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Mites in your business: Risks and solutions


Mites

Mites are literally everywhere, which means they can be a problem almost anywhere. Most people are primarily concerned with having a smart and effective mite treatment plan for their homes, but sites of commercial activity face just as much risk, and possibly worse consequences.


From grey mites to spider mites and countless other species in between, mites in your business can cause health problems, damage your reputation and lead to financial loss.


Is your business at risk?

Nearly every place of business has the potential to face a crippling mite problem, because mites are ubiquitous. Whether you have a large factory, manage a small business, or work from home, mites can find you.


While every place of business is at risk, these are the industries most likely to experience significant harm from a mite infestation:


  • Hospitality: Hotels, resorts and accommodations are highly susceptible to mite infestations due to the abundance of soft furnishings such as drapes, mattresses, pillows and upholstery. The hospitality industry's commitment to maintaining clean and comfortable environments makes effective mite control crucial to ensure guest satisfaction and prevent revenue loss.

  • Food and beverage: Mites can contaminate stored food products, leading to spoilage, hygiene issues and potential health risks for consumers. In this industry, a mite infestation can quickly mean financial losses, compliance violations and damage to your establishment's reputation.

  • Retail: Retail stores, particularly those selling textiles, clothing and fabrics, are prime targets for mite infestations. Mites can feed on and damage stored inventory, leading to financial losses and diminished product quality.


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What you need to know about mites

Understanding some basic facts about mites is crucial when dealing with an infestation in your business. Here are a few important points to keep in mind:

  • Mite diversity: Mites belong to the arachnid family and are incredibly diverse, with thousands of species found worldwide. Most are microscopic in size and can’t be detected without magnification. Infestations are usually caused by dust mites, bird mites, grey mites, rodent mites or stored product mites.

  • Allergies and health risks: Mite infestations can pose health risks, primarily due to their allergenic properties. Mites produce allergens that are found in their waste droppings and shed skins; these can trigger allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. Common symptoms include sneezing, coughing, itchy or watery eyes, skin rashes, and respiratory problems.

  • Ideal living conditions: Mites thrive in warm and humid surroundings, making areas like bedrooms, living rooms, and storage spaces prone to infestations.


How to eliminate the mite infestation in your business

Getting rid of the mites in your business can be a tricky proposition due to their microscopic size, but there are steps you can take to fight back and minimize damage and profit loss.

  1. Identify the source and infested areas: Carefully inspect your surroundings to identify the source of the mite infestation and the areas that are most affected. Look for signs such as visible mites, skin irritation, damaged materials, or presence of nests or habitats.

  2. Clean and declutter: Start by thoroughly cleaning and decluttering the infested areas. Vacuum carpets, upholstery, mattresses, and other soft furnishings to remove mites, their eggs and debris. Pay special attention to cracks, crevices, and hidden corners where mites can hide.

  3. Reduce humidity and ventilate: Mites thrive in humid environments, so it's crucial to control humidity levels. Use dehumidifiers or air conditioners to maintain humidity below 50%, creating unfavorable conditions for mite growth. Improve ventilation by opening windows and using fans to increase airflow.

  4. Utilize mite control measures: Treat infected areas with Sterifab and let dry. Sterifab is non-residual and can be sprayed on almost any surface and is also effective against viruses and bacteria.

  5. Prevent future infestations: To prevent mite reinfestation, take proactive measures like regular cleaning, encasing bedding with allergen-proof covers, reducing clutter and laundering bedding, curtains and fabrics regularly in hot water to kill any mites or eggs present.


Want to learn more about mites?

Check out the official Sterifab Guide to Mites.


Considering the risk that mite infestations can pose to your business, it is essential to be vigilant. No business is free from risk. Regular monitoring, proper hygiene practices and timely intervention are vital for all businesses to mitigate the risks associated with mite infestations.


If you’re ready to arm yourself against the harm that could be caused by mite infestations, use what the pros use to combat mites, ticks, bed bugs and more. It’s non-residual and EPA-approved!



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