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“But My Carpets Don’t Look Dirty…”

 

Well Guess What? Looks aren’t everything! Clean 1st for your families health & then for appearance. Did you know that in the average home, over 2 million dust mites feed on dead skin scales & other debris? They hide in your carpet, upholstery, drapes, mattresses & pillows. Mites can double their numbers in ten hours & produce ten to twenty pieces of feces per day. You get 100,000 dead bodies & 30 million pieces of feces added to your home EVERY DAY! Microscopic mite feces & corpses are so small that they blow up into the air as you walk around your house & they get into your lungs (I really did not want to know that). One mattress can contain up to 2 million dust mites. They are naked to the eye due to them being so microscopic!

80% of Americans who suffer from allergies are allergic to airborne mite refuse. To help limit their effect on your health, you need to clean your carpets, furniture & mattresses more often. Dust mites are the cause of about 50% of allergic symptoms. Most people are not allergic to the nasty critter themselves, but in fact they are allergic to their feces & dead corpses. When inhaled into our lungs it causes respiratory symptoms such as asthma & their contact with our skin can irritate the skin causing a form of eczema.

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Some tips to help avoid these annoying microscopic arachnids, is to ventilate the house for at least 30-60 minutes a day, change your bed sheets once a week & wash them at the highest temperature possible, get rid of those fan heaters as well! Vacuum 2-3 times a week & be sure to get underneath the beds as best you can. It is highly suggested to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, this is so it reduces the amount of dust mites rejected back into the air after vacuuming. Store extra clothing in a wall cupboard. Put all your children’s plush toys in the freezer wrapped in a plastic bag, I suggest doing one at a time since our freezers are not THAT big 😉 Regularly damp dust all furniture. Do not use a feather duster! Try to avoid bunk beds, due to the child who sleeps on the bottom bunk tends to inhale more dust mites & feces falling down from the top bunk. Pillows & duvets are suggested to be made out of synthetic materials, rather then the down feathers where dust mites can live. You should also use an anti dust mite cover.

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Check out the “Asthma & Allergy Foundation Of America” website below for more useful information as well!

http://www.aafa.org/page/dust-mite-allergy.aspx

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