This is an in-between time of year. We can never be sure if we are done with Winter or if Spring has actually arrived to stay. Do we turn on the air conditioner or the heater? One thing is for sure-the bunnies are out!

Yes, I meant Dust Bunnies, not the Easter rendition. What are they? Dust bunnies are small clumps of dust that hide under furniture, in corners, under beds, and under nooks if not cleaned regularly. They are made of hair, lint, dead skin, animal hair, spider webs, dust, trash, and other debris held together by static electricity. Bugs, parasites, and dust mites can hang out in dust bunnies collecting bacteria that can be part of allergic reactions this time of year.

Dust bunnies are attracted to electronic devices creating major damage by obstructing air flow through heat sinks. When a device gets too hot, there is a short with restricted life span of the item.

Why Now?

As the weather turns fresh, warmer, and is not the hot humid, buggy summer time, we tend to open up the windows and doors more frequently. When this happens toxins from the air mix with decomposing insects, material tracked in from shoes, food debris, fiber from clothing, and bedding, mixes with soot from smoking, food, and pesticides to form the dreaded and toxic dust bunnies. No wonder we sneeze from this!

Every place you have walked comes into the house. Everyplace the dogs/cats have walked also comes in the house. The track of smut is much more lethal than eating pesticide sprayed fruits. Are you grossed out yet? Time for some house cleaning!

Where do they live?

Bunnies love the dark crampy places under your bed, behind the refrigerator, under the couch, behind the bookshelves, and even lamp shades. Baseboards and hardwood floors are a fun place to meet other dust bunnies for hang outs. Although carpet is a less favorable place to find them, vacuuming a minimum of once every week is a good way to keep them at bay. Have you checked your pantry lately? What about checking under the sofa cushions? What’s behind those blinds?

Go Away!

Getting rid of the dust bunnies requires several house cleaning tactics. Wet mop the uncarpeted floors since dry mopping and sweeping kicks up more dust. Vacuum with a high efficiency air filter to trap contaminants. Remember to vacuum the cushions also. Keep a microfiber cloth handy to wipe behind electrical devices, such as a TV or computer. Use only high quality filters on your air conditioning system changing the filters monthly. Do not invest in an ozone air filter as they do not remove the dust or airborne particles. Finally, invest in a maid service to deep clean at least every 3 months. Baseboards will need to be thoroughly cleaned also.

Easter Bunnies VS Dust Bunnies

It’s that time of year when the Easter Bunny comes out. You don’t want the kids crawling on the floor for their Easter baskets among the dust bunnies. Kids are most vulnerable to catching something from the bacteria stored in the debris. Call a maid service so you can make memories with the Easter Bunny not the dust bunnies!