Can UV light be used to kill bird mites, rodent mites, springtails and cheyletiella mites?
As a pest control business owner specializing in mite infestations, I've consulted with thousands of mite victims in the last 12 years. I can confidently say that UV light devices are valued and recommended by many people engaged in chronic battles with serious mite infestations. Although most product descriptions for UV lamps only discuss their effectiveness against dust mites, many of my clients have used such devices to treat homes infected with bird mites, rodent mites, springtails, cheyletiella mites and fleas. In the past, I was hesitant to discuss such devices because I feared people would use them improperly and burn their eyes. Thankfully, manufacturers of such devices have stepped up their safety game when COVID came to town. Remote controls and timers allow operators to safely get out the room before disinfection begins. Nonetheless, you should always read the safety information included with such devices and contact the manufacturer if you have any questions. The choice to employ UV light as a pest control aid is ultimately your own. I do not sell or carry UV disinfection devices.
UV Disinfection Lamp
This Ultraviolet Germicidal UV Lamp Features Timer Switch with Remote Control. After Turning on the Lamp, Press and Hold the Fixed Time Key for 15 Seconds or Just Press the Button on the Remote Control, the Lamp will Start Working for 35 Minutes, and Then it Will Go Out Automatically. When the Germicidal Lamp is Turned on, Please Leave the Place of Use Immediately and Keep the Environment without Any Animals and Plants. Do not Look Directly at the Germicidal Light Source. Absorbing Too Much Ultraviolet Light can Cause Skin Irritation and Conjunctival Damage. Note: I do not own this disinfection lamp. Product recommendations come to me from callers who've tried many things in the battle against chronic mites.
This UV light chamber is big enough to sterilize pajamas, T-shirts scarves and more
I purchased this unit to disinfect masks, scarves, gloves and new clothing items purchased from the store. I was particularly swayed by a video review delivered by an experienced microbiologist who tested the unit in his laboratory. Although he didn't test the unit against mites, he was able to determine that it killed harmful microbes on baby bottles and accessories. I primarily use this machine for virus prevention in the COVID era, but it occurred to me that the machine might be valuable to mite customers who wish to disinfect things like pajamas, underwear, socks and more. That's a big advantage for folks who might not have time to wash the same shirt or sleep outfit before wearing it to bed again.
This UV light wand is longer than most
I love, love, love this COVID era product! I use it to sterilize keyboards, floor mats and packages that come in the mail. Mite victims like to pass UV wands over their beds and couches before settling down to relax. It's also a great accessory for sterilizing car seats, floor boards and steering wheels.
Other devices that may help in your fight against mites
A Small Dehumidifier is Worth it's Weight in Gold
Like all creatures, mites need moisture to thrive, and they extract it from the air. In the wild, mite populations can decrease exponentially under dry conditions. For this reason, it's a standard recommendation for mite victims to purchase dehumidifiers. In an average sized home, two cheap dehumidifiers placed at opposite ends of the structure will do the work of one giant deluxe model.
This vacuum has more suction power than most
There's no better way to trap mites than to vacuum frequently. The Kenmore Elite 31150 combines three motors to give you 20% more air power than a conventional upright vacuum while never loosing suction. This ultra powerful vacuum was rated number one by Consumer Reports Magazine, a publication that does not accept advertising dollars. The vacuum also earned Amazon's prestigious Editor's Choice award for 2019. Additional features include triple HEPA filtration to reduce allergens and a bagged design, which is essential for trapping bugs. Tip: Sprinkle diatomaceous earth into your vacuum bag to kill trapped bugs.
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