Do Air Purifiers Get Rid Of Dust Mites

We often associate dust mites in a bed sheet or pillow, but we neglected to spread through airborne. This can create many allergy problems, particularly if a person has asthma. So how do you get rid of dust mites in the air? How to effectively reduce the microscopic arachnids' growth around the house. Also, which type of air purifier should you look out for.
Short answer
Air purifier can remove dust mites in the air.


Dust Mite Allergy Symptoms

There are 20 million people in the United States suffering from allergies or asthma. However, every person has a different tolerance level against dust mites. Some might be only allergic to factors like protein substances, debris, or feces. Because dust mites are very tiny at 0.010–0.012 in (0.25–0.3 mm), we might be inhaling or digested to all kinds of irritants without knowing which one. Children are more prone to dust mite allergy to the developing immune system. A person who is frequently exposed to dust mites will likely develop the allergy later. Take note if you are experiencing one of the symptoms below.

  • Runny nose/ sinus
  • Watery/ swollen/ red eyes
  • Coughing/ postnasal drip
  • Pain and pressure in the face
  • Itchy nose, eyes or throat
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Swollen eyes
  • Chest pain
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Wheezing

What About Non-airborne Dust Mites? How Do You Deal With It?

An air purifier can only do so much with dust. To minimize the exposure to dust mites on the ground, here are a few precautionary methods you can give a shot.

  • Vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum cleaner is by far the most effective method of removing dust mites. The suction power will suck in dust mites, its egg, and feces all at once. Do it weekly on upholstery furniture, carpet, mat, and bed.
  • Replace all bedding, pillows, duvet, and blanket with a hypoallergenic cover. This prevents dust mites from crawling inside the comfy mattress and starting breeding.
  • Most laundry detergent can wash off mites in bedding and pillow. The same goes with an alcohol rub. Apply on the affected area.
  • Extreme hot and cold temperatures will kill off dust mites. Consider pouring hot water at 130°F or placing the contaminated object in a plastic bag and freezing it for up to 48 hours.
  • Dust mites flourish in a humid environment. Get a dehumidifier to reduce humidity level between 30-50 percent.
  • Organize your home to reduce clutter. Store away stuffed toys, books, or gadgets into a storage compartment to prevent them from becoming a breeding ground for dust mites.
  • Dust mite aerosol sprays or specific air fresheners will kill these mites. Just spray directly on the spot the dust mites if infesting and voilà, you’re done.
  • Pets play a big role in breeding dust mites. If possible, keep your pets outside. Groom them regularly.

Before we begin, let's do a quick refresh on what dust mite is. Dust mites are microscopic creatures relatives of the spider. It feeds on skin flakes of people or pets that shed. You can often find dust mites in bedding, upholstered furniture, carpeting, curtains, and drapes. Dust mites thrive in warm and humid weather (70 °F with 75-80 humidity) and can live between 65–100 days. Female mites can lay from 1-2 eggs per day and a total of 60 to 100 eggs throughout their life cycle. A house dust mite will produce approximately 2,000 fecal particles and an even larger number of partially digested enzyme-covered dust particles.

Dust mites are tiny arachnids (same as a spider) that feed on organic detritus e.g., animal tissues and dead human skin. Dust mites can survive in all climates and thrive in a humid indoor environment, especially in your mattress, pillow, carpet, and upholstered furniture. Besides causing the common inflammatory disease asthma, dust mites feces (digestive enzymes) will also contribute to allergic reactions such as wheezing, itchy eyes, sneezing, cough, and nasal blockage. Dust mites are especially harmful to asthmatic people.

Do Air Purifiers Get Rid of Dust Mites?

Air purifiers will only get rid of dust mites in the air. You will need a good air purifier with a HEPA filter to remove the tiniest particles at 0.3 microns. This will significantly reduce germs, microbes, and dust mites allergy exposure. You will experience less cough, sneeze, or wheezing as long as the purifying continues. For dust mites that have settled down, it will be happily feeding off the dead skin in your bedding and remain untouched until it's stirred back up.

Max Fernandez

A loving father and a dedicated reviewer for airfuji.com with more than 1000 air purifiers under his belt. Max Fernandez is also one of the million patients currently suffering from asthma. Feel free to nudge him if you have any questions.
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