When you get into bed does your skin start to itch? Do you have breathing problems that get worse while you sleep? If so, perhaps these problems can be caused by the presence of dust mites in your mattress.
Although talking about mites may seem alarming, you should not worry too much because they have a solution and in this post we are going to reveal everything you need to know about them so you can keep them at bay.
What are mites and why do they affect our health?
Mites are microscopic insects belonging to the arachnid family that find their perfect habitat in dust, so it is common for them to proliferate in sheets, pillows, carpets, curtains, soft furnishings, stuffed animals and mattresses.
What you should really worry about these insects is that, although they are not allergenic by themselves, their feces carry a protein that can cause health problems such as allergic reactions, rhinitis, asthma, rashes and eczema on the skin.
Given this, eradicating mites from our homes becomes a necessity and, to achieve this, it is essential to carry out a thorough cleaning of the areas where they live.
How to know if there are mites in your bed?
Although mites are not visible to the human eye, it is estimated that more than two million of these insects can inhabit a mattress.
We must bear in mind that this species finds favorable living conditions inside the mattress, since the heat and humidity of our own perspiration and the peeling of the skin provide them with the source of heat and food they need for their development. .
To detect the presence of a large colony of mites in your mattress, it is necessary to observe if you suffer from any of the allergic symptoms that we have described above, either while you stay in bed or when you get up in the morning.
Tips and techniques to eliminate dust mites
Mites are insects that live with humans and completely eliminating them from our environment is an impossible task.
To reduce the number of mites in our bed, the most important thing is prevention and cleaning. But if you are already sleeping with your enemies, there are solutions to combat them.
All you have to do is take some specific steps. Nowadays, different acaricidal products suitable for mattresses and pillows are marketed and with which you only have to follow the instructions for use provided by the manufacturer. But here you will find some tricks and homemade techniques to achieve it.
Homemade anti-mite spray
This homemade spray is very easy to make and stands out for its great effectiveness.
To prepare this homemade anti-mite you will need:
- 96º alcohol: 1/2 cup
- Distilled water: 1/2 cup
- Essential oil of lemon or eucalyptus: 30 drops
Pour all the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake very well until all the ingredients are perfectly mixed.
eye! To use this spray, open all the windows wide and spray the mattress on both sides.
You should let the mattress dry completely before placing it on the bed.
For greater effectiveness, it is recommended to carry out this cleaning every two months.
Mix 150 g baking soda with any essential oil (about 10 drops). Due to its disinfectant properties, our recommendation is that you use tea tree essential oil.
In a well ventilated and sunny place, spread it on both sides of the mattress.
Let the product act for a couple of hours and vacuum to remove the remains of baking soda and annoying insects.
You should do this cleaning at least once a month.
Anise, clove and lavender
With these ingredients we can prepare a powerful ecological disinfectant that, in addition to removing dust, will leave a pleasant aroma in the room where it is applied.
To prepare it you need:
- 250 ml of water
- 20 grams of anise (2 tablespoons)
- 10 grams of cloves (1 tablespoon)
- 30 grams of lavender flowers (3 tablespoons)
Put all the ingredients in a pot and let them boil for about 4-5 minutes. After this time, cover the pot and wait for the solution obtained to cool down.
Strain it and put it in a bottle with a spray bottle.
Now you just have to apply the solution on the mattress and wait for it to be completely dry before making the bed.
Ideally, you should do this technique once a week.
How to prevent mites in bed
Prevention is the best tool to prevent these insects from taking over your mattress. The following cleaning tips will allow you to alter the favorable conditions for its development:
Ventilate every morning. It allows to oxygenate the room and eliminate the stale air that has been created during the night. This simple action not only facilitates the expulsion of dust particles, it also helps to eliminate mites, since having controlled environmental humidity prevents their appearance.
When you get up, allow at least an hour to pass before making the bed. In this way it is properly ventilated, controlling the humidity and the heat that is concentrated in it throughout the night.
Changing the sheets at least once a week will also allow you to control the reproduction of these insects. If we take into account that the dead skin that we shed during the night is the food of the mites, by depriving them of it, you will be contributing to their eradication. Do it, especially if you sleep naked on a regular basis.
Use protectors for the mattress and pillows. These elements can be very useful to keep the number of mites at bay, since they serve as a barrier between the body and the mattress and prevent body heat and humidity from concentrating on it.
One of the most effective preventive measures is to keep the rest area very clean. We have already seen that these little bugs live in any place where dust is concentrated and can easily get into the bed. Cleaning the room with a vacuum cleaner or, failing that, with a damp cloth, will help prevent them from spreading through the air.
Dust mite allergy symptoms
The allergy caused by dust mites can be mild or intense. In mild cases, the most common symptoms are:
- Crying eyes
- occasional sneezes
- Occasional runny nose
On the other hand, when we talk about severe allergy, the symptoms can become chronic and usually appear in the form of:
- constant sneezing
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pain and pressure
Before the appearance of some of the symptoms mentioned, taking certain preventive measures to reduce the number of mites in our homes can help control allergies.
Although in cases of severe reactions, we recommend consulting the situation with a doctor in case the administration of medications or other treatments to relieve symptoms is necessary.
If we start from the basis that dust mites are impossible to eliminate 100% from our homes, we can conclude that prevention is the best measure to control their development and proliferation.
In the event that you already have a reaction to the mites, you should not worry. Acquiring a daily cleaning routine and putting into practice any of the homemade solutions that we have offered you will be more than enough to control these annoying and unwanted insects.