May 1


Dust Mite Removal In Vancouver, Washington

Do you, or any of your family members, have issues with allergies?

If so, one of the causes of your allergies could be the dust mite.

In this article we are going to go over what dust mites are, where they love to live, and how you can greatly reduce the numbers of dust mites in your home in Vancouver.

Let's start with what are dust mites?

Dust Mites in Vancouver Homes

This little creature cannot be seen - but causes a lot of problems

You see that ugly little creature in the picture - that is a dust mite and they are invisible to the naked eye. You literally cannot see them, and this is one reason why they can cause some serious issues with allergies.

If you cannot see or hear something, and don't know they are there, then you are probably not thinking of them and that can lead to large build ups of dust mites in your home.

Dust mites are arachnids and specially come from the Pyroglyphidae family of mites. These mites are not parasitic and live in human dwellings, especially in materials with soft fabric.

A common misconception is that dust mites bite or sting; dust mites do not bite or sting, they cause issues with humans, and allergies, because of the protein in the dust. It is the protein that some humans are allergic to.

Humidity is a major thing with dust mites. They need the humidity as that is their only source of water. This is one reason why dust mites are so common in bedding - there is usually a lot of humidity in bedding from people breathing and perspiring.

Where Are Dust Mites Found In The Home?

Dust Mites In Bedding

Bedding Is The Most Common Place To Find Dust Mites

Dust Mites In Rugs

Rugs & Carpets Also Hold A Fair Amount Of Dust Mites

Dust mites can literally be anywhere in the home, as long as their is a food source. But the most common areas you will find dust mites are:

  • Bedding. Especially the pillows and mattresses.
  • Furniture, especially furniture with cloth fabric.
  • Stuffed animals.
  • Carpets, especially carpets with long thick pile.

Conditions That Dust Mites Thrive In

Dust mites THRIVE in high humidity areas of the home and where there is a good food  source for them. This is why the bedroom is a very common place for dust mites, especially in the mattress and pillows.

The drier the air in your home, the less dust mites you are probably going to have.

But even in a high humidity home (like many in Vancouver, Washington) dust mites cannot thrive if they don't have a good food source.

How To Reduce Dust Mites In Your Vancouver Home

The hard cold facts about dust mites is that you are most likely not going to completely remove them from your home. But you can great reduce them. Here are some things you can do to greatly reduce the build up of dust mites in your home.

Clean the items they live in!

  • This means washing the bedding regularly in HOT water. As hot as you can get it. Make sure the pillow cases, the sheets, and the blankets are washed as often as possible.
  • Clean your mattresses! Mattresses should be cleaned on a regular basis even if you don't have issues with dust mites. But if you do have allergies from dust mites then mattress cleaning should be done often - like EVERY DAY by vacuuming. And every few months by a professional cleaning company.
  • Make sure to clean the curtains and drapes.
  • Clean fabric furniture.
  • Regularly clean stuff animals - mainly through vacuuming them.
  • And clean your carpets regularly. There are two steps to carpet cleaning:

A. Vacuum regularly with a good vacuum that has HEPA filters. While vacuuming the carpet will not remove
all of the dust mites, vacuuming does help reduce dust mite levels.

B. Hire a professional carpet cleaning company.  Cleaning your carpets with really hot water can help kill dust mites and greatly reduce the buildup of dust mites in your carpet. HOT WATER EXTRACTION, for a number of reasons is the most recommended method for deep thorough cleaning and does a really good job of eliminating dust mites.

  • Reduce the humidity in your home. Dust mites absolutely thrive in high humid situations, which makes
    homes in Vancouver really susceptible to dust mites. You can use dehumidifiers, especially in the bedrooms to help control dust mites in Vancouver.

The Bottom Line About Dust Mite Removal In Vancouver, Washington

If you suffer from allergies then you should see a doctor and take the advice of a qualified professional.

Dust mites are found in four out of five American homes and they are almost, for sure, in YOUR HOME.

They are in your bedding, in your furniture, in your carpets, in your children's stuff animals and they can cause some people very serious problems.

They do not bite or sting - the protein from their dead bodies and fecal matter is what caues the allergic
reaction in humans. Yes, the thought of sleeping on pillows and mattresses with dust mites, dead dust mite
bodies, and dust mite fecal matter is enough to make most people shake a bit.

But dust mites can be controlled, but it takes a number of steps (outlined in this article) to greatly reduce the number of dust mites in your Vancouver home.

If you have any questions about how we clean carpets and can reduce the amount of dust mites in your home, please contact us today.

Linton's Carpet Cleaning 

For the absolute best carpet cleaning in Vancouver, Washington, and the surrounding areas, please give us a call today. Safe cleaning, no pricing games, just great cleaning and customer service.

We will be more than happy to schedule a FREE NO OBLIGATION quote on any carpet cleaning you need done. And if you have any questions about our services - feel free to ask. We will answer any and all questions related to our services.

More Blog Post

Page [tcb_pagination_current_page] of [tcb_pagination_total_pages]