Welcome to my site about pest control. I'm Miranda Maloney. Although many people fuss loudly about the presence of spiders in the home, these creatures often clear out the bugs that cause far worse problems. Spiders consume beetles, cockroaches, moths and other pests that wreak havoc throughout the house. Thankfully, however, you can hire a pest control professional to eliminate bugs in your home if you do not want to co-habitate with spiders. In fact, pest control professionals can eliminate the spiders as well. I will share information about pest control tactics, both natural and commercial, on this site. Please follow along to learn more.
Dust mites are a common household pest that, like their name would suggest, find their food from dust and dead skin cells in your home. Dust mites can cause all sorts of health problems, most notably allergy flare ups, and can quickly grow from a population of just a few into a full blown infestation if left unchecked. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to keep your home's dust mite population at a bare minimum.
The easiest thing that you can do to keep dust mites in check is to clean up your home every week or so. General dusting, mopping, sweeping and other cleaning routines can remove dust and the dust mites that feed on it. Be sure to pay particular attention to soft items, like upholstered furniture and carpeting, as these types of surfaces tend to hold onto more dust and debris than smooth untextured surfaces, providing an ideal environment for dust mites to breed. Vacuuming and steam cleaning tend to be the most effective methods to eliminating dust mites in your home.
Install a Dehumidifier
Dust mites thrive on dust, but they also require a relatively high level of humidity in order to reproduce. Installing either a whole house dehumidifier or a dehumidifier in a particularly dusty part of your home can kill off large amounts of dust mites; dropping humidity levels in the air will cause their bodies to dry up. Furthermore, most dehumidifiers come with an air filter, which can help trap additional dust and improve the overall air quality of the room that they are installed in, further reducing the amount of dust mites in your home.
Change Your Air Filters
Another good way to reduce the overall amount of dust and other airborne debris in your home is to check and replace your central air conditioner's or your furnace's air filters. These air filters work to keep the air moving throughout your home's ductwork allergen free. Having a clean filter means that your home's air quality will improve, and your dust mite population will plummet.
These filters can be removed from your central heating or cooling unit by hand, usually – check your owner's manual for specific instructions. Bring the dirty filter into a hardware store with you to match it to a replacement filter, and then simply slide that replacement back into the casing and lock it into place.
For more tips on preventing dust mites, contact a home pest control company.