You're sitting on your favorite couch at home and you feel something crawling on your skin. It feels like an itch, but you don't see anything. This "itch" could be a creepy, crawly dust mite, one of millions that are infesting your home. Dust mites are so named because of their size. They are barely visible to the unaided eye, measuring around 0.2 millimeters in length. The fact that they are so tiny belies the havoc they cause people who are sensitive to allergies.
Just like any other living organism, dust mites need food to survive, and their food of choice is—you guessed it—YOU! Well, not really you, but the dead skin cells you leave behind when you are sleeping or sitting on your furniture.
Don't be so shocked! The world is a complicated place and only until a couple of hundred years ago did scientists discover the vibrant microscopic landscape all around us. It isn't an easy concept to digest—that we human beings can be hosts for other living organisms and that those organisms can actually help us or hurt us.
Let me give you an example. According to Science News, babies born via caesarean section are more likely to develop allergies and asthma than children born the "old-fashioned way." Why? Because during the birthing process, babies who pass through the birthing canal are colonized with the healthy probiotics of their mother which then aid in the digestion of milk and help the baby process nutrients for better health.
So what does this have to do with dust mites? Everything.
The microscopic environment is filled with food for dust mites to survive.
You can try to kill them, but then the dead mites become more food for microscopic organisms giving them an even stronger foothold in your home. So what's the solution?
One way to control dust mites and their allergens is to maintain a humidity of less than 50% in your home with a dehumidifier and keeping the room temperature at a constant 70°F. You can also try freezing your bed linens or exposing them to heat (130°F) for a minimum of 30 minutes. When dusting, try using a damp cloth to prevent dust (and dust mites) from becoming airborne to avoid allergic reactions.
A relatively new solution is probiotics.
Airbiotics StaBiotic Home Spray uses probiotics that are considered by science to be harmonious and helpful to the healthy function of the human body and are naturally present in the human ecosystem.
Here's what happens: The good bacteria will compete with all other microorganisms (including dust mites) for food resources on the microscopic level. By populating your environment with healthy probiotics, they eventually dominate all microscopic resources and help prevent parasitic microorganisms, as well as dust mites, from forming—the microorganisms that can cause allergies, illness and disease will have no microscopic resources to continue their life cycle.
Frequent application of probiotics in your indoor air and on surfaces will help you control the microscopic environment in your home and significantly reduce the population of dust mites. The best part is, you won't have to freeze your couch! AB