Posted by Harriette
on January 27, 2000 at 03:14:50:
In Reply to: Re: Dust mite control posted by Harry on January 27, 2000 at 02:07:40:
: : I have been reading that there is a kit available for determining the level of mite/dust concentration in a single room. Does anyone know of such a kit and where to get it? Also, these authors recommend using aracacides on the carpet to help kill mites and reduce the dust -- i.e. benzyl benzoate powder (leave on for 30 minutes before vacuuming) or 3% tannic acid solution and spray it on. I am wondering if either of these would leave a residue and cause further problems or if anyone has had success with this procedure. Do you have any further suggestions about where I would check on these items and their safety? Thanks.
: Hi Harriette,
: I donot know anything about the products or the methods you mentioned.I personally don't like putting more stuff on anything that can cause more polution in my home.How do you find out if it's killing the dust mites or not and to what extent?? OR, you could find out you or your family is allergic to the powder that you can't get all up by vacuuming.You might consider the following:
: Dust mites live by eating the dead skin that our bodies constantly shed.The worse place is in your bed since you spend more time there than any single place in your home.How are you going to deal with those areas?
: The best way I have found is to oxidize the skin using an ozone generator.It does in the food supply of the dust mites and they DIE. This sounded very logical to me so,I bought one and we use it. It also kills mold and mildew by oxidation. I have also found out we cannot use it all the time.Because,the ozone gives me a sore throat and dryes my eyes and my wife has asthma and it makes it worse. We treat the bedrooms one day at a time, the house with the air circulating and even the duct work when we are not home.Then we come home and vent the house.I even used it to treat our cars air conditioning system ---it had a musty smell.It works!!
: This is the best way I've found in my 40 years of trying to get rid of dust mites. You can buy an ozone generator on the net and the prices/sizes vary so shop around. But, once you buy one--- it will last a life-time.
: Good Luck----Harry
Hi Harry: Thanks for the reply. That was my concern, i.e. residue and possibly further problems. Regarding the ozone generator, how do you know that works and besides aren't there some other side effects to too much ozone, etc.? Harriette