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How do you get rid of dust mites?

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Get rid of dust mites by reducing humidity in the home, vacuuming regularly, washing and encasing bedding, controlling dust, and freezing items that cannot be cleaned. Although chemical acaricides are available, they are expensive and inefficient.

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  1. Reduce humidity

    Because dust mites thrive in moist conditions, reduce humidity in the home by using an air conditioner or dehumidifier. Do not use fans, which scatter dust. Remove plants and fish tanks from living areas.

  2. Vacuum and clean floors regularly

    Vacuum carpeting and furniture using a high efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, vacuum filter. Occasionally steam clean carpets. Wipe down hard flooring daily with a damp mop.

  3. Control dust

    Because dust mites live in dust, reducing the amount of dust in a home helps control dust mites. Replace wall-to-wall carpeting with washable throw rugs, and replace heavy drapes with roll-up window shades. Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in air-tight covers. Wipe surfaces such as tables and counter tops daily with a dry cloth.

  4. Wash bedding

    Wash pillowcases, sheets, mattress covers and other bedding in hot water once or twice a week.

  5. Freeze items that cannot be washed

    Freeze stuffed animals and other dust-collecting items that may become damaged by washing for at least 24 hours to kill all the resident dust mites.

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