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Dust accumulates quickly in the house, even if the owner of the apartment regularly cleans and keeps it clean. A few days after cleaning, tiny dust particles appear and settle on various surfaces: on wooden furniture, on cotton pillowcases and bed linen, as well as on mattresses. Even the air always contains dust. Fighting dust becomes an integral part of everyday life, but during this time dust mites feel right at home.

These microscopic insects prefer to live in house dust, as it creates convenient living and feeding conditions for them. Ticks live close to humans because they provide the insects with the necessary resources. How? Dead skin cells from humans mix with dust and serve as a food source for these mites.

Dust mites: general information

Dust mites are tiny parasitic insects ranging in size from 0,1 mm to 0,3 mm. They feed on insects, dust particles, keratinized human skin cells and plant debris. The life cycle of these pests is on average 80 days, during which a female tick can lay up to 70 eggs. There are usually from 10 to 2000 mites per gram of dust.

The room may be infested with various types of mites:

  1. Scabies mites: Prefers moist and warm conditions. These parasites multiply on human skin and cause a disease known as scabies.
  2. Chicken mites: They live in chicken coops and on chickens. If they come into contact with a person, they can cause severe itching of the skin.
  3. Rat ticks: Most of these parasites live on rodents in rural and rural areas, but can spread to humans.
  4. Hairy mites: They can appear in food products and actively reproduce at a temperature of +25°C. They can cause skin problems, including inflammation.
  5. Dust mites: They feed on dust and human skin cells. They do not bite people, but can cause allergic reactions in people living in the apartment, including asthma, itching and skin inflammation. The number of mites on a surface can reach several thousand, so it is important to regularly keep the air, floors, furniture and other items in the house clean.

Where do dust mites live?

Parasites are not limited to certain countries; Various types of insects can be found everywhere. Ideal conditions for their existence are air temperatures from +18°C to +25°C and high humidity.

Dust mites most often live in the following places:

  • Upholstered furniture;
  • Bed dress;
  • Pillows;

  • Stuffed Toys;
  • Carpets with long pile;
  • Seams of mattresses.

A person can bring ticks from the street. Due to the structure of their legs, they easily cling to clothing and wait for the opportunity to unhook. Given suitable humidity and temperature conditions, they begin to multiply quickly. When the number of mites becomes large enough, they can cause an allergic reaction in humans.

Danger of dust mites

Living near dust mites often causes allergic reactions or worsens existing allergies. This is due to the influence of specific enzyme proteins contained in tick waste products. When these allergens get on the skin, they cause inflammation and irritation, which creates favorable conditions for the proliferation of parasites. The human immune system recognizes and reacts to these enzymes, resulting in allergic symptoms.

Allergy symptoms may include:

  • Itching, redness and inflammation of the skin;
  • Nasal congestion;
  • Runny nose;
  • Frequent sneezing;
  • Dermatitis;
  • Conjunctivitis;
  • Quincke's edema;
  • Asthma.

Simple antihistamines can relieve symptoms, but are not enough to completely relieve allergies. It is important to stop the process of tick reproduction and thoroughly clean the room of them. We strongly recommend contacting the Marafet sanitary service, which will quickly and professionally treat your apartment, observing all the necessary standards. A professional treatment will help eliminate not only dust mites, but also bedbugs, cockroaches and other pests, ensuring a healthy and safe environment in your home.

Methods to combat dust mites

Dust mites can be killed in a variety of ways. None of these guarantee the complete disappearance of these insects, but they may help reduce their numbers or repel pests.

Emergency Measures

If you believe there are dust mites in your home, take the following steps:

  1. Carry out a wet cleaning, wipe off the dust and clean the carpets.
  2. Dry the room, ensuring good ventilation.
  3. Remove bedding, curtains, tulle and drapes and wash them at high temperature.
  4. Vacuum the entire apartment. If your vacuum cleaner is equipped with a HEPA filter, the amount of dust emitted will be significantly less.
  5. Get rid of old pillows, blankets and stuffed animals.
  6. Clean sofas, beds, armchairs and other upholstered items.
  7. Replace pillows and blankets with natural fillings with synthetic options.

Home remedies

To quickly respond to the presence of dust mites, you can prepare one of the following solutions that have a negative effect on these parasites.

Dust mites do not like the following folk remedies:

  1. Salt solution: Use it to decorate your bedroom, kitchen and other rooms. To prepare the solution, take 200 g of salt and dissolve it in 1 liter of water.
  2. Ammonia solution: Use with caution as the vapors from this substance are harmful to children and pregnant women. Mix water, ammonia and ammonia in equal proportions. Treat floor coverings and all furniture in the room with this solution.
  3. Solutions with oils: The antiseptic properties of vegetable oils will help get rid of dust and clean bedding. To prepare the solution, add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to 1 liter of water.


Professional chemical treatment is the most effective method of controlling dust mites. Entrust this task to experienced pest control specialists.

How to prevent dust mites from appearing in your apartment?

After treatment has been completed, it is extremely important to take steps to prevent dust mites from reappearing in your home. Therefore, we strongly recommend carefully monitoring the condition of the premises and taking preventive measures:

  1. Maintain low humidity. Dust mites have difficulty surviving in dry climates.
  2. Change bedding regularly and wash it at high temperatures (60°C or higher). High temperatures destroy ticks and their eggs.
  3. Choose bedding made from synthetic materials. Natural pillows and blankets can attract ticks, so it is better to give preference to synthetic options.
  4. Wash soft toys regularly and keep them clean. Stuffed animals are often ideal hiding places for dust mites.
  5. Avoid deep-pile carpets, fluffy curtains, and other textiles that may harbor ticks. Preference should be given to materials that are easy to clean and process.
  6. Ventilate the room regularly. Frequent ventilation helps maintain fresh air and reduces humidity, making living conditions less suitable for dust mites.

Can ticks live in your bed?


What signs indicate the presence of dust mites in a room?

If you experience itching, rashes, inflammation, nasal congestion, sneezing, then most likely dust mites live in your apartment.

What could be the causes of dust mites?

Ticks can enter a room from the street due to high humidity or pollution. Even a few individuals can provoke their active reproduction. In addition, mites can come from animal hair, a recently purchased sofa, carpet, bedding, and so on.

How to get rid of dust mites in bed?

If the number of ticks has reached a thousand individuals, it is recommended to contact the sanitary service, who will thoroughly clean the room. For prevention, you can use various solutions with salt and plant oil, which need to be treated throughout the entire house several times a year. Ticks can also be destroyed by washing at high temperatures or emergency freezing.

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