Is my family at risk from dust mites?


Not every home in the UK contains dust mites, and even if they are present, they do not constitute a risk to health in their own right. However, if a member of your family becomes sensitised to dust mite allergens a number of allergic reactions can be triggered which are unpleasant and distressing. These can be similar to the effects of hay fever, asthma, eczma and other allergic reactions.

A few simple steps will help keep dust mite levels to a minimum in your home. Frequent regular vacuuming of carpets, rugs, upholstery and mattresses and annual prefossional cleaning of these items will help. Washing bed linnen at 60 degrees or more will kill mites. Change pillows for new ones every 12 to 18 months and use a sealed mattress cover which can be washed.

If one of your family suffers from allergies, they can be tested for sensitivity to dust mite allergens. If the tests are positive, it may be beneficial to have a dust mite treatment applied to your soft furnishings and carpets following professional cleaning.