In a recent article in the Birmingham Science News Examiner, Dr. Brooke Bennis, D.O., Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, shared tips for outsmarting dust mites this fall.
Bennis suggests preparing the bedroom first, since more mites can be found here than anywhere else in your home. Here are her top three suggestions for fighting dust mites at home:
- Cover mattresses and pillows with dust mite proof bedding. An example of this is the Protect-A-Bed’s AllerZip®® Smooth Mattress Encasement. The patented BugLock®, three-sided zipper and AllerZip seal offer complete protection against dust mites, allergens and bed bugs.
- Wash sheets and blankets weekly in hot water. Temperatures of at least 130 degrees are needed to eliminate dust mites.
- If possible, remove carpets in your bedroom (and the rest of your home).
- If you’re unable to remove carpet, or just don’t desire hardwood floors throughout your home, select short, tight-pile carpet.