Updated: Nov 2, 2020
Mites are not only among the most wide-spread creatures on the planet, they are also among the most diverse. And, because of their small size, they largely go unnoticed.
Most mite species are harmless to humans, but some aren’t. They can cause allergies, rashes and even make you sick. That's why it can be so crucial to get rid of mites.
Some species of mites live on humans and can transmit diseases or cause allergenic disorders. If you're worried about mites in your home, fret not. We're experts at getting rid of all kinds of pests and you, too, can get rid of mites for good - without hiring a pro!
Here's how to get rid of mites in 5 easy steps:
Remove clutter. This includes stacks of paper and laundry piles. Just as there are many different types of mites, there are also an assortment of places they can call home. You can find mites almost anywhere - in piles of newspapers and discarded papers, bedding, carpets, air ducts, dusty attics, even lampshades and dirty laundry. In fact, mites can be found virtually anywhere. That's why the first thing you should do to get rid of mites is declutter your house or office.
Treat all affected areas with Sterifab. After you declutter, disinfect the area to kill the mites and keep them away. Unfortunately, mites will not vanish of their own volition. Sterifab spray is one of the best ways to get rid of them, and you can use it on almost any surface.
Vacuum and dust regularly. Make cleaning a weekly affair and don't skip sofas, blinds and carpets. Vacuum as often as you can since mites can be quickly eradicated with a vacuum cleaner. Dust mites, particularly, can burrow into and cling to fabrics like carpets, furniture and even clothing. Vacuuming and washing fabrics should take care of the problem, but to get rid of mites completely you must do it regularly. Note that you should also dust as often as you vacuum! As their name suggests, dust mites just love . . . dust! So, make sure your house (or office) is as dust-free as possible. Wipe down all immobile objects, such as vases, CD collections, telephones, knick-knacks, picture frames, shelves, in fact anything that can gather dust. often. Hint: use a damp cloth or rag so you don’t simply lift the dust (and thus the mites) into the air. That’s a sure-fire way to get rid of mites.
Cover your bed, mattress and pillow with dust-proof covers. Unfortunately, your bed is probably where you’ll find the highest concentration of mites. Like the common bed bug, mites love to make their homes in mattress pads and pillows. You can protect yourself against mites by enclosing mattresses and pillows in dust-proof covers. This should prevent mites getting into your bed, and thwart the accumulation of dust mite waste. These dust-proof covers come in a variety of sizes and materials and can be purchased from a wide range of stores and online outlets. It really is a very cost-effective mite treatment when you think about it!
Wash all sheets and bedding in HOT water. As we said, dust mites are more likely to make their home in your bedding, but the fact is that you can find them in most fabrics. They are equal-opportunity interlopers, so best to wash household items like bedding, pillowcases, curtains, blankets, throws, coverlets and so on at every 1-2 weeks, in 130-140 degree hot water. Hot water is the best way to ensure that you kill mites, and should be a regular part of your mite prevention plan.
How to Prevent Future Mite Infestations
If you find that you have an on-going problem with mites and the mite treatments you’ve used thus far isn’t working, then it may be time to make some changes in your house. However, to make your dwelling truly uninhabitable to mites you might have to make some structural changes, and that can cost money. Still, it may be the only way to get rid of mites on a permanent basis!
If you find the problem is reoccurring, consider replacing carpets with wood or tile floors. In fact, if you suffer from dust mite allergies, you should consider removing as much fabric as possible. Take down long drapes and curtains, remove area rugs, and do without fabric wall hangings. You might also think about replacing all your bedding with synthetic materials. In other words, deny the mites their beloved habitats.
Of course, preventing mite infestations should an on-going concern, so remain vigilant and be ready-to-act immediately should those pesky mites return.