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Dust Mite Covers - Are They Really Worth It?

Updated on December 11, 2009

I read an article the other day that said that only about 1/3 of dust mite allergy sufferers have their mattress and pillows covered with dust mite covers. With somewhere between 50 to 60 million people in the U.S. suffering from allergies that's about 36 million who don't use them.

Dust mite mattress covers are one of the most effective tools available in fighting dust mite allergies. Let's face it a lot of times you can not get doctors to agree on a diagnosis but the one thing most doctors, Allergist, Immunologist and ENT, will agree on is that putting your mattress and pillows in a dust mite cover is a good thing and works to reduce exposure to dust mite allergens.

Even if you don't have allergies to dust mites, covering your mattress is a good idea. Dust mite covers will keep your mattress clean and smelling better. Have you ever picked up an old mattress that never had a dust mite covers on it? It was pretty heavy and smelled bad.

Most of you know that a dust mites favorite place to live, breed and die is in the mattress or pillow. They are warm, dark and easy to get into. They have to eat our dead skin to live, they poop and then somewhere along the way they die. All during this process they are filling up your mattress with feces, body parts and more dust mites.

Every time you roll around or sit on the mattress you are sending up a microscopic cloud of dust mite allergens. People with allergies to dust mite are reacting to the allergens from the feces and dust mite body parts.Then you breath them in and next thing you know is your eyes are puffy, can't breath real well and you feel like you did not sleep well when you wake up. FYI, a dead dust mite is just as bad as a live one.

You no longer have to sleep on a cover that fells like plastic. In the past 10 to 12 years they have made all sorts of improvements in dust mite covers. Now days quality dust mite covers are made either from a micro-fiber material or a breathable urethane coated fabric like cotton or polyester. Both of these fabric types will provide protection from dust mites as well as other allergens. The coated fabris also work well against bed bugs. Cost wise you will find the average price for a king mattress cover will be about $78 depending on the depth of the mattress and what fabric you choose. Micro-fiber dust mite covers will cost more but are cooler.

Everybody really needs to cover their mattress, pillows and comforters with dust mite covers especially asthma and allergy sufferers. A good mattress cover can reduce your use of medications and doctor visits, save you money and help you feel better in the morning.

Dust mite cover on you mattress, we think it is worth it.

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause
800 771-2246


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      Billie 6 years ago

      I totally agree with using dust mite covers. They are definitely worth it! However, I would treat the mattress and box springs before applying the covers to eliminate the number of dust mites already in the mattress and pillows, etc. Otherwise people can create a perfect little ecosystem for dust mites to thrive, sealed inside the dust mite covers. Not a real issue until it is time to launder them. Dust Mite and Flea Control or Dustmitex spray is safe to apply directly to your bedding and is proven to work and continue working to eliminate the population of these pesky little bugs!