If I was to start talking about creepy crawlies from the Arachnid family in your home, my guess is your thoughts would turn to spiders. Whilst you might be correct, I was actually referring to mites. These minute bugs are also arachnids, but are very different to spiders. Dust mites lives in homes up and down the country, their favourite hide out is somewhere they can feed, usually carpets or upholstery.
There is no need to be afraid of dust mites, they do not bite, but they can cause harm in a different way. The symptoms of asthma can worsen if living in an environment with dust mites, and they are also responsible for many allergic reactions.
When the dust mite produces faeces it contains a certain type of protein which has been found to cause allergies and worsen symptoms of asthma. Common symptoms of an allergic reaction are sneezing, watering eyes, and a runny nose, not too dissimilar from hayfever.
It is foolish to think that your home is clean and tidy and no mites live anywhere near your sofa, bed, or carpets. If you do believe this, you might be surprised to hear that approximately 100,000 of the little critters live in one square yard of carpet.
Now, don’t rush to the shops for insecticides and a variety of carpet shampoos as these are unable to remove mites from your carpet. The only real way to completely remove them is with professional steam cleaning.
If you hire a carpet cleaning company to come to your home to perform a thorough steam cleaning, your carpets will be rid of the dust mites. However, this is not a long term solution, the mites will always return. In order to keep on top of the level of mites in your home, and clean up the atmosphere for those with allergies or asthma, it is important that you obtain steam carpet cleaning every 6-12 months.
By frequently cleaning your carpets, they will not only be free from the dust mites themselves, but also dead skin cells, dirt, germs and other pollutants. Having a clean carpet will not attract the dust mite as there will not be a regular supply of food.
When searching for a carpet cleaning company, make sure you hire a steam cleaner, as dry cleaning and other methods are unable to eliminate mites, or keep your carpets clean enough to prevent them returning.