Dust mites are tiny insects that live in carpets, beds and all kinds of upholstered furniture, feed on dead skin cells and can cause allergies, skin reactions or asthma-related problems. Since it has been discovered that 4 out of 5 households in the United States are affected by dust mite infestation, you definitely need to know how to fight this little troublemaker.
Some people may not even realize that their home is already a place for dust mite infestation. If you have mite infestation in your home, you may notice symptoms such as sneezing, itchy nose or throat, runny nose, cough, redness, itchy or watery eyes, congestion, pressure or facial pain, inflammation and blue skin located under the eyes .
Dust mites will effectively be kept at bay by vacuuming and regular washing of the sheets, but mattresses and pillows also contain them, so you should also clean them. If the vacuum you use does not include a HEPA filter, the mites will return to the mattresses and pillows again.
An excellent way to kill and repel dust mites is to spray them with a solution of eucalyptus oil.
Unfortunately, eucalyptus essential oil is not safe for children under 10 years of age. However, there are other oils that are safe and eliminate dust mites, such as fennel and clove essential oils, and are safe for use with children over the age of 2 years.
Eucalyptus solution to kill dust mites
15 – 30 drops of eucalyptus oil
2 cups of distilled water
Spray the solution on all areas that can not be easily washed in the bedroom and then hang them to dry in a warm, dry place, as the growth of mold spores intensifies in damp places. Do this 3 times a week to completely eliminate dust mites.
Dust mite infestations are efficiently destroyed by essential oils, especially eucalyptus oil, as shown in multiple studies.
However, you should know that this essential oil is not safe for children under 10, so you should use other safe alternatives in this case, such as essential oils of fennel or cloves.