Dust Mites in Your Air Ducts

dust-mites   Dust mites in your air ducts are tiny critters that you usually can’t see without a microscope. These mites live where humans live because they feed on things such as flakes of skin human shed. They are a well-known cause of allergies and asthma around the world. They cause allergic reactions because their gut has digestive enzymes that are strong. These enzymes continue into their feces. When inhaled, they can cause allergy and asthma symptoms such as wheezing. It is common for dust mites to be found in areas such as mattresses and pillows. This makes sense because we know we shed skin as we sleep and move around in bed. When they build up, you inhale more and more chemicals as you sleep. This can cause pretty serious illness if not handled properly.

Dust mites can drastically affect the quality of the air inside your home. Your home is a perfect breeding ground for them. Humans and their pets shed many flakes of dead skin on a regular basis. Therefore, you give them a steady diet and there’s no need to move elsewhere. The truth is, a dust mite can’t even live in a place where no mammals live. You may be thinking that air ducts would have nothing to do with dust mites. That would be a wrong assumption. Your air ducts are the usual means for the excrement from the mites to circulate through your home. If someone in your home is experiencing allergic or asthma symptoms, cleaning your air ducts is imperative.

prevent-dust-mite-allergies   While it’s easy to tell if you have a bed bug infestation, having a dust mite infestation isn’t easily detected. Bed bugs will leave you itching with red welts on your body. Dust mites give no outward sign. Since you can’t see them, how do you fight them?

Getting rid of them completely is practically impossible, because they breed at a rapid pace. You kill one and there are already several to take its place. There are a few major steps you can take to help insure you keep your dust mite situation under control.

Here are a few of them:

  • Wash bedding frequently—Wash mattress covers, pillow cases/sheets, pillows, etc. on a regular basis.
  • Housecleaning—When you clean, take care. Use vacuums that have built in HEPA filters. These will help take away some of those dead skin flakes you leave behind. They also help remove dust mite excrement.
  • Replacements—If you have severe allergies to dust mites, replacing things like your carpet or curtains with hard-wood floors or blinds can help reduce dust mites.
  • Keep your air ducts clean—Last, but certainly not least, air duct cleaning is important. The more dust mite excrement builds up, the more it will circulate through your home through your air ducts. As it builds up in your ducts, it continuously circulates through your home over and over again. The more that builds up, the more you breathe in. Even the thought of that can be absolutely disgusting! Cleaning those ducts is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce dust mite excrement from flowing through your air in your home. If you clean them on a regular basis, it can be a key factor to reducing the amounts of dust mite allergens flowing through your home. It makes common sense…if you don’t have buildup in your ducts, you can’t have increased allergens in the air of your home.
  • Use special Antimicrobial air filters to reduce allergy reaction cased by dust mites in your air ducts

Dust mites are nothing to play around with, especially where allergies and asthma are an issue. Everyone should clean their ducts regularly. If you have severe medical issues, you may need to do it more often to keep your family safe and healthy. Along with the service WellDuct offers ultraviolet light installation for better treatment of your air.