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    Default Dust Mites

    When I was little mum always aired out all clothing and duvets and pillows every now and then under the sunlight. I never really knew why. After reading an article tonight I realized that it's dust mites she was preventing. (Should've just asked her but wasn't curious enough)
    But apparently sunlight alone doesn't really work nor does simple washing your beddings.
    How often do you buy new pillows, duvets and attempt to dust mite control precedes around the house? And what do you do if you do?

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    We line dry all our clothes and linen so they get lots of sunlight. I've never put the actual pillows outside though. We had dust mites once - dh and I were both covered in spots from a reaction to them! We set off a bug bomb to get rid of them initially, but the best thing I found to keep them from coming back was dusting with a damp cloth.

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    I don't really do anything special (maybe I should be though?!?). Our pillows and doonas are aired regularly in the warmer weather and we dry clean our doonas each year.

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    Nothing special. Wash and line dry every so often. I used to have a massive dust mite allergy-the doctor was a bit horrified by the skin reaction. After that, we put a mattress protector on, it zips over the whole thing, I like to call it my bed condom. I buy treated pillows and replace them regularly. Having said that, I had three years of immunotherapy to build my resistance and it worked brilliantly. I don't spend most of my morning sneezing, I can leave the house without tissues and I cleaned out a cupboard the other day without even one sneeze! I still work to keep them under control, though.

    I'm not sure about the PP who says she only had them once. As in understood it, they're in every house all the time, I don't think they're something you can get rid of with bug spray.

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    I have dust mite protectors on all our mattresses and pillows (I am highly allergic to dust mites) and I have a thin doona and blankets that I wash every 4 weeks. I cannot have duck feather doonas or pillows at all, just the cheapy synthetic ones that fit easily in the washing machine. Eucalypt oil in the wash kills dust mites and drying in the sunshine is also a good way to get rid of the little critters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nattherat View Post

    I'm not sure about the PP who says she only had them once. As in understood it, they're in every house all the time, I don't think they're something you can get rid of with bug spray.

    I suspect the PP meant bed bugs, rather than dust mites.

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    I thought maybe they were bed bugs at first too but no, they were definitely dust mites - I'm sure they are always around in smaller numbers but we had never had issues with them until maybe 6 months ago dh started getting what appeared to be bites under his arms and inner thighs. The gp had no idea and sent him to a skin specialist who said it wasn't bites but an allergic reaction to dust mites. Washing and airing the linen just wouldn't get rid of them but the bug bomb we bought said it was effective for dust mites on the box so we set it off, washed the linen once more and dusted with a damp cloth we've had no problems since. I'm sure they are not completely gone, but they are back within tolerable levels so I'm happy!

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    I think the reaction is to the droppings mainly, so killing them will only work if you then do all the washing things. If you washed everything thoroughly after, then you would have been fine, if you had just done the bug bomb, you wouldn't have gotten rid of the actual allergen. With the second step, what you said makes sense. Had you just killed them without cleaning after, it wouldn't have made a difference. I'd assume they were hive type things rather than bites in the end?

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    Yeah exactly. Just washing initially didn't solve the problem because the mites would just leave more droppings, but the bomb and then washing did the trick. We've never had hives so not sure but they looked really similar to mosquito bites just confined to underarms and groin so totally random places to be bitten by mosquitoes!

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    Bit of a long shot as it's an old thread...but I'm desperate. Excuse the rant, I'm a bit *****y.

    A few days ago I got a parcel from my sis of clothes and second hand toys (bub is due march next year). This is lovely except they weren't washed and were riddled with dust mites. I didn't realise until the next day sitting on couch and felt them. I texted and asked her and she said "oh yeh forgot to say you have to wash them" !!!! I feel so cranky she sent them at all, but at the least she could have told me!

    Now I've had issues big issues with them before, I'm asthmatic and super sensitive. I was so glad when we moved to Perth and haven't had probs for 3 years. But now they're back. Yesterday I stripped all the linen couch covers everything I could find and am in the process of washing it all with eucalyptus oil. I have also vacuumed with HEMA filter and moped with euc and tea tree oil/hot water. But today sitting on the couch, with clean covers back on, I can still feel them!!!

    What else can I do? Is it safe to use a bomb being prego? Hubby doesn't feel them so I feel like I'm going crazy but I also know they're there.

    We have wooden floors in all bar our bedroom. I'm going to completely empty it on the weekend and steam clean the floors.

    TIA from a tired and cranky mama!


 

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