Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Collectors of teddy bears and other stuffed animals should realize that the plush toys can harbor dust mites, those microscopic critters that live in pillows, bedding, and carpets. Some people are allergic to the mites. Most of the problem can be avoided. Use dust-mite-proof covers for all bedding, get a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and limit the number of stuffed animals in a bedroom. Once in a while, place any stuffed toy in a baggie and put it in the freezer for 48 hours. Dust mites need air and do not like freezing temperatures.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Teddy bears and other stuffed animals can ALSO get carpet beetles, as I learned the hard way. They are very destructive, and not many pest control companies are willing to get rid of them on `stuffies'. I can't recal now how much it cost to get mine treated (this was way back in the 70s.) but I DO remember it was expensive. Beware of these liitle bugs!