As children, most of us probably thought the saying, "Don't let the bed bugs bite," was something our parents said to scare us. As adults, we realize those tiny bed bugs are actually real, and, along with dust mites, can cause some big issues. But what are they exactly, and how can we prevent them?
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small, reddish brown, flightless insects that hide out in the crevices of your bed, box spring, or bed frame. Their bites can cause skin rashes and trigger allergic reactions resulting in hives, blisters, or severe itching. If you travel frequently or spend time in hotels, hospitals, or other places with nighttime guests, you're more likely to take bed bugs home with you as they can get into your luggage or travel on your clothing.
What are Dust Mites?
Unlike bed bugs, dust mites don't bite. You most likely don't even know they're there because they can't be seen or felt! These microscopic, spider-like creatures eat dead skin cells which makes your bed a natural feeding zone. If you have asthma or allergies, dust mites can make those symptoms worse. If you have year-long allergies, it might be worth asking a doctor if you have dust mite allergies.
How Can I Prevent Bed Bugs and Dust Mites?
While traveling, make sure to check under hotel mattresses and sheets for signs of bed bugs. Small black marks or yellowish dots could indicate bed bug excrement or eggs. Place your luggage on a table or dresser instead of the floor. Wash all your travel clothes as soon as you get home. You can also use protective bedding for enhanced bed bug protection. The LivePure Allergen Bedding also helps to relieve allergy symptoms while protecting against bed bugs and dust mites. If you discover you have bed bugs, you can either attempt to extract and clean the infested area yourself or contact your local Bed Bug expert or exterminator.
While it's nearly impossible to completely avoid attracting dust mites, there are a few ways to prevent and manage the dust mite population in your home.
- Vacuum carpeted areas frequently. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter or the LivePure Ultramite UVC Dust Mite HEPA Vacuum and Sanitizer.
- Wash your bedding weekly with hot water.
- Add Anti-Mite Laundry Additives or use special allergy laundry detergent or spray in your laundry for thorough cleaning.
- Use protective bedding and sheets or bedding with tightly woven fabric.
- Keep humidity levels in your home to under 50 percent as dust mites thrive in humid environments. (Need a humidifier? Click here to find the best one for you.)
- Utilize an air purifier and make sure all your filters in your home (furnace, air conditioner, etc.) use allergen-capturing filters.
While escaping these tiny tormentors may not be the easiest job, LivePure is here to help you and your family stay healthy and breathe better.