It is important to wash all clothes, towels and bedding in scalding water to ensure complete eradication of mites. The washing cycle should be followed by a super hot dry setting to close the chapter forever.
The Scabies mites can only survive for about 48 to 72 hours once they are outside the body of the host. All items that cannot be washed should be vacuumed at the earliest.
Once the cleaning is complete, it is important to throw out the vacuum bag and clean the vacuum with a rug dipped in water and bleach without any delay. A mixture of water and bleach can also be used to clean all surfaces.
Read on to know more about the steps to follow to get rid of Scabies –
1. The Lifecycle of a Scabies Mite
Scabies mites that stay back in the clothes and other items die a natural death after 48 to 72 hours.
This process is called self decontamination.
In other words, if you have kept clothes in a drawer or a cupboard, the scabies will naturally perish after this time period.
2. The Cleaning Process
From the first day of the treatment, it is important to get in control of the situation and the mites.
The important thing to remember is that mites cannot survive outside the body of the host.
Hence, it is important to keep the home and all other belongings clean. Give these nasty creatures no opportunity to survive.
3. Clothes and Personal Items
Items or clothes that have not been touched by the skin for over a week need no washing. But if you are not sure of the duration, just wash everything off including your clothing, mattresses, bed sheets and even car seat covers. Also remember that human itch mites cannot survive on pets, so let them be.