These terrifying beings look like creatures from another planet. On the contrary, these creepy crawlers are found in homes all across the nation and are probably living around you now. This animation, by Sciepro Science Productions, shows house dust mites moving about and feeding on human detritus, which is organic matter like dead skin cells. Frightening isn’t it? These microscopic organisms are practically invisible by the naked eye. However, they can thrive in homes, most notably in frequently used rooms such as bedrooms or living rooms. Measuring at only a quarter of a millimeter in length, these unwelcome guests have a large presence and can have a disastrous effect on your health.

These dust mites can serve as a major trigger for asthma and other allergy conditions. They are one of the most common allergens next to pollen and animal or pet dander. You can find them crawling through your mattresses, upholstered furniture, clothing, towels, drapes, and carpets. Even the cutest and cuddliest of stuffed animals can be riddled with these pesky creatures.

There are multiple ways in which you can minimize your family’s exposure to these despicable dust mites. Once you minimize your exposure, you will be able to significantly diminish the allergy symptoms you experience. Many families find that they can greatly reduce or entirely eliminate their dependence on allergy medication by taking these simple steps to avoid dust mite exposure.

Keep the humidity in your home low, below 50% if possible. A dehumidifier will greatly help. Ensure that you vacuum regularly your carpeting and upholstered furniture. Use a vacuum that contains a double-layered micro filter bag or a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to help decrease house-dust emissions. Hiring a professional furniture service company to clean the fabric of your carpet or upholstered furniture can ensure that this problem is handled correctly and thoroughly.

If you are still feeling uncomfortable, consider reupholstering a couch in the area you use most in the house. When you reupholster the couch, consider contacting a professional to ensure that they not only properly upholster the fabric but also replace all batting, lining and foam within your sofa. Once you renew your old furniture, do our best to keep the area clean and comfortable. Cut the clutter in your house. If there are no areas where dust can gather, dust mites will have no place to roam freely. Clean this area once a week to keep the dust mites away and your allergy symptoms at bay.

Don’t let these unwanted guests stay! If you ignore this issue, you will continue to experience symptoms. In fact the effects may increase and trigger a great amount of discomfort. Save money on allergy medication and severe stress by tackling this dust mite dilemma head on. Seize the opportunity to keep your home and your family safe and comfortable. You and your family should feel comfortable in your home, not miserable and unhappy. Remember, do not hesitate to call a professional. Your home deserves the best care possible.