Have you been bitten by a dust mite? Our focus in this article will be to discuss dust mite bites, how to treat them, how to get rid of dust mites, and what you can do to prevent them.
Dust mites are commonly known for causing asthmatics to suffer badly, especially when there are hundreds of dust mites swarming your home and digging into your carper. The strange thing about them is that even when you try to clean up the mess that they bring with them by vacuuming or dusting, if you're an asthmatic then you're more than likely going to suffer more than you did before. Hence, they are an awful insect to have to deal with and in this article, we'll be discussing their bites and how you can get rid of them.
What Are Dust Mites?
Dust mites are in the same family as spiders, although are very different and affect people much differently. Unlike most other pest infestations, most of which feed off of your blood, dust mites live off of your dead skin cells and are so small that you won't notice that you have an infestation until they've swarmed your home or you're covered in bites. On the other hand, if you suspect that there are dust mites in your home and you're looking for them, you'll have an easier time finding them.
Most dust mites live in very humid parts of the world and thrive in the heat. Although attracted to humidity, funnily enough, you can also use humidity to get rid of them – but we'll get to that later.
Now, as disgusting as it is to think about, we humans shed a lot of dead skin and while you can't see it, there is a lot of it. Most of your dead skin will shed while you're asleep which is why it's common for dust mites to be found around your bed or on your bed sheets, although you shed skin throughout the day too; there are no limits to where you'll find them.
How Dangerous is a Dust Mite Bite?
Even though you can't see dust mites easily, and you can't feel their bites, they leave visible red bumps on your skin (sometimes confused as a rash) which can be dangerous in some cases, but not all.
The thing is, unlike other insects (like bed bugs or fleas), dust mites have a higher chance of transmitting diseases between them and you. However, things can get pretty complicated when it comes to a dust mite bite. If a dust mite has a disease then there's a fairly high chance that it will be transmitted to you if you're bitten by it simply due to the fact that they have a high transmission rate.
That being said, there are different types of dust mites and while it depends on what country you live in, it's unlikely that you'll have a disease transferred to you.
How to Treat Dust Mite Bites
If you wake up and you've noticed a lot of dust mite bites on your body, it's worth taking a trip to the doctor just to be on the safe side. Reiterating what we said before, it's not likely that you'll have caught a disease from them but it's better to be safe than sorry! It's especially important to contact a medical professional if you are experiencing any signs of an allergic reaction to the dust mite bite (such as nausea or trouble breathing).
After making sure that you've not been infected by a dust mite, you don't have to worry about anything other than dealing with the dust mite bites as best as you can. You don't need to use any fancy creams and after a few days, the bites will have faded and before you know it, they'll be gone.
However, if you are scratching the bites due to them being itchy, you'll risk the skin breaking and an infection breaking out. The best treatment is to keep your skin clean and use either a moisturiser or essential oil to soothe the itchiness and irritability of the bites until they're cleared up.
Getting Rid of Dust Mites
After you've noticed the dust mite bites and you've confirmed that you have a dust mite problem, your next job is to get rid of them as soon as possible. If the infestation has spread all over your home before you started to realise the dust mites, your best approach would be to contact pest control and have them take care of it for you. However, if you feel as though the dust mite infestation is manageable then there are a few different things that you can try.
Keep Your Bedding Clean. Washing your bed sheets frequently can go a long way in terms of hygiene and getting rid of pest infestations. If you see dust mites on your bed then immediately throw all of your bedding into the washing machine, and put them on a high-temperature wash. This is effective for getting rid of any pests which have chosen to live on your bed sheets as heat kills them fairly quickly.
Carpet Cleaner Powder. If you've noticed that there are dust mites on your carpet and you want to get rid of them, the first thing that you should try is carpet cleaner powder. Although it depends on the specific powder that you buy, it is typically safe for use on any type of carpet and will kill any dust mites. After leaving it on your carpet for the instructed time frame, you simply vacuum it up and you're good to go.
Preventing a Dust Mite Infestation
For those of you who are worried about a dust mite infestation or you've had one in your home before, and you simply want to know how to prevent one from happening in the future, consider the pointers below.
Don't Make Your Bed. For the longest time, we've been told to make our beds as soon as we get up. Sure, it looks nice and tidy and it can be a great way to motivate you and kick off the day, but it's not as hygienic as we've been tricked into thinking. It's no secret that we sweat while we sleep and this results in your bedding becoming slightly moist – dust mites are attracted to moist areas. By not making your bed, you're allowing your bed to "air out" which as a result, prevents dust mites from being attracted to it.
Replace Carpets with Laminate Flooring. Carpets are notorious for capturing dust particles as well as dead skin, making it the perfect place for dust mites to linger. If you're looking to change your flooring and you're worried about a dust mite infestation, consider hardwood flooring or laminate flooring. Both are very easy to keep clean, healthier if you're living with an asthmatic, and there's no risk of dust mites living in it.
Maintain a Low Humidity. Given that dust mites love a humid environment, make sure that your home isn't too humid as it will attract dust mites and may cause an infestation. They are also attracted to hot places too – get yourself an air conditioner for the summer and a dehumidifier!
Dust Mite Conclusion
Getting rid of dust mites isn't as difficult as some of the other creepy crawlies that we have to deal with, although if you're bitten by a dust mite (or you suspect that you've been bitten) then you should contact a doctor at your earliest convenience. While for the most part they are harmless, don't risk it.