Dust Mite Mattress Covers

If you only do one thing to control your indoor allergies, that one thing should be using dust mite mattress covers on your beds.

Dust mite mattress covers will protect you against the allergens in your bedroom.  The bedroom is the largest source of indoor allergens in your house.dust mite mattress covers are essential for allergy control

If you are on a budget and can’t afford to cover all parts of your bed, start with the mattress.  Then proceed to the pillows, duvet and box spring and feather bed.

If you are interested in learning how dust mite mattress covers work and how you should take care of them, read this article  in our Resource Center.

There are many dust mite covers on the market. Don’t let the number of choices overwhelm you.  Trust The Allergy Store to help you select the cover you need.


All Natural Bed Bug Treatments Not Effective

all natural bed bug treatments not effectiveIf you have bed bugs, you are searching the net for all the information you can get.  This article by EHSO is a great place to start.  If you start thinking about  all natural bed bug treatments as an alternative to synthetic pesticides, you might be wasting your time and money.

Bed Bug Treatments Found Not Effective

Researchers with Rutgers University looked into the effectiveness of essential oil based treatments and the results were not promising.  They looked at brands that used peppermint oil, clove oil, lemongrass oil, geraniol, rosemary oil, mint oil, cinnamon oil,  and eugenol as the active ingredients.  Some contained the surfactant sodium lauryl sulfate, also known as soap.  The findings were published in a fast track article in the Entomological Society of America’s Journal of Economic Entomology.

The results were not promising for those seeking to avoid conventional pesticides.  Researchers discovered that even under the best of circumstances (the treatment applied directly to the bed bug) only 2 of the products testedhad kill rates of over 90%.  In the practical world, every bug is not always sprayed with the active ingredient.  That is because bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices during treatment.

Soap as a Bed Bug Treatment?

On of the most interesting findings is that the “active” ingredients (the essential oils) in the products that were found to be marginally effective were also found in products that were not effective at all.  Could it be that the inactive ingredients (such as the surfactant sodium lauryl sulfate) are why the more effective product work?  It is interesting that the two products that were found to work best were products that also contained the common ingredient in soap.  Maybe the researchers will investigate further.

Tried and True Bed Bug Treatments

If you find that you have bed bugs, you should call on a professional that has effective tools in their arsenal.  Since the essential oil treatments have shown not to be effective, discuss with your pest control specialist what they recommend that is low in toxicity to humans and high in toxicity to bed bugs.  Treatments using heat instead of chemicals are also available.

No matter if you use pesticides or heat or other methods, make sure keep the bed bugs out of your bed with bed bug coversthat your mattress, boxsprings, and pillows are covered in bed bug proof zippered encasements.

Sleep tight…don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Til Next Time


Masks for Bacteria and Virus Protection

n95 and n99 masks for bacteria and virus must be donned properlyEvery few years when there is a flu outbreak or an outbreak of another respiratory illness, we get lots of calls and emails about what we recommend as the best masks for  bacteria and virus protection.


Pollen Masks Don’t Do the Job

Q-Masks, standard Vogmasks, and U2Sports masks all do a great job of protecting you from molds, dust, and pollen.  They are great for gardening, house work (such as dusting and vacuuming), and sports such as biking, running, and off road trail riding.  These masks provide protection from large particles (in the scale of small things).  However, they aren’t the best masks for bacteria and virus protection.

Best Masks for Bacteria and Virus Protection

Of course the best protection from bacteria and viruses is to completely avoid contact with infected people .  However if you travel, you don’t have any control over the other people on the plane or train.  If you want the best mask for bacteria and virus protection, pick an N95 or an N99 mask.  These are disposable masks that can protect you from airborne viruses and bacteria.

Several governmental agencies set the standards for respiratory masks based on the needs for protection in the workplace.

If you want to learn more about:

  • How the NIOSH and the CDC develop standards
  • What the standards are
  • What masks meet the standards

then you should read this new article at Resource Center Q&A section.

No matter the need, The Allergy Store has a mask for you.