Bed Bugs And Dust Mites

bugsPeople often confuse bed bugs and dust mites as being the same thing, however they are different in many ways. In fact the only thing they have in common is that they are found in beds and carpets.

Bed bugs are tiny, flat creatures about the size of an apple seed and are drawn to mattresses and headboards. They are usually brown in colour but turn a reddish brown colour after sucking on the blood of its human bed partner. The first time we are aware of the presence of bed bugs is when we wake in the middle of the night, covered in itchy welts.

Dust mites, on the other hand, are microscopic in size and they do not bite. Instead they feed on dead skin cells that are shed on a daily basis by humans and their pets. They can, however, cause allergic reactions in asthma sufferers but generally cause itchy eyes, nasal congesting and sneezing.

Every home has dust mites because we provide them with a never ending source of food, however there are steps we can take to minimize their effects.

In particular, regular vacuuming, especially underneath furniture and in front of sofas – dust mites love warm, moist, dark areas. This is the best way to remove the mites and their eggs. Don

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