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Old 04-20-2019, 12:46 PM
 
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Hello.

I'm allergic to dust mites (and dust). I currently have itchy rash spots on my skin.

I'm confused about 2 conflicting ways to get rid of dust mites (in my apartment bedroom carpet):

1. Steam cleaning.

2. Don't steam clean -- because dust mites multiply when the carpet is wet.
They recommend bug sprays that dry overnight and then can be vacuumed.

Which option is best? If it's #2, what's the best "eco" or "natural" bug spray?

Thanks!
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Old 04-21-2019, 06:06 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Trying t get rid of mites by cleaning carpets or using pesticide is like trying to make a hole in the lake by removing a bucket of water. You may lower the bug count temporarily, but it won't last long.


Removing the carpet and going with bare floors has a better chance of making a difference.


There's also Odactra-- a tablet taken under the tongue to desensitize you to mites-- kinda like taking allergy shots. I have no experience with it-- don't know how well it works or what it costs or how likely the nasty side effects are.
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:19 AM
 
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The preferred option is not to have carpet at all. If you have to have carpet, then the best option is to get a good vacuum with a HEPA filter and vacuum at least weekly. No one has ever recommended to me that I should steam or use a pesticide on carpets. The main recommendations are to keep humidity levels where dust mites are not happy (between 30-50%), try your best to have hard floors but if you cannot then vacuum weekly, cover beds/pillows with allergy covers if available, etc.
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Also they make special covering for yourpillows and matress that zip up. Vacuuming your mattress 1-2 times a week can help
I am aleergic to dust mites as well. Some of my home has wood floors but I am hoping to do the other 2 rooms and rip up the carpets. I also recently got diagnosed with Asthma.
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:00 PM
 
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Here's a link https://www.hunker.com/12148179/how-...rpet-naturally

There were many helpful looking videos and web links after I did a simple search from my browser using " how to kill dust mites"

I think that you'll find something helpful. I also recommend going to a store like Walmart and looking at the pillow covers and mattress covers they have that help folks with allergies like yours. And perhaps a good air cleaner machine too.
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Old 04-27-2019, 12:46 PM
 
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guidoLaMoto, removing the carpet is a good idea -- but I live in an apartment and can't do that. That's why I was wondering if carpet steaming or using anti-dustmite chemicals is the better option if I only have those two options. One person said steam cleaning is better. Another person said steam cleaning is not a good idea because dust mites like wet conditions. Any thoughts?

RamenAddict, based on your helpful comments about humidity (and because I can't remove the carpet), would you recommend steam cleaning or anti-mite chemical sprays? I'd buy the natural kind. Thanks!

lubby, yes, I do have the special casings -- but I'm still getting allergic reactions to dust mites. It seems I can feel them crawling on me. Is that possible?

JanND, that's a very helpful link -- especially because I prefer natural products.

Thanks for all the great replies!
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Old 04-29-2019, 02:55 PM
 
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Thanks for all the helpful information. I concluded that expensive sprays and carpet steam treatments won't last. The dust mites will probably just come back.

At least they don't bite. I do get an allergic reaction (tests show I'm allergic to dust and mites).

I bought some 50/50 rubbing alcohol and a sprayer. Seems to keep the dust mites away at night when I spray it on me -- at least until 3 a.m. when I have to re-apply.

I'm also using a mattress encasement. I'm vacuuming and washing clothes/bedding more frequently.
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