“How to know if you have dust mites?” asks the person who’s probably showing signs of an infestation, including but not limited to, a runny nose and clogged sinuses.
If you’re suffering from both, the good news is that it’s not always dust mites. But, if it is, then you have another problem. Dust mites are not easy to get rid of, and they can be quite persistent. You’d have to put in a lot of work to fully eliminate them from your house. It is possible, though, to completely rid your room or house of dust mites.
The first step to doing so, however, is to find out if you have dust mites, and the best way to know is to use a microscope.
You don’t need a particularly powerful microscope to see dust mites, but you do need one. These microscopic creatures are invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen under at least a 10x magnification lens. Those kinds of microscopes are readily available for cheap from the children’s toy section, or a hobby store. Once you have a microscope, collect a few samples of dust around your house, specifically from your couch or your bedding, and put it under the microscope. If you see spider-like creatures with eight legs but no eyes, then that’s a dust mite.
Another way to know if you have dust mites around the house is if you notice any sudden or unexplained itching on your arms or legs. However, those aren’t exactly definitive. The best way to know is still to see the dust mites for yourself.
The simplest test, which is to put them under the microscope, is the best test.
Can I Eliminate Dust Mites On My Own?
Yes, and no.
The thing is, it depends on the type of infestation that you have and the amount of work that you’re willing to put in. If you find out that you really do have dust mites in your home, then you might want to clear out a day on your schedule to clean your entire house.
The best way to get rid of dust mites is to clean all of your carpet, furniture, and curtains using a HEPA vacuum cleaner. Afterwards, use an air purifier in your most frequented rooms.
The reason why we recommend a HEPA filter vacuum is because they’re the only types of vacuums that can capture dust mites, which are about 0.3 microns in size. Non-HEPA vacuums simply just can’t clean particles as thoroughly as those with HEPA filters.
Air purifiers, though not completely necessary, are very useful. These pull in all kinds of contaminants from inside your room. This includes dust mites. Once done, it pushes back out the air once again as clean as it can be.
The best thing about using air purifiers is that you don’t need to vacuum as much inside your home. Because they filter the dust and other contaminants, your indoor air quality is maintained. However, it is still necessary to dust and vacuum your home every once in a while.
As an added measure of protection, use dust must proof covers. You can find them at any furniture or bedding store or online. These hypoallergenic bedding provide protection from allergy-inducing contaminants such as dust mites, dust, dirt, and so much more.