Mites are among the most prehistoric and successful invertebrate creatures. They have learnt, over the centuries how to successfully use the environment around them to survive. Because of their small size (some are microscopic), they almost always go unnoticed. There are many types of mites; some feed on plants and soil or water while some are parasites and feed on animals, mold or even humans.
However, as interesting as this might sound but getting rid of mites is also important as they may cause allergies and even diseases. If you have allergy even when it is not quite the allergy season, the reason can be mites. Mite feces and their remains are the primary reasons for the allergic reactions at homes worldwide.
Getting Rid of Mites
- Removing mites need a mixture of both, good housekeeping skills and the proper selection of the kind of fabric that you use in your house. Cleaning the house regularly, especially the furniture is of utmost importance. Using shampoo to clean the carpets and dry cleaning different fabrics goes a long way in curbing the menace of the mites as well.
- Special attention should be given to cleaning the carpet and the bed as those are the prime spots where the mites grow and breed. Change the bed sheets and beat the pillows regularly.
- Mites also breed on chairs and couches, so remember to clean and dust the sofas and the couches regularly.
- This might seem unimportant but getting rid of other pests from the house, like cockroaches, fleas, etc. can actually help in curbing the mites as they eat the remains of the other pests.
- Choosing a non-organic fabric is also a way to keep the number of mites down. One can even use cotton sheets which have high thread count to furnish the bedroom.
- Always make it a point to cover the mattress with latex rubber. This, inturn will help in getting rid of the mites to a great extent.
- If all the above steps fail to control the mites, then there are of course sprays and various treatments which can be used to reduce their number or atleast countervail the allergies that are present in the mite feces.