is far worse. It irritates our eyes, nose, and skin. Breathing in all that waste irritates our lungs and can aggravate asthma, especially in kids. Every night, you could be sleeping in a pile of microscopic pooh. The more skin you shed, the more the pooh piles up, and your allergies only get worse.
How to Recognize the Symptoms of a Dust Mite Infection
If you have constant allergy symptoms, no matter how often you dust and sweep, then dust mites may be to blame. Watch out for chronic reactions such as:
- Runny nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Swollen skin
In severe cases, asthma and eczema can appear. The longer that you allow dust mites to live in your home, then the symptoms will only get worse. Why gamble with your health when you can take care of the root of the problem and get rid of those pesky mites?
How to Sanitize Your Home
Dust mites will live anywhere that they can get fresh skin cells to eat, but they especially like warm, humid environments. It’s no wonder that they find our mattresses irresistible! We spend about a third of our lives in our mattresses, and that provides plenty of warmth and food for our tiny roommates. If we want to evict them once and for all, it is important to diligently clean our beds.
Generally, you want to clean your linens, upholstered furniture and carpet at least once a week. A hot wash will not only kill off the dust mites, but will also keep the bed smelling, and feeling, fresh and clean. Unfortunately, that’s only the easy part.
Experts suggest deep-cleaning once every 6 to 12 months. Some people try to do this themselves by taking it outside to bake in the hot sunshine.
Between family time, your work schedule, and other activities that need to be done, this just isn’t practical for most of us.
Leave It to the Professionals!
If you’re serious about keeping your filthy roommates out of your home , it’s best to let the pros handle it. Amazon Cleaning can help you take care of cleaning your home. You can reach us by phone at (770) 906-4001, or visit https://amazoncleaning.net for more information about our Atlanta maid service.