How to Avoid Problems with Mites

Dust mites are one of the most common causes of allergies that more and more people are suffering from.  They live in moist environments and are especially noticeable in the Fall.

In this article, we are going to explain a few pieces of simple advice that, if performed habitually, will help you avoid problems with mites. People who have allergies to mites already know these measures, but they might surprise others, and they will help provide noticeable improvement.

Dehumidify the environment

As we already said, mites live in moist environments, which is why this first step is to evaluate whether your house could have excess humidity (due to climate, location, etc.).  If this is the case, use dehumidifiers, either natural or electric, which should be placed in different areas in the house.

Ventilate your rooms daily

Mites develop more easily in moist and warm environments, like bed sheets, quilts, sofas, curtains, down feather bed spreads, mattresses or cushions, rugs, etc.  For some pieces this is absolutely indispensable, whereas for others, you might need to assess whether or not they need it.

That’s why we recommend airing out your bedroom everyday.  If possible, leave it directly exposed to the sun in any areas that there may be mites.

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Clean with rosemary vinegar

Rosemary vinegar is easy to prepare.  Let a few fresh branches of rosemary steep in vinegar for one week, then use as a disinfectant and natural, homemade cleanser.

To clean, moisten a cloth with this vinegar and then use to clean furniture, and also to scrub the floor.

Use diffusers with essential oils

Aromatic diffusers not only fill rooms with wonderful aromas, but they also fight mites naturally.  In this case, we recommend the following fragrances:

If you don’t have a diffuser, simply add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spray your rooms throughout the day.

Whenever you buy your essential oils, make sure they are good quality, plant extracted, and not artificial aromatic essences, which don’t have any properties.

Purify the air with plants

An inexpensive and natural solution for purifying the air in rooms is to place specific plants in them.  Not just any plants will do, because some could steal oxygen from the room.  Rather, find plants that regenerate the air, such as the following:

  • Chrysalidocarpus lutescens (Areca, indoor bambu): This plant cleans the air throughout the day.  Clean the leaves often, according to the contamination in the area.  This plant does not require a lot of care, as it adapts to poorly lit areas with little moisture.
  • Sanseviera trifasciata (Snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, Saint George’s Sword): This plant converts carbon dioxide into oxygen over night, which is why it is perfect for the bedroom.
  • Epipremnum aureum (Golden pothos): The pothos is a typical indoor plant and is very resistant.  Do not expose it to direct sunlight.
  • Other plants that you could choose include spider plants, ivy, ficus, or dieffenbachia.


Weekly washing

Try to wash the aforementioned fabrics weekly where mites tend to proliferate.  Do so wish warm water, adding a bit of rosemary vinegar to the softener.  Ideally, dry your clothing in a dryer, or even better, hung out under the sun.

On the other hand, although you shouldn’t do this weekly, do not forget to regularly clean your sofas, chairs and carpets.

Insecticide Products

There are insecticide products available on the market today, which means they are specifically created with materials to prevent mite proliferation.  They are higher in price, but if you are quite allergic to mites, it’s a good idea to grab at least the most necessary products.  You could, for example, place anti-mite pillow cases on your pillows and mattresses.

You should also keep in mind that currently, there are a lot of products for mites on the market, although some are not as effective as they state.  You can evaluate whether it’s a good idea to try them or not, like anti-fungal paint, electrostatic filters, etc.

Photos courtesy of Chiot’s Run and rabiw.
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