Are you looking for ways and sprays to kill dust mites? Then you've come to the right place.
In this Pest Strategies product review you can expect to learn:
- Our #1 overall best dust mite spray
- Helpful information about dust mites
- Natural remedies for dust mites
- What acaricides are
- The best way to kill dust mites
Our Overall #1 Rated Pick
(updated as of 12/18/2018)
Of all the dust mites sprays we researched and reviewed, our top pick goes to Talstar Pro.
Because Talstar has been around long enough to build an impressive track record of proven results in exterminating spiders and arachnid-related pests, such as dust mites.
It's a broad-spectrum pesticide that is known to be safe for use around people, children, and pets. It won't stain your furniture and has a very low odor. You'll only notice it right when you spray, then after that smell is gone.
Also be sure to pick up a pump sprayer so that you can apply the spray around your home. Click here to view our recommendation.
5 Bests Dust Mite Sprays
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Check out our list below for a summary of our results. Keep on reading to learn more about dust mites and the sprays and treatments that kill them.
What is a Dust Mite?
The dust mite is a subclass of spiders that is too small to be seen with the naked eye. It doesn't bite people and it's not poisonous or harmful per sé.
However, the dust mite's feces creates all kinds of problems for people with allergies and respiratory ailments. This arachnid eats dead skin flakes which is why people will have most of their problems in bed or on furniture where they spend a lot of their time, such as a favorite chair or couch.
Because they're so small, it takes a special kind of filter on your vacuum cleaner to pick them up and trap them. These are called HEPA filters and they're your first line of defense against dust mites.
Also because of their small size, the only way to really know if you've managed to eliminate them is when your allergies and respiratory problems die down. In other words, no news is good news.
Is there Any Natural Way to Eliminate Dust Mites?
How to get rid of dust mites naturally is a question a lot of people ask these days, wanting to use methods that don't rely on chemical insecticides.
While there are a few “all natural” remedies out there, their efficacy is disputed by many. Nevertheless, in the interests of fairness, here are two of them for your consideration.
One natural remedy is eucalyptus oil.
People report being able to breath easier and more freely when using this essential oil on their furniture, bedding, and clothing. Whether it actually kills dust mites or not is debatable but if people feel better after using it, they feel better.
Another all natural remedy is this spray made specifically for dust mites - a combination of cloves and cinnamon. You're told to spray it on pillows, bedding, mattresses, furniture, and clothes to eliminate dust mites.
Again, how well it kills dust mites (if at all) is an untested proposition. But if you feel better after using it, it means that the solution is working.
What Are Acaricides And Why Should You Care?
Acaricides are substances that kill mites and ticks. These include substances as diverse as targeted antibiotics, certain insecticides, and diatomaceous earth.
Acaricides are widely used in agriculture to protect crops from mites. They are also found in pet products that protect animals against ticks. Any spray or insecticide which claims to be able to kill mites is, by definition, is an acaricide.
Mites and ticks are members of Acarina, a subclass of arachnids. An acaricide can be subdivided depending on its end use.
A miticide is an acaricide that kills mites, and an ixodicide is an acaricide that kills ticks. They are available in different formulations depending on whether they are to be used on humans, animals or plants.
Two of the least-toxic acaricides are diatomaceous earth and pyrethrin-based compounds.
Diatomaceous earth is the pulverized shells of tiny fossils. The shells have razor-sharp edges that cut the exoskeleton of mites and ticks, causing them to dehydrate and die.
Although it is not a fast method, diatomaceous earth is effective and safe to use around people and can be applied directly on pets. Pyrethrins are natural chemicals derived from chrysanthemums that, although they are less toxic than other insecticides, require direct contact with mites and ticks to be effective.
Watch the video below to learn more about dust mite allergy.
What is the Best Way to Kill Dust Mites?
At the end of the day, the best way to kill dust mites is to spray them with pesticides designed to kill spiders.
There are four main sprays we'll look at that have a pretty good track record in that regard. Since they kill spiders (arachnids) they'll also kill dust mites.
You need to be aware that insecticides or pesticides (in this case the terms are interchangeable) don't kill the target pests instantly. If they were that strong, they'd be dangerous for us. It will take several days before it begins killing dust mites.
Continue vacuuming the furniture with your HEPA vacuum cleaner if you have one. It won't affect nor remove the pesticide. Rather, it will give you a sense of relief as you wait for the insecticide to take its full swing.
Dust Mite Killers and Sprays We Reviewed
As a quick recap, here are the dust mite killers we looked at.
Our #1 pick went to the Talstar Pro. Also, be sure to take a look at the Tempo Ultra. Its track record is nearly as good as Talstar's.
A word of caution; these are chemicals. Always be careful around chemicals, and don't forget to wear disposable latex gloves when handling them.
Be sure to take a look at the Allersoft Pillow Protector who don't need a full mattress protector, but only something to protect their pillows.
Talstar Pro is one of the best all around, broad-spectrum pesticides on the market today.
Originally designed as a termiticide, the label has since been expanded to cover a wide range of pests; from ants to wasps to spiders and everything in between.
The list of insects and pests which can be killed by the active ingredient, Bifenthrin, is constantly growing as more research is done on it.
Follow the directions on the label to mix Talstar with water (tap water or water from a garden hose is fine) then spray it on your mattresses and box springs.
Spray the feet of the bed and all the cracks and crevices along the walls. Also, treat all the fabric furniture in each room where you suspect dust mites are present.
After the treatment, wait about an hour until the area is dry, then the furniture will be safe for you to use. This pesticide has a very good safety record around people, children, and pets.
However, like most pesticides, it is not safe for use around birds or fish. If you have either one, cover them with a towel or blanket while you're spraying. Once the fumes have settled, you can remove the covering.
Another excellent broad-spectrum insecticide is Tempo. This liquid concentrate uses ß-Cyfluthrin, or Beta Cyfluthrin, as it's active ingredient.
Like Bifenthrin, Beta Cyfluthrin is a member of the pyrethroid family of insecticides. It's very effective against spiders and all the sub-classes of spiders such as dust mites.
It's safe around people, children, and pets with a very low rate of toxicity. It would take years of repeated direct exposure to the concentrated form every day for it to begin having any effect on you.
Spiders and mites are susceptible to its effects though. Furthermore, because of their diminutive size, it takes very little of it to kill them. It will affect birds and fish though. All pyrethroids will.
Before spraying, cover all fish tanks and bird cages in the house. Strip the mattresses and take all the pillows out of their pillowcases.
Wash the bedding in hot water. While you're at it, spray the mattresses on both sides, spray both sides of the pillows, and spray the top, sides, back, and bottom of all fabric furniture where you suspect dust mites are hiding.
After the insecticide has dried up, it's safe for you to immediately start using the furniture again.
Another broad-spectrum insecticide in the pyrethroid family is Suspend. The active ingredient, Deltamethrin, kills a wide variety of insects and arachnids, including dust mites.
Suspend has almost no odor to it at all and is effective at very low doses - one of the lowest in the pesticide industry. This makes it ideal for use around people with chemical allergies.
Since it's a pyrethroid, it is too dangerous to use around uncovered birds and fish tanks. You always need to cover them up before beginning any treatment with this insecticide. Pets and children will be safe though.
Always treat all the surfaces of the mattresses and furniture. Don't be afraid to get them wet. You don't have to get them soaking wet, but it should be wet to the touch.
This will ensure there is enough insecticide to eliminate the dust mites. This pesticide doesn't leave stains on furniture, mattresses, or walls.
If used properly, one 16-ounce bottle of Suspend will last for several years. Be sure to store it in a cool dry place since chemicals tend to react and break down in heat.
This is another pyrethroid-based insecticide, although a somewhat older formulation than the others. It's a broad-spectrum insecticide that can eliminate a wide range of pests.
The active ingredient, Esfenvalerate, is only moderately toxic to birds. It is still toxic to fish though, and just to be safe you should always cover both fish and birds before spraying any insecticides around them.
Esfenvalerate was very effective against spiders when it first debuted. However, it hasn't been used on dust mites inhabiting furniture and mattresses as much as on ordinary spiders.
Since dust mites are a member of the spider family, it may still have a strong effect on them. This is one of those situations where the only way to know if it's working is if you stop having allergic or respiratory problems.
This has a stronger odor compared to other pesticides and may cause staining on light colored furniture. Darker furniture may have stains on it but they won't necessarily be visible.
To avoid staining, put your sprayer on fine mist and spray your furniture very lightly with a smooth, fast motion. Despite all that, it is still safe around people and pets.
Nuvan strips are impregnated with an 18.6% solution of Dichlorvos. This is a cholinesterase inhibitor that works on the nervous system of anything that is exposed to the vapors.
There are some fairly rigorous instructions on how to use them though, and you need to follow them carefully because cholinesterase inhibitors are used in nerve gas.
Seal the windows and doors of the room/s you intend to fumigate with these strips. Using a masking tape around the edges of the windows works very well.
Seal all air vents with plastic, held in place with masking tape, and tape sheets of plastic over any A/C window unit. The room needs to be as airtight as you can possibly make it.
Once the strips are unsealed and placed in their plastic hangers, don't inhale the fumes any more than the bare minimum needed to hang them in the room and get out of it. Overexposure will give you a splitting headache.
Each strip will fumigate a 200 cubic foot area.
There are twelve strips in a package, so calculate the cubic footage of the room(s) you need to fumigate and hang the required number of strips in it. Once the strips have been hung around the room you're fumigating, close the door and seal it from the outside.
Leave the room sealed for seven days. After that, open all the doors and windows to let it air out. Immediately throw the strips away.
Vacuum the room, bedding, and furniture. Virtually everything in the room should be dead by that time.
Our Top Pick: Tallstar Pro Termiticide
There are a lot of dust mite sprays on the market.
Some of the all-natural products claim to work but there aren't any substantiated scientific studies to back up those claims.
Chemical pesticides, however, have an extremely well-documented record of effectiveness.
This is an extremely effective pesticide we've used for many years. It works, it's consistent, it's virtually odor free, and it's easy to use.
It kills spiders, and spider-related pests such as scorpions and dust mites, and leaves a long-term residue that will keep on killing them for weeks at a time.
A close second is the Tempo Ultra SC because it has many of the same properties as Talstar. In fact, the difference between them is more a matter of degree than anything else. They're both excellent products.
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