No Bed of Roses

Dust mites can make your life miserable

You spend an average of eight hours every night in bed, and if you haven't allergy-proofed your bedroom, you may be spending that time snuggled up with dust mites.

Dust mites themselves won't make you sneeze, but their feces will. And, there are probably many more dust mites in your home than you'd care to imagine. Fortunately, getting rid of them -- at least temporarily -- is pretty easy, according to this article from the BBC News.

To chase away these strange bedfellows, make sure you wash all of your bedding in hot water (at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit) every week. Vacuum or steam clean carpets often. Or, better yet, get rid of the carpeting altogether. The article also recommends covering your mattress and pillows with protective coverings that keep dust mites at bay.

Another way to keep levels of dust mites low is to keep the humidity level low. This article, from the University of Nebraska in Lancaster, suggests running a dehumidifier in bedrooms and damp areas of the house. And, if you have a dust mite allergy, having a pet isn't a good idea either -- their dander is a food source for mites.

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