Dust mites. The tiny little bugs that reside in bed linen, carpets, or any upholstered furnishings and love to eat dead skin cells. Dust mite infestations are found in 4 out of 5 American homes and they can trigger an abundance of allergy or asthma-related health issues, along with some skin reactions.
Some signs you may have a dust mite infestation include sneezing, runny nose, red, itchy, or watery eyes, blockage, itchy nose, throat, or roof of the mouth, cough, facial pressure or pain, and inflamed, blue skin located under the eyes. Individuals who have asthma will experience trouble breathing, chest discomfort, wheezing, difficulty sleeping, and an increased susceptibility to colds.
Vacuuming and regularly cleaning sheets are an excellent way to keep dust mites from the home, but some items like throw pillows and mattresses are not so quickly cleaned up. Also, if your vacuum does not have a hepa filter, the majority of the dust mites will end up back where they began.
One great way to kill and drive away dust mites is to exterminate them with an eucalyptus oil based spray.
Eucalyptus Dust Mite-Killing spray:
2 cups pure water
15-30 drops eucalyptus oil
Spray down all products that can not be washed.
Hang them up to dry in a warm, dry location. (Humidity should be prevented as it will aid the growth of mold spores).
Repeat 3 times a week to get rid of all dust mites.
Studies have shown eucalyptus and other essential oils to be reliable in fighting dust mite infestation, but the science behind it is still uncertain. Generally, eucalyptus oil will eliminate your dust mite problem with no damage to you.
Regrettably, eucalyptus essential oil is not safe for kids under the age of 10. However, there are other oils that are safe and will also get rid of dust mites, such as clove and fennel oils, and they are safe for usage with children over the age of 2.
Take a look at the process in the video below!
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