Putting pest allergies to sleep this winter

The cool temperatures of winter bring with it the comforting fact that there is reduced amount of pollen levels in the air thus translating into minimized incidences of allergies. However, that does not, in any way, mean that you would experience no allergies during this time of the year. There are yet still sources of allergies all over your house including pets, mold, dogs, dust mites, and cockroach droppings just to mention a few. They can pose a significant health risk to families if not properly handled. Luckily, there is a myriad of ways you can alleviate the risk of getting allergies from these sources. Here are some of the ways

Eliminate dust to mitigate dust mites

Foremost, you have to get rid of dust mites around your home. The surest way to achieve this is by eliminating the dust in the first place. Dust mites are among the most common allergies you will find indoors. As such, by getting rid of the dust, you will naturally get rid of the dust mites from your environment. You would want to do the best you can to avoid kicking the dust during cleaning.In this case, you will need to put on a mask and use a dust rag dumped in water or some treated cloth that works to attract dust instead of spreading it all over in the air.

Clean your beddings frequently

This goes without saying. Dust mites often thrive in sheets. This is where their ideal environment and as such they tend to multiply even more in dirty sheets and beddings. You must, therefore, clean the beddings frequently to avoid the multiplication of such pests. The blankets, sheets, and pillows can pose a significant risk for allergies throughout the night. See to it that you wash all your beddings in hot water every week and after that taking them for a hot cycle in the dryer to eliminate dust mites. There is also a myriad of allergen-proof products in the market like mattress covers, comforters, and pillows to alleviate allergies in the bedroom.

Keep your pets outside the house as much as you can

Pets can be another source of allergens if not properly cared for. They harbor pests which are dangerous and can easily cause an allergy at the slightest instance of exposure. As such, you need to reduce the risk of getting the allergies but doing as much as possible to keep them out of the house. However, sometimes you may not let your pets stay out for long. While this is a risk you are taking, you would not want them to gain access to your bedroom at least. You can also make an effort to curb the pets’ danger through regular vacuuming and dusting. Try hard to have your dog or cat weekly bathed. This will, to a significant extent, pet dander as well as other factors that could cause allergies for your family. Do the cleaning of your pets outdoors to avoid spreading the factors that can cause an allergy into your home.

Use HEPA filters in your vents and vacuum

HEPA is an initial standing for high-efficiency particulate air. This technique is one of the most efficient ways of keeping allergens off your home during winter. Nowadays, they are included with many vacuum cleaners. Moreover, you can always install HEPA filters onto vents if you have central heat or air conditioning in your home.

Use environmentally friendly products in your home

Environmentally friendly products can come in handy especially when you need to spray your home with the product to kill allergy-causing pests. While this is a good method to use, certain cleaning formulas contain harsh chemicals in them. These formulas can either aggravate or trigger a variety of common allergies. As such, it is always prudent to find out from the local store attendant which formula will work best for you. You can opt for formulas containing plant-based ingredients or resort to making your formula from the simple household products including vinegar and baking soda. This will substantially minimize the allergies that you and your family are exposed to.

While winter can be an excellent weather to some, it brings with it several pest allergies. However, thanks to a few chemicals and certain techniques, you can manage this to a significant level.

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