You discovered you or someone you love has an allergy to dust mites. Time for your dust mite prevention plan.
You have gone through all the steps to kill dust mites. You did that didn't you? If you didn't read the article How to Kill Dust Mites.
Home sweet home to a dust mite
Dust mites live and multiply in mattresses, carpets, furniture, bedding, and pillows. Notice many of these are present in your bedroom. We need a plan that covers all these areas. You have to keep dust mites from coming back with reinforcements. After all you don't want to get any dust mite bites.
In our opinion the most important thing you can do to help you deal with dust mite allergies is to use a dust mite bed cover. You can shop around and find a mattress covers at many online and brick and mortar stores. You need to pay attention to the size of the holes in the cover. A dust mite's fecal matter can be as small as 10 microns. Try to find a cover that will block particle that small.
We think that everyone with allergies should have an air purifier. Dust mites and their waste products do get stirred up in the air. An air purifier with a HEPA filter will be able to remove these allergens from the air. You can find reviews over many of the top brands on this website. Let us help you find the perfect air purifier.
Wash your blankets and sheets every week using a laundry detergent additive. Use hot water and dry them in the dryer. A hot dryer will kill dust mites in about 10 minutes. This will keep them from coming back.
Clean regularly. We hope that you already do this. Change all your sheets and blankets. Vacuum throughly every day. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Use a damp cloth or mop to clean hard floors. Never use a dry cloth. It just stirs the dust into the air.
Keep the temperature in your house low. This is how to kill dust mites. Dust mites find it hard to live if it is under 70 degrees Farhenheit. Keep the humidity low too. Less than 50% humidity makes it hard for dust mites to survive.
Many people over look this one. Wash your children's stuffed animals. Make sure you buy only washable toys. You can wash it in hot water and dry it in the dryer. You can also but the toy in the freezer for a day before you wash it to make sure the dust mites are dead. Don't keep the stuffed animal on the bed.
This one is drastic. Remove all the carpet from your house and replace it with linoleum, wood, or tile.