Mites can survive for a long time, so it is advisable to wash seasonal change clothes, as well as duvets and the like, before using them
Mites are microscopic organisms that live on fabrics or similar surfaces. They are not considered insects as such, but arthropods. In fact, they are considered to be “close cousins” of ticks and arachnids.
Beyond its definition, we know that they accumulate mainly in the bedroom (mattresses and pillows are their favorite homes) and can cause allergies and illnesses. Therefore in this article we will tell you how to reduce them.
What are mites?
As we already mentioned, mites are a subclass of arachnids and do not measure more than a few millimeters in length. They have diverse habitats and have colonized terrestrial and marine environments, and even extreme sites such as deserts, high mountains, and hot springs.
Many mites feed on moss, leaves, ferns, stems, and flowers, others live off crops (pests).
Some cause allergies in people and others are parasites of animals. In the first case it is due to excrement and dead specimens (which we do not see, but which accumulate at home).
Dust mites can be in any environment and can be inhaled inadvertently, triggering a perennial allergy or asthma. This type abounds in mattresses, blankets, sheets, pillows and sofas and can live up to 3 months. In that period they can lay up to one hundred eggs.
The most favorable times for reproduction are autumn and spring. Among the symptoms of allergy to dust mites we can find:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Redness of the skin
- Watery and itchy eyes
- Sneezing (especially in the morning)
How to reduce mites at home
Due to their tiny size and they can be present in any place that we usually use, such as the bed or the sofa, many times we do not realize that they have taken over our room or room until the first symptoms begin. Therefore, cleaning is essential for the prevention of allergies or asthma caused by this organism.
Some tips that may be helpful are as follows.
1. Change the bedding regularly
Mites mainly feed on dust and dead skin. When we sleep we release particles so that these microorganisms can feast on. Therefore, try to change sheets and blankets every one to two weeks.