How to get rid of mites in the home

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How to get rid of mites in the home
Most household mites are too small to see with the naked eye. (Samtmilbe image by Pepie from Fotolia.com)

More than ten different types of mites exist throughout the world, from mites that live parasitically on chickens, to mites that live only on plants and vegetables. Of those more than ten types, four main types of mites migrate into and reside in homes, feeding on pantries, pets and humans. You do not have to pack up and leave, you would just take the mites with you, as they commonly reside on your furniture and bedding. Instead of moving, you can take simple measures to get rid of and prevent mites from returning to your home.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Vacuum
  • Dusting cloth
  • Old sock
  • Air purification system
  • Washing machine
  • Garbage bags
  • Mite-proof pillow covers
  • Mite-proof bedding

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Vacuum your home and furniture regularly. Try to vacuum at least once per week to remove dust and other types of mites living in the carpeting and on the furniture in your home. You may also pass the vacuum over slick floors, curtains and over bedding to capture microscopic mites residing in these locations.

  2. 2

    Dust your home regularly to eliminate dust mites living on figurines and books you have not moved in months. Use a dusting cloth that collects and traps the dust so that you do not recirculate the dust into the air. If you cannot find such a dusting cloth, dampen an old but clean sock you do not care to discard later.

  3. 3

    Install an air purification system or place single units in each room of your home. These systems will catch mites travelling through the air and prevent them from getting on your body, your bedding or your pets. Clean the system or unit at least once per month to kill any mites living on the filter.

  4. 4

    Clean your bedding at least once per week. Wash bedding in hot water, as temperatures above 60 degrees Celsius kills all types of mites. If you have bedding you cannot wash in a washing machine, place the bedding in a garbage bag inside a freezer and allow the bedding to set for several hours so the low temperatures will kill mites.

  5. 5

    Replace pillows on both your bed and furniture. While you should always keep these items covered and wash the covers frequently, mites will make their way into the pillows and create small colonies. Replace the pillows often or wash them in hot temperatures as well.

  6. 6

    Place mite-proof covers on your bedding pillows to prevent the mites from infesting your pillow and bed. You may also want to place a mite-proof sheet over your mattress.

  7. 7

    Seek medical treatment for skin problems resulting from itch or scabies mites. While natural remedies recommend the use of sulphur, many people may have allergies to sulphur and sulfa drugs that could result in more adverse reactions so seek medical treatment for problems with itch mites.

Tips and warnings

  • Repeat these cleaning tips regularly to get rid of and prevent all types of mites from infesting your home.

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