Have you experienced itchy skin after a night of sleep? Do you wake up from a night’s rest with rashes and hives? The symptoms could be alarming. However, you may be experiencing a case of bed bug infestation. A few signs to look out for are discussed in this article.
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6 Signs That You Have Bed Mite
Bed mites are often found in people with poor hygiene but can affect anyone. They’re so tiny that you may not see them, but you can still notice the symptoms:
One of the most common symptoms of bed mites is sneezing. If you start sneezing in the middle of the night and wake up feeling like your nose is clogged up, it could be because these little bugs have found their way into your home and are now living in your mattress.
If you find yourself coughing at night when everyone else around you is fast asleep, there’s a good chance that it’s because bed bugs have made themselves at home in your bedroom. This symptom is more common than it sounds — many people don’t realize they have an infestation until they start coughing up blood or develop respiratory issues because of all the stress on their immune system.
3. Postnasal drip
Some people experience postnasal drip after waking up, which indicates that you may have bed mites.
4. Runny or stuffy nose
Another symptom of bed bug bites is a runny or stuffy nose. This could be due to allergies, but it could also be due to the bites of these parasites.
5. Itchy, water eyes
You may notice that your eyes are itchy, red, and watery. This is because the mite is burrowing into your eyelid and causing a reaction.
5. Red, itchy skin
If you’ve been scratching at night or even in the daytime, there is a good chance that you have bed mites. The mite will burrow under your skin and cause a rash that looks like eczema or dermatitis.
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6. Itchy throat
Bed bug bites often cause an itchy sensation in the throat, which is caused by histamine release. Histamine is a chemical released by the body when exposed to an allergen such as pollen or dust particles. The reaction causes swelling and redness around the bite site, causing the skin to itch. Bites also sometimes cause hives, welts, and anaphylaxis.
Where do mattress mites come from?
Mattress mites can be found on any material that is not washed regularly. They are most commonly found in homes with pets and children who play on the floor. They are also found more often in homes with a lot of traffic and homes with heavy foot traffic, like offices or schools.
Mattress mites live in the fibers of your mattress and cannot survive without them. When they get hungry, they will bite you while you sleep, but they are not known to spread disease or cause other health problems for humans.
How to Kill Bed Mites
There are several things you can do to prevent bed mite infestations:
Kill Bed Mites Using Hot Water
Wash your bedding in hot water (130°F) to kill any bed mites or their eggs. This includes pillowcases, sheets, and blankets. You may need to dry clean some items, such as down comforters. Make sure you thoroughly wash the mattress cover too.
Baking Soda Vacuum
Vacuum all areas of your house where bed mites usually reside, i.e., under furniture. Then sprinkle baking soda over the vacuumed area and sit for about 30 minutes before vacuuming again. Baking soda will absorb moisture from their bodies, so it will kill them when sucked up into the vacuum cleaner bag!
Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth
Sprinkle this powder on your mattress and box spring, then vacuum it before you go to bed. It won’t kill the adult mites, but it will dehydrate them, so they die within 10 days.
Use Homemade Bed Mite Spray
One way of getting rid of bed mites is using a homemade spray containing essential oils such as tea tree oil or lavender oil. These oils are known for their antibacterial properties, which help kill off any remaining bed bugs after they have been killed by steaming or vacuuming their eggs, larvae, and adults.
Call Cleaning Professionals
You should call a professional cleaner for help if you have bed mites. Professional cleaners will use special chemicals and sprays that instantly kill these tiny creatures. The best part about calling professional cleaners is that they can provide you with guaranteed results within a short period!
How to Prevent Dust Mites
You can reduce the risk of dust mite allergies by taking steps to keep mites out of your bed:
Switch to Hypoallergenic Materials
Dust mites can survive on regular mattress covers and pillows, so if you have an allergy to dust mites, you should use hypoallergenic materials instead.
Remove Excess Bedding
Use only one layer of sheets and blankets on top of your mattress. Remove any extra layers at night, so they don’t get warmed up by your body heat during sleep. If you must have extra blankets for warmth, put them under the fitted sheet so that only one layer is touching your skin.
Dust mites thrive in warm, humid conditions, so ensure there’s plenty of airflow in your bedroom by opening windows whenever possible or using a fan during the winter months when humidity levels are high indoors. You can also invest in an air purifier that removes dust particles from the air and an ionizer, a device that releases negative ions into the air to kill bacteria.
Protect Your Mattress
To prevent dust mites from infesting your mattress, treat it with permethrin spray according to package directions. This will help keep dust mites from migrating onto your mattress from other house areas.
Lower the Temperature
A cooler bedroom is better for everyone’s health, but especially for preventing dust mites. According to an article published in the journal Allergy & Asthma & Clinical Immunology Research, a temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit or less is best for keeping dust mites under control. This can be difficult if you live in a humid or poorly insulated. If necessary, use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to keep your room cool.
Dust and pet hair are among many people’s worst causes of allergic reactions. The best way to prevent dust mites is to improve the quality of your bedding. A good mattress will also help improve your overall sleep quality, which means that it’s not just dust and allergies you’ll be helping. If a new mattress isn’t in the cards, try switching to hypoallergenic bedding or switching out your pillows and blankets.
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