Carpet Dust Mites

Carpet dust mites are creatures that are so small that you can barely see them without some sort of magnification. They feed off of animal and human dead skin, pollen and bacteria.

Where are Dust Mites?

Dust mites are more likely to be found in the bedroom and rooms where pets are allowed than anywhere else. They can easily hide deep within the carpet, where dust and other detritus can be difficult to remove. Carpets are often not cleaned as regularly as other parts of the house, making them ideal locations for dust mites. They like to hang out here and lay their eggs. If you want to keep dust mites from affecting you then your best defence is to modify the humidity in your home.

How to remove Dust Mites

Dust mites cannot tolerate humidity levels of 60 percent or lower, quickly dying out in this type of environment.You will also want to clean your carpets regularly. Using Hot water the best way to kill mites without using pesticides or other chemicals which can be hazadous. Having your carpets professionally cleaned can therefore be very effective at eradicating them. No matter how deeply they are buried inside your carpet fibres. Regular dusting and vacuuming are also great ways to reduce the dust mite population.

dust mites close up

By keeping your home clean you will eliminate a lot of the mites’ food sources, starving them and driving them from your home. It can also help to control your ventilation. If you allow air from open windows to ventilate your home, pollen may be able to enter and feed the mites. Instead, try to use vents and duct systems to provide air flow to your home. These ventilation systems should be cleaned regularly as well. They can collect dust and other particles that attract mites.

Here are some more nasty things that could be hiding in your carpets right now:


E Coli

This deadly strain of bacteria is most often connected with food poisoning, but it’s actually commonly picked up on the street and carried into our homes and businesses. There’s a good chance that your carpet could be harbouring this hidden virus.

e-coli zoomed in


Even if you take off your shoes when you enter your home, does everyone else? If you have kids, then there is a good likelihood, that they have forgotten to leave their shoes at the door, and your carpets could be home to pneumonia bacteria.

carpet bacteria under microscope


While this virus may be rare, it’s dangerous enough to be worthy of your concern. It can live in your carpet and cause all sorts of health problems- meningitis, skin conditions, and in some cases, even death.


Mould and Fungus

These can be airborne or latch onto any surface that touches them. They may be floating in the air of your home, but it’s more dangerous once they take hold of your carpet and find some water to help them thrive. Then they release more spores into the air and cause allergic reactions, breathing difficulties and flu-like symptoms.
carpet Mould and Fungus