After being told that you have a severe dust mite allergy, you probably want to do everything possible to minimize your exposure to these nasty microscopic bugs. Along with treating the living spaces of your home, use the following natural ways to control dust mites that are living in your forced air heating system.
Wipe Out The Ducts And Vents With Vinegar And Clove Oil
When the air circulates through your air ducts, dust mites can become attached to the sides. While there, their feces and scales will accumulate and spread throughout your home.
Although you will not be able to reach all the way into the ducts, you can minimize this problem by wiping out the parts closest to the vents with white distilled vinegar and clove oil. You should also soak your vents while you are cleaning them out.
The vinegar will help dissolve any stuck on residue. It will also kill any living dust mites when it soaks through their exoskeleton, drying them up from the inside out. The odor of the clove oil repels the insects, while cutting the scent of the vinegar to make it more pleasant for you.
For this treatment, you will need a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment, a gallon bucket, a bottle of vinegar, and the clove oil. The oil can be found in pharmacies, department stores, and health food stores.
Fill your bathtub half of the way full with warm water. Add two cups of white distilled vinegar and 25 drops of clove oil. Remove the vents and let them soak in the solution while you are cleaning your ducts.
In the bucket, mix together four cups of warm water, a cup of vinegar, and 10 drops of clove oil. Turn off the furnace while you are working.
Wet a clean rag and wipe the insides of the ducts as far down as you can reach. Be careful to avoid any screws that are sticking out to avoid cutting yourself.
Let the ducts air dry for an hour before turning the heater on. While you are waiting, remove the vents from the bathtub and let them air dry as well.
When fully dry, replace the vents. Then, go on to the next section to replace your dirty filter.
Sprinkle Eucalyptus Oil On Your Filter When You Change It
After you have cleaned your ducts and vents, you should change your heater's filter since the mites you freed may have become trapped inside of your old one. Use eucalyptus oil on it as another way to control the pests.
While eucalyptus oil may smell pleasant to you, dust mites cannot stand the odor. When you sprinkle it on your heater's filter when you replace it, it will help keep them out of both your furnace and air ducts while the scent is circulated throughout your home. The oil can be purchased at health food stores, pharmacies, and some grocery stores.
When you replace your filter, use one that is pleated. This gives it more surface area that will trap more of the insects. Before placing it in the slot, lay it flat and sprinkle 20 drops evenly on both sides of it.
For the first month, change your filter every two weeks to trap any mites that are flowing through while you are treating your home. After that, replace the filter with a new one treated with the eucalyptus oil once a month.
The above natural methods should help you to keep in check the dust mite population living in your heating system. However, you may want to contact a heating maintenance service from a site like http://www.comfortsolutionsutah.com. They can send someone out to thoroughly and professionally clean your furnace and ductwork once or twice a year.