Dust mites are so small they are not visible to the unaided eye. They live by the millions in bedding, carpets, upholstered furniture, old clothing and stuffed animals. When dust mites grow they shed their skin. If the shed skin and waste products (feces) are inhaled, or come in contact with the skin, they cause asthma, congestion, intestinal and skin problems.
Cleaning your home with a vapor steam cleaner will kill dust mites instantly. This is the first step, and your mattress and pillow are most important, because this is where you spend 1/3 of your time and where most dust mites in your home live. Once the dust mites have been killed, the next step is to vacuum the shed skin and waste away.
Most quality home vacuum cleaners today come with a HEPA filtration system capable of holding the dead skin cells and waste from release into your home. Higher priced vapor steam cleaners come with a superb filtration system built in.
Either way, for a rising number of allergy sufferers, a vapor steam cleaner can make a real difference in the number of dust mites in your home. This is especially important for children who have asthma. Dust mites can cause children to become sick and require additional respiratory medicine. Purchasing a vapor steam cleaner for your home is the perfect way to limit your child’s exposure to these unwanted house guests.
Bed bugs are larger (about 1/5 of an inch long) than dust mites and, therefore, more easily seen by the human eye. Unlike dust mites, these blood-sucking, vampire-like insects bite. Bed bugs have become an epidemic in New York City, where they have invaded even the cleanest and most posh apartments and hotels.
When feeding, bed bugs prick the skin of their victim to insert saliva causing itchiness and swelling. Bed bugs typically feed for up to ten minutes at a time. As the little leeches fill with blood, their color changes from brown to red.
Doing away with bed bugs can be challenging. Under ideal conditions, these pests can survive for a year or longer without a meal. Fortunately, a vapor steam cleaner can eliminate bed bugs easily from clothing, furniture and bedding. Vapor particles are so small they can reach nooks and crannies—and other difficult areas—chemical pest-control methods cannot. With a vapor steam cleaner, bed bugs have nowhere to hide and are a thing of the past.