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Information on Dust Mites

Fact Sheet: Dust Mites

Exceedingly common, minute creatures of the genus Dermatophagoides, these are the main source of the house dust allergens implicated in allergic, respiratory reactions such as asthma. Dust Mites feed on discarded human skin scales and require both warmth and humidity to thrive. Mattresses and pillows provide ideal habitats for mites.

Dust Mite Allergy:

Asthmatic Conditions in many people are worsened or induced by inhaling the microscopic bodies of House Dust Mites. This minute creature is present in virtually every home and those suffering allergic reactions to it must take steps to reduce the amount of dust in the home, for example, through the use of plastic-filled pillows, special bedding, and frequent application of a high-powered vacuum cleaner with ultra-fine dust filter. Improved ventilation and thorough airing of bedding is very important in modern, centrally heated, double-glazed houses when dealing with mites. Seek medical advice if symptoms persist.

Control:

Mites are a very difficult species to remove completely, but one which can be controlled to some extent by a combination of (a) exceptional cleaning standards, (b) reduction of humidity and (c) the use of appropriate acaricide chemicals.

Air all bedding and household fabrics to tackle mites, and vacuum the home or premises thoroughly and regularly – consider using a specialised vacuum cleaner. Dehumidifiers may also be effective in making the home less hospitable to the mites.

A new product became available in early 2007 for the specialist treatment of dust mites: Protector P is available in 1 Litre Trigger Spray , or in 5 Litre bottle, for use with a Professional Pressure Sprayer.