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dust mites carpet cleaning. Dust mites and other pests are permanent residents of all homes and offices. Mites present health risks such as hay fever, asthma, eczema and may accelerate other associated diseases. Call on Carpet Ace for expert clinical cleaning advice and services.

by wernercreates.com

Let me introduce this article with a few questions, so fasten your seatbelts, as I am not going to beat around the bush.

Home alone...

Are you sure?

Do you know whom you share your home with?

Are you collecting rent from all the allergens, pests and asthma triggers living inside your home, or are they taking a free ride?

Take off your socks and shoes, and stand still, barefoot, on your carpet, for a moment. Are you experiencing a tingling sensation underfoot? Do you know what is causing this sensation?

Most people spend up to two thirds of their lives in and around their homes. The remainder being spent at the office, school, visiting other people’s homes, going for a walk etcetera.

The human skin, food for thought dust mites

The average human being sheds around 1 million skin cells or cell clusters during a 24 hour period. An adult may shed between 3 and 4 kilograms of skin during a one year period, of which around two thirds will be in the home, the remainder lying at the office, at school, on the jogging route, in the car, etcetera.

Human skin flakes are the main food source for dust mites. Your carpet may house up to 110 000 mites per square metre. Good vacuuming, e.g. with a HEPA-filter (High- efficiency particulate arrestance), may reduce or limit the numbers of dust mites in your home, but once they are present, they will keep accumulating. Not the best news for people with allergies.

The allergens related to dust mites are their faecal pellets and body parts, which are inhaled and swallowed during daily living, as these microscopic objects are airborne. Mites don’t bite, like e.g. bed bugs do.

Okay, I have mites. So what?

Dust mites can cause hay fever, asthma, eczema and accelerate other associated diseases. Mites have also been linked with conjunctivitis, dermatitis, hypersensitive pneumonia, allergic and migraine headaches, and certain conditions which you will need Google for, as did I: urticaria, anaphylaxis, angioedema, and extrinsic allergic alveolitis.

Fleas, carpet beetles and bed bugs may also flourish in an environment where dust mites thrive. The difference between a bed bug and a carpet beetle, is: bed bugs bite, however carpet beetles eat natural fibres, like blankets, feathers, and do not bite humans. Luckily.

It has been scientifically proven that carpeting can never be 100% bug free or clean, a realistic strategy for the home owner would be a 90% clean target. The same applies to offices and other carpeted areas, however this article is focused on the home, where people with carpets spend most of their time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I clean the carpets in my home?

Vacuum alone can only be effective to keep the population of pests and extent of dirt in check, if a high quality vacuum is employed, preferably with a HEPA filter.

You might think this is sales talk, but external sources have recommended deep, comprehensive cleaning, with the appropriate mix of environmentally friendly cleaning materials, at regular intervals, at least once per year.

Some carpet manufacturers incorporate e.g. silver iodes into the fibre during manufacturing of their carpets, to combat the spread of mites, in combination with regular and deep cleaning, etc.

But, what exactly is a dust mite?

The House Dust Mite, or HDM, as referred to by allergists, is a microscopic arachnid, and as such, a spider, not an insect. Flakes of human skin form the staple diet of the HDM. People with mite-related allergies are allergic to the potent digestive enzymes still active in the faeces (poop). Dead mites’ exoskeletons also contribute to allergic reactions.

Male HDMs live for 10 to 19 days, on average. A female may live up to 70 days, if she is carrying fertilized eggs. She lays between 60 to 100 eggs during the last 5 weeks of her life.

Over a 70-day life, an HDM may produce around 2 000 faecal (poop) particles, and an even greater number of partially digested enzyme-covered dust (largely human skin) particles.

It is not uncommon for the average pillow, after two years of use, to contain HDM faecal pellets and exoskeletons of up to 10% of its total mass.

Give me some stats on dust mite-related allergies?

Reliable total statistics for South Africa were not readily available. I turned my search to the USA, for comparative purposes.

Up to 1 in 8 Americans, or residents of the USA, suffer from dust-mite related allergies. I arrived at this conclusion, as follows:

Allergy is defined as an overreaction of the immune system to an allergen (foreign protein substance). Allergens enter the body through eating, breathing, touch and injection.  There is currently no cure for allergies, and allergies are highly transferable through the genes, i.e. from parents to children.

Around 1 in 8 residents of the United States of America (40 million individuals) suffer from indoor/outdoor allergies as their primary allergy. Most individuals suffering from indoor / outdoor allergies usually have more than one type of allergy. It is therefore likely that a high percentage of this number suffer from dust mite-related allergies, e.g. eczema, asthma etcetera, as reported elsewhere, in this article.

You've got me thinking...

tell me more, before The Dark Mite Rises

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Sources consulted for this article:

United States National Centre for Healthy Housing
Brittanica.com
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
CNN.com
BBC
Boston Globe
Housedustmite.com
wikipedia (of course, who else?)