Dust mites live in our carpets by the millions and are a major cause of allergies and asthma. The dust mites don’t bite or sting us, but we can be, and many people are allergic to the allergens that are put into the air by their fecal matter and body fragments after they die. If they are in the carpets for any length of time, their allergenic parts are spread into the air as we walk, and the live ones have a better chance of getting into our beds and furniture.
The dust mites like to eat the dead skin of people and animals, called dander. In places where there is furniture and carpeting, they tend to congregate. The average human sheds about 1 third of an ounce of dead skin in a week’s time, which can feed a lot of dust mites. Our household pets add to the feast time of these little creatures. They are in the carpets, and as we walk on the carpet, they are stirred up. They will also migrate to our furniture, beds and pillows where they can cause allergic reactions and heighten the condition of asthma for people who have that condition.
It is important to clean your carpets regularly, because this is the natural place for dust to accumulate and there are millions of dust mites there. Steam cleaning your carpets will kill them, but if you vacuum the carpet on a weekly basis it will help to keep the population down as well as removing their droppings and body parts.
There are vacuum cleaners that are make to kill dust mites, fleas, and their eggs with a UV light. It takes a steady diet of cleaning and every 3 to 6 months steaming the carpet to kill the dust mites in your carpet.