The house dust mite is a major cause of interrupted sleep, eczema, asthma and other allergic reactions. The double-glazed, centrally heated cocoons that most of us live in provide ideal conditions for the the propogation of these lovely little critters. They are about the size of a full stop on a printed page, but are colourless and therefore we don’t see the thousands of these little buddies that we share our homes with.

Most humans naturally shed up to 3 grams of dead surface skin a day. The dead skin cells form the diet for the dust mites.

It is not actually the dust mites that cause the allergic reactions though, it’s their waste. The faecal pellets the dust mites excrete are microscopic, very dry and easily broken into even smaller pieces. These can remain continuously suspended in the air and it is these pellets that can cause respiratory problems when inhaled.

Even if you’re not asthmatic or suffering from eczema, you may find you sleep better and generally feel better if you take a few simple measures to change some of the conditions in your home.

We offer 4 ways on how to get rid of dust mites in the home.

1. Ventilate your home well. Open windows and doors and allow the air to change regularly in your home.

2. Keep the covers turned back on your bed during the day to allow the mattress to dry out. Dust mites thrive in humid environment. We all perspire in our beds and allowing your bed and bedding to air well will help a lot.

3. Vacuuming. Use a good vacuum cleaner with appropriate filters, and service it regularly

4. Carpet cleaning. Have your carpets and upholstery professionally extraction cleaned once a year.

If you’d like any more advice on how to get rid of dust mites professionally, or how to have a healthy home or workplace, please give us a call on 0800 018 5550 or email us on