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Dust Mite Tips

Cover (encase) your bedding with allergen protective coverings. Tape the zippers of the protective coverings.

Wash your sheets and pillowcases in hot (130+ degree) water weekly.

Clean carpets and rugs or treat them with Dust mite-Allergen Spray or tannic acid.

Hire only Certified Carpet Cleaners with the PCCA designation.

Routinely apply (3M Scotchguard) carpet protector on your carpets to keep moisture from getting into the pad when spills occur.

Vacuum with a true HEPA, ULNA or Central Vacuum System regularly Maintain indoor humidity below 50%. Reduced dust = reduced dust mites!

Avoid upholstered furniture and dust collecting items within the home which cannot be washed.

Keep clothing tucked away in closets and drawers and keep the closet doors shut.

Use electrostatic and high filtration (at least .3 microns) furnace and air conditioner filters and change them monthly.

Wash all bedding in hot (130o F) water, weekly.

Put the pillows in zippered dust proof encasings and/or wash the pillows weekly with the bedding.

Avoid lying on upholstered furniture or on your carpets. It's disgusting, but dust mites feed on the dead skin cells we leave behind.

Use wood, leather or vinyl furniture instead of upholstered furniture in the bedroom to cut down on dustmite friendly habitats.

Anyone with a dust mite allergy should not vacuum or be in a room while it is being vacuumed.

Put children's stuffed animals in the freezer overnight (encased in a plastic bag) to kill dust mites that may be embedded in the fur. Vacuum them after removing them from the freezer because the dust mite feces are actually what triggers the asthma and allergy attack.

Keep the indoor moisture low. The ideal humidity level is 30-40%. Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier in warm climates to decrease the humidity. Clean the dehumidifier regularly.

Humidifiers/vaporizers are not recommended because they will increase humidity in the room and create a favorable environment for dust mites. If you must use a humidifier, clean it daily to prevent mold growth.

Chemical solutions may be helpful. Acaricides (a chemical that kills dust mites) must be applied regularly to carpeting or upholstered furniture. This solution will not remove any preexisting mite droppings. A tannic acid solution, applied as directed, can help neutralize the allergen in mite droppings. There are different types of chemicals both wet and dry to clean dust mites. For more information, go to

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