Ugh, dust mites! A week and a half from now, we’ll be getting out holiday treasures such as Christmas decorations and tree skirts. The usually decorations emerge from storage covered with dust mites and other irritants. The fix– stash decorations in the freezer overnight, where dust mites will freeze and die. Then, to remove nonliving ittitants such as dander, launder the washable items in hot water or vacuum items that can’t get wet.