Dust and Dust Mites

Dust and dust mites are one of the most common causes of allergies inside the home. Dust can cause a number of mild symptoms such as itching, sneezing, and stuffy noses, to more severe symptoms such as asthma, wheezing, or uncontrollable coughing. Most allergies are actually caused by dust mites, which are the primary cause of asthma in some children.

These following guidelines can help prevent allergic reactions to dust and dust mites.

Dust and Dust Mites Guidelines

  • 1 Minimize dust and dirt by removing carpeting and choosing hard, solid surfaces that are easy to clean.
  • 2 Frequent cleaning to remove dust, dirt, and other allergens like pet dander will also help.
  • 3 Wash bed linens frequently using hot water to remove dust and kill dust mites.
  • 4 Use “mite-proof” mattress and pillow case on your beds.
  • 5 Dust mites love humidity, so keeping humidity low will help keep them away.
  • 6 When doing house or yard work, wear a mask to prevent inhaling dust.
  • 7 Use a HEPA air filter on central heating/cooling units to cut down on dust migration.

Dust and Dust Mites Checklist

  • Carpeting removed to help reduce dust and dirt build-up.
  • Cleaning schedule created to help keep on top of dust.
  • HEPA air filter installed to capture dust in heating/cooling ducts.
  • Protective masks are available for house/yard work.