Bed bugs and Dust Mites are often confused, and understandably so, but they are actually very different.
Bed bugs are a 6 legged parasite with antennae -- Dust mites have eight legs like spiders and have no antennae. Bed bugs can easily been seen to the naked eye but dust mites are smaller and feed on dead skin rather than blood.
In general most people aren't bothered by mites but...
If you are experiencing
Watery itchy eyes
Stuffy or runny nose
Your symptoms are worse when in bed or upon waking
You are probably suffering from an allergic reaction to dust mites!
If you are feeling itchy and have actual bug bites, bed bugs might be to blame.
Grab a flash light and turn out the lights
Check behind your head board and the wall
Check base boards behind your bed
Pull back your sheets and check the seams of your mattress
Look in between the mattress and box spring
Even check electrical outlets and telephone jacks
If you find bed bugs or the red blood spots they leave behind consider purchasing a new bed set. Bed bugs breed fast and although easily preventable can be very difficult, if not nearly impossible to eliminate.
Check out this video we found on You Tube of about bed bugs...Yikes!
Prevention is Key
The best thing you can do for your health where your bedding is concerned is to protect it with encasements.
This will keep your bed protected from dust mites because your mattress, pillows, duvets, and feather beds will remain much cleaner.
They will be protected from accidents and spills, your sweat and dead skin will stay away from the actually bedding and are understandably much easier to clean!
CONTROL DUST AND KEEP GOOSE DOWN DUST MITES AWAY
Never eat in bed.
Shower and exfoliate daily before bed.
Cover you mattress and bedding with protective covers. Even the inexpensive vinyl covers will do the trick.
Open windows often to air out rooms.
Control humidity between 40 – 50 % with a dehumidifier or air conditioner.
Clean linens weekly at a temperature of more than55 degrees celcius (130 F) --Dry cleaning will not kill mites.
Sort clutter in the room to make it easy to clean.
Dust and vacuum weekly.
Use blinds instead of drapes for your windows.
Avoid using bed skirts.
Keep stuffed toys to a minimum and off the bed.
Remove carpeting from the bedrooms.
Inspect hotel beds and keep your clothes off the bed & floors.
When returning from travels launder all you clothing.
You can also put your pillows in a plastic bag and freeze them to kill any suspected mites
If you are looking to have your bedding cleaned rather than purchasing a new mattress set Hygienitech.com has a state of the art dry system to clean and rid your mattress of dust mites!
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