By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) – Dust mites are tiny microscopic relatives of the spider and live on mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, carpets and curtains, according to MedicineNet. They feed on the flakes of skin that people and pets shed daily. Avoiding exposure to dust mites is the best strategy for controlling dust mite allergy; while they can’t be completely eliminated from homes, their numbers can be significantly reduced. Here are four strategies for doing so.
- Use allergen-proof bed covers. According to the Mayo Clinic, mattresses and pillows—as well as box springs—should be kept in dust proof or allergen-blocking covers made of tightly woven fabric to keep mites from moving in.
- Keep humidity low. Maintain a relative humidity below 50 percent at home, the Mayo Clinic suggests. An air conditioner or dehumidifier can help achieve this while a hygrometer can measure humidity levels.
- Remove carpeting and other dust mite habitats. If possible, replace carpeting with tile, wood, linoleum or vinyl flooring, suggests the Mayo Clinic, and consider replacing other dust-collecting furnishings.
- Use a probiotic air and surface purifier. The Environmental Probiotics Spray and Eco-Balancing System developed by BetterAir is the world’s first probiotic air and surface purifier, providing a natural solution to promoting cleanliness.
“Probiotics live in the gut and serve as a natural defense system,” says Taly Dery, CEO of BetterAir. “We have harnessed an organic, chemical-free, probiotic strain that offers a novel approach to enhancing and improving indoor air quality and the cleanliness of surfaces in the home.”
The company’s probiotic strain can be dispensed inside a house either manually via spray bottle or via a powered purifier device—the Biodify ™ Eco-Balancing System—that disperses a probiotic mist into the air every half hour for 30 seconds over an area of up to 800 square feet.
Why are BetterAir’s “Enviro-Biotics™” useful? Traditional purifier sprays indiscriminately kill all bacteria, both harmful and beneficial—causing an imbalanced, sterile environment that could increase the risk of pathogens’ evolving resistance. In contrast, BetterAir’s natural, chemical-free and environmentally friendly spray provides a natural solution to battling “bad” bacteria: the probiotic consumes contaminant waste such as dust mite fecal matter, pollen, dead skin cells and pet dander, while maintaining the balance of essential bacteria in the environments where people live and work, and reducing bad odors caused by bacteria.
“Our Environmental Probiotics system offers a novel approach to countering harmful substances in the home, above and beyond what traditional disinfecting methods can achieve,” Ms. Dery adds.