Why Do Fleas Multiply So Quickly?

2lb_dustmite_largeWhy is it that fleas can suddenly spread everywhere within the house? It seems from the time span we spot our first flea to the house swarming with these terrible parasites, is only a matter of a couple hours. How do these parasites breed so quickly? And how to get rid of fleas in your home?

Flea infestations are the worst. They will develop allergic reactions as well as itchiness and redness on the skin. The moment these parasites invade our home, all chaos breaks loose. The kids, the dog and the cat are itching like crazy. The floors, carpets and bedding and other comfy surfaces are contaminated and need to be washed and poor you is left single handed to combat this assault on your home. To treat the fleas, it is important to understand first how this enemy works.

Here are some fun facts about these multiplying parasites. Continue reading

5 Things You Should Know About Dust Mites Allergies

Dust is the arch-nemesis of all households.  Dust finds its way into our homes and colonizes without our permission into the carpets, drapes, under the couches and on top of all stationary items.   Not only does dust make itself quite at home in our homes, it also attacks our immune systems.  People allergic to dust experience constant sneezing, hive outbreaks, and itchy eyes.  Children and adults can also develop asthma. It is the ultimate unwanted house guest.

People think dust is this white fluffy looking substance resembling an unraveling cotton ball.  However, dust is actually made by microscopic eight legged creatures called dust mites.  That white fluffy looking stuff is their fecal droppings and eggs.  While the male dust mite dies off after 19 days, it is the mated females that do the most damage.  The females can survive more than two months in our homes and during those two months lay 60 to 100 eggs in the last five weeks of her life.

Here are five other things you should know about dust mite allergies. Continue reading