The most frequently asked questions about our dust mite, bed bug, and allergy-proof covers.
The most relevant questions asked about our anti-dust mite covers, anti-bed bug, and the answers of our experts.
Most of the time, the dust mites covers that are sold in large stores have a dust mite barrier only on the top of the mattress, while the sides are composed of economical, but extensible material allowing mites to get through Their product is therefore cheaper, but for people with allergies, this is far from ideal. Allergists recommend the purchase of a cover with a dust mite barrier present on all six sides, not just on the top. Dust mites covers with only top-side protection do not really help people with allergies, because when beds are sat on, all the allergens in and on them spread into the air and to the unprotected sides. When a cover has a dust mite barrier on all six sides, it is less stretchy and therefore requires thicker fabric for each mattress size (Twin, Full, Queen, King). This can, in turn, result in more inventory to manage, as well as extra costs, not to mention the added expense that buying these higher-cost covers incurs for large centres. These reasons explain why six-sided protection mattress covers are generally not found in large, well-known centres.
Bed bugs are parasites that feed on the blood of humans and pets (mammals). Bed bugs have the size and shape of an apple seed. They live in mattresses, box springs, bed bases, and pillows, i.e., near their victims. They are attracted to body heat and bite while their victims are sleeping in order to feed on their blood. The bites leave itchy lesions and sometimes hives. Reactions vary with the victim's sensitivity. Bedbugs proliferate rapidly and are difficult to exterminate. The female can lay from 200 to 400 eggs in her lifetime, depending on the temperature of their environment and their access to food (blood).
Dust mites are tiny animals, related to spiders, that are usually too small to be seen with the naked eye. They feed on the dead skin that humans shed every day and their droppings may cause allergic reactions and may aggravate asthma, especially in children. Dust mites can only survive in humid environments. They are commonly found in carpets, mattresses and upholstered furniture. At about 0.25-.3 mm in length, dust mites are not really visible to the naked eye. Diseases caused by dust mites are mainly due to the chemical composition of their skin and feces.
The real question is “How can I prevent bed bugs from getting into my home in the first place?” It's not easy! They can infiltrate all the corners of your home and could arrive via different routes. You can bring them back from movie theaters, stores, hotels, in your suitcases, or in your clothes—anyone can unwillingly cause an infestation. Even if you are extremely careful, it can happen to you. It's best to take precautions. Even before an infestation, you should think about protecting your mattress and reducing the number of places where bed bugs can hide.
Health Canada recommends that mattresses be covered in a hermetically close dust mite cover adapted for bedbugs. This is probably the best preventive measure to take. Mattresses are the bedbug's preferred habitat because that’s where they’re closest to their food supply, namely you! Protecting your mattress will go a long way toward reducing the inconvenience brought about by infestation.
A dust mite cover is zippered cover that protects all sides of the mattress, box spring or pillow. It’s specially designed with allergen-blocking fabric with dust mite certification. Sometimes a dust mite cover will be referred to as a “mattress encasement” or “allergy cover”.
A single dust mite produces on average up to 20 droppings a day, and a mattress contains on average two million dust mites. Add the remains of millions of dead dust mites and it doesn't take long for a mattress to fill up with microscopic dust mites. Whenever you sit or lie on your bed, it activates a movement that propels thousands of particles into the air. By enclosing mattresses, pillows, and duvets with good quality dust mite covers, the source of the dust emissions is isolated. Indoor air becomes cleaner, symptoms subside, and you’ll feel better in just a few days.
Covers relieve the symptoms in children suffering from allergic rhinitis and protect them from developing chronic asthma. They also diminish symptoms associated with allergic asthma and prevent them from worsening. The same goes for other dust mite allergy symptoms including: sinusitis, conjunctivitis, laryngitis, and atopic dermatitis (eczema). The covers improve the quality of your sleep, help reduce your need for medication, cuts down on school and work absenteeism, and lead to an overall improvement in the quality of your life.
Yes! It is recommended to wash the covers twice a year. You may also wash it as needed, for example, if someone spills something by accident. It is recommended to wash it in hot water (over 55 degrees to kill the dust mites) and to wash your sheets every week in hot water as well.
We recommend that you to do so, because the material used to manufacture the covers are stored in a warehouse. Fine dust may have settled on the material over time and could bother highly allergic customers. An initial wash will remove these particles and soften the fabric, making the cover more comfortable.
Dust mite covers really work. You can find dust mite covers for mattresses, pillows, and box springs at mattress and allergy supply stores in a variety of materials, but ask the dust mites cover supplier for the certification before buying a dust mite cover to assure you to have a good quality cover.
Mattresses, pillows and duvets are easily infested with dust mites. If you wash your duvet once or twice a month you may not need a duvet cover, but there’s no guarantee. Some thick duvets don't tolerate multiple washing well and have to be dry cleaned instead—This is an expensive option. We recommend you opt for guaranteed protection and cover them.
If you’re not sure what to do, proceed one step at a time: First cover your mattress and pillows in covers with a proven barrier (like ours) and stop using your duvet for several days—long enough to feel the benefits of dust mite protection. Once you feel better, use your duvet again after washing it. If your symptoms return in the weeks that follow, you know you must cover the duvet as well. Call us. We will help you.
If you have a box spring or padded bed base it may house dust mites and should be replaced by a base made with slats or horizontal springs and not covered in fabric. Otherwise, seal it hermetically in a cover. In fact, we recommend a cover as a preventive measure to prevent bed bug infestations, regardless of the type of bed base.
Lower the temperature and humidity level
Remove dust by wiping and vacuuming
Wash fabrics in hot water at a minimum of 130°F (54°C)
Steam clean carpets, rugs, and furniture
Use a hypoallergenic mattress and pillow or an anti-allergy protector
Replace carpets with hard flooring
Don't make your bed in the morning
Get rid of curtains, cushions, and soft furnishings
Keep pets out of the bedroom
Contrary to popular opinion, dust mites don't bite humans, but bed bugs do. However, they can cause allergic reactions in humans through their droppings, mostly found in mattresses, pillows, and carpeting. The allergic reaction caused by dust mites could cause sneezing, runny nose, itching of the skin, and watery eyes.
These house dust mites give eczema sufferers a nasty itch. House dust mites surround us and they give hideous itching and redness. It isn’t totally clear what exactly causes people with dermatitis to react so badly to dust mites.
Make your own dust mite repellent to spray on your bed. Dust mites are repulsed by the smell of clove, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, and rosemary. Make your own aromatic spray by adding a few drops of one (or more) of previous essential oils in a water-filled spray bottle.
Dust mites can't fly, but they can float through the air or drift on the gentlest of breezes. They often become airborne when recycled through ventilation systems. For this reason, it's particularly important to choose high quality air filters.
Itchy, red or watery eyes.
Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat.
Facial pressure and pain.
Saying “good night” to the Dust Mite! You can't see them, but they're all over your home. Dust mites will be in the carpet, the sofa, the bedding, the curtains, even stuffed animals. Thankfully, while you can't get rid of dust mites completely, you can minimize their multiplying numbers. First, would be to vacuum and protect your mattress with a dust mites mattress cover. That would be a start.
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