First and foremost, completely encase the mattress; that is, cover it from top to bottom. There is a range of zippered dust mite proof mattress covers available which do just that. While water proof pads or sheets may provide some protection, and may even be advertised as anti dust mite or anti allergen, they can’t completely trap the mites, and they can’t prevent new mites from settling in your mattress. What’s more, they are not at all effective against another wide-spread pest – bed bugs.
Dust mites cause allergic reactions in millions of Americans every day. The symptoms include a congested or runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and skin rashes. They live in warm, humid places such as your mattress. If you are suffering from dust mite allergy, dust mite proof mattress covers should be your first line of defense against these pests.