9 Tips to Keep Your Mattress Safe from Bed Bugs and Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation

Having to face a bed bug infestation can be an absolute nightmare. Your bed is the most common place to find them and you usually spend the most time in it.

How to Check for Bed Bugs in the Bed

Pull back your bedding and check for any signs that indicate bed bug activity, such as fecal stains and blood spots. Inspect your mattress thoroughly and pay special attention to the edges, seams, and air-holes. Inspect both sides of your mattress.

Remember to check the bed frame and headboard and pay special attention to the staples, screw holes, corners and wooden joints.

4 Tips to Prevent and Control Bed Bugs in Your Bed

1.      Cut Off the Access Route to Your Bed

Bed bugs can’t jump or fly so they have to crawl to reach you via the legs of your bed frame, headboard, footboard and any other walls or furniture that might touch the bed.

Cutting off the bed bugs access routes to your bed will stop them biting and also block off their ability to reproduce.

2.      Set Up Bed Bug Interceptors

You can set up bed bug interceptors under the legs of your bed to prevent and trap any bed bugs that try to climb up into your bed. This will also help you monitor the bed bug population.

3.      Encase Your Mattresses and Box Springs

Use encasements to save and salvage any beds that have been infested with bedbugs. Once these encasements have been installed, any bed bugs, eggs or larvae that are still in the mattress or in the box springs will remain trapped in the encased mattress until they starve to death.

Here are a couple of other things you should consider:

●       Physically remove or destroy as many bed bugs and eggs as possible before encasing your mattress. Steam Cleaners work great for this.

●       Encasements can only remain effective if they remain completely intact so it is important to ensure that they do not get ripped, worn or torn.

4.      Don’t Leave Your Luggage Lying Around

Take extra precautions to avoid bringing any bed bugs home from your travels and avoid placing your suitcase on your bed as this allows bed bugs to enter it from your luggage.

Check for signs of bed bugs such as dark spots and smears or dead bugs that look like a watermelon seed.

Launder your clothes after returning from your travels at the highest temperature whereby the heat can kill off the bed bugs, eggs and larvae.

Make sure to vacuum your suitcase and wrap it in a plastic bag before storage after which you should immediately clean out your vacuum cleaner.

5 Tips to on How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Bedding and Mattress

1.      Isolate and Clean Your Bed

You can do this by moving your bed away from the wall and away from any other furniture that it is touching after which you can place bed bug interceptor cups under each of the legs of your bed. This liquid insecticide will trap and kill any bed bugs trying to get into your bed.

2.      Remove and Launder Your Bed Sheets, Pillows and Linens

Remove your infested bed sheets, pillowcases and other removable covers. Make sure that you carry them tightly enclosed in plastic trash bags to avoid further contamination on the way to the washing machine. Wash them in hot water.

3.      Heating and Steaming

Wash and dry your bedding at the highest setting which is usually effective at 113 degrees Fahrenheit if sustained for 90 minutes at a stretch. Switch up the temperature to 118 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 minutes to reach 100% mortality.

4.      Vacuum

Vacuum your mattress thoroughly and very carefully with the hose attachment, paying particular attention to the indentations, crevices and seams where bed bugs like hiding. Empty the vacuum cleaner bag outside and clean the vacuum container to ensure that there are no bed bugs hiding in the vacuum cleaner.

5.      Professional Bed Bug Treatment

It’s best to call in the professionals as home DIY bed bug treatments simply don’t cut it when it comes to bed bugs as these methods usually cause bed bugs to move deeper into your home to hide.

Professional bed bug treatment involves steaming or heating an infested area to 118 degrees Fahrenheit and maintaining that temperature for 70 minutes which is near impossible for non-professionals.

Residential pest control services also tend to have a more specialized and integrated approach with special tools that help in killing bed bugs in any hard to reach places as well.

About the author:

When people find their homes and offices infested with pests, it is not uncommon for them to panic. Raymond Web has taken upon him the task to educate people on pest prevention and control strategies helping them keep their surroundings healthy, safe and pest-free.

Being the digital marketing manager for Take Care Termite and Pest Control, in Tracy, CA, Raymond has in-depth understanding of people and their pain points due to pests, which he efficiently uses in his content to educate people and add value to their lives. Click here to learn more on how to find and get rid of bedbugs.

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Is Eczema Seasonal? Find out About Seasonal Eczema

Eczema is uncomfortable and unsightly. But is eczema seasonal? It can be. Read on to discover how your eczema triggers and eczema symptoms can change with the seasons and why some people have seasonal eczema while others get flares all year long.

Time for Fall BeddingSeasonal Eczema Triggers

Eczema is as personal as your DNA. That means your triggers may not be the same as your aunt’s triggers. Even though you share DNA and eczema something as simple as living at a different latitude can impact your eczema symptoms. Identifying your triggers can be a challenge because sometimes the symptoms can come on hours after exposure. This makes seasonal eczema even a greater challenge to control.

If you have had formal allergy testing, anything that resulted in a reaction can be a trigger. In addition, your eczema can be triggered by:

  • Stress
  • Humidity
  • Fabrics
  • Personal care products
  • Detergents

Let’s see how triggers can change with the seasons.

Stress

Does your stress levels change with the seasons? If so, then yes, your eczema can be don't be afraid if you've got moldseasonal if it is triggered by stress. Does the first day of school fill you with dread? Are you afraid that the others will notice your skin? If so, this stress can actually trigger the eczema starting a vicious cycle. Are you a Mom or Dad that stresses with the back to school routine of morning rush, lunches, and after-school activities and homework? Your eczema may return each Fall, just as the kids return to school.

If the winter holidays leave you stressed, your eczema can be affected. Not only is the humidity low (we’ll cover that in a minute) but if stress of shopping, parties, decorating, and family activities too high, your eczema can be triggered.

Humidity

Relative humidity is the relationship between the dew point and the amount of moisture in the air. When the humidity is low, your skin is stressed. Eczema can flare or an existing flare can worsen.

3 Winter Skin Care Tips to Keep Winter Skin Blues at BayBut, if low humidity is bad, is high humidity good? Not necessarily. When humidity is high, it’s hard for perspiration to evaporate. And anyone with eczema knows that sweating can make you itch and make eczema unbearable. Ironically, it is the sodium in the sweat that drys and irritates your skin. Sweat is one of the times that moisture is bad for eczema – the other is hot water.

So, if your eczema seems to change with the seasons, it may be changing in response to humidity levels.

Fabrics

Some fabrics can trigger eczema or make it worse. The lanolin in wool is a common allergen. Wearing wool can cause an allergic reaction that triggers your eczema. In addition, polyester or other fabrics that don’t breathe can cause you to get hot and trap sweat.

Most people don’t wear wool in summer, so if your eczema is triggered by wool you may only notice it in the winter. While the wool is a year-around trigger, you only experience it in the colder months when you and the people around you are wearing wool.

Personal Care Products

Many of the ingredients in personal care products trigger eczema. If you only use sunscreen in the summer, it may be the sunscreen and not the sun that’s triggering your eczema.

Air Fresheners Can Be ToxicDeep conditioning treatments for hair in the winter can contain parabens or formaldehyde that trigger eczema. Even your choice of skin care products is important when you have eczema.  If you find a cream such as Vanicream Ointment, Lotion, or Cream that works, then stick with it year around. If you change your personal care products with the seasons, you might find you trigger your eczema.

Detergents

It might not be the wool that’s triggering your eczema, it could be what you’re using to wash the wool. Or, if you wear clothing that has been dry cleaned in the Fall and Winter more than the Spring and Summer, you may find your eczema appears seasonal. That’s because the dry cleaning chemicals trigger your eczema.

Combating Seasonal Eczema Symptoms

Whether your eczema symptoms are seasonal or not, there are a few things you can do to prevent eczema flares and reduce symptoms once you have a flare.

Don’t scratch.  This is much easier said than done. Scratching only makes your skin more irritated and soon you are stuck in an itch-scratch cycle. The central nervous system modulates the sensation of itch and the desire to scratch. It can even happen when you sleep.  Stress only makes itching worse. The use of cognitive-behavior therapy and biofeedback can help retrain the behavior and reduce stress.  Wearing therapeutic viscose clothing to bed protects the skin from scratching while you sleep.

Topical therapy. Emollients and corticosteroid creams protect the skin and maintain its moisture barrier. Avoid products with parabens, formaldehyde, or formaldehyde releasers. Read the labels of all your personal care products. This includes shampoos and conditioners.

Maintain constant body temperature.  Don’t get too hot or too cold. Sweating makes symptoms worse, so towel off frequently when you exercise. Exposure to cold air is drying to the skin. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and avoid fabrics that irritate.  Seamless therapeutic silk underclothes puts a protective barrier between you and the fabrics you wear and keeps body temperature constant.

Know how to bathe. Never use hot water on your skin. Bathe or shower with warm or tepid water. It’d not necessary to bathe the entire body every day, especially in winter.  Washing face, armpits, and  groin/genital areas between showers or baths is better for you skin. Never rub skin dry with a towel. Gently pat dry. Apply topical therapy (moisturizers or creams) while skin is still slightly damp for best results.

Avoid triggers. If you don’t know your seasonal eczema triggers, its time for a visit to the allergist or immunologist. Testing can identify foods and environmental substances that trigger your eczema. Once you know what triggers the symptoms, you will know what to avoid. For example, if ragweed pollen triggers your eczema, you know to monitor pollen counts and stay inside on days when pollen is high.

 

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Bed Bug – A Problem No Host Wants to Face

It’s the nightmare no host wants to face.  Bed bugs!  You can screen your guests but you can’t screen out bed bugs.  It’s good to know that something as simple as bed bug covers on the mattress can save you thousands of dollars.

How Bed Bugs Travel

picture of bed bugsJust because your guest brought bed bugs doesn’t mean they are dirty people.

Bed bugs can be found in the nicest most luxurious hotels.  They ride from place to place in the trunks of rental cars and in the luggage compartments of airplanes and trains.

Bed bugs can take an Uber or be transferred during a TSA luggage inspection.

Your guests might have left home bed bug free but picked up the hitchhikers along the way. You just never know.

The best offense is a good defense.

Bed Bug Covers for Every Bed

The rental/Airbnb market is competitive.  You can’t afford to lose zippered bed bug coversrental days for fumigation and replacement of the mattresses, box springs, and pillows.    That’s why it is important to keep a good quality bed bug cover on every bed and futon in your place.

The Allergy Store has been selling bed bug proof mattress covers since we first opened.  You can find our covers in hotels and motels around the world. Our bed bug covers cover all sides of the mattress and boxspring and zip tight to keep bed bugs out.  If your mattress has already been infested with bed bugs or dust mites, you can rest assured they will not get out.

In addition, bed bugs can not chew through the material or penetrate the fabric with their feeding tubes.  A very thin urethane membrane is heat-fused to the fabric.  This means each bed bug cover is:

  • Waterproof
  • Bed Bug Proof
  • Dust Mite Proof

Even if you are lucky enough to never have bed bugs, your mattresses will last longer.

Your guests won’t even know the covers are there unless you tell them.  And you should certainly tell them about the covers.

It’s A Selling Point!

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When you have the mattresses in your rental covered, let people know!

It’s a great selling point to assure your potential guests that you care enough to make sure that they sleep unmolested from bed bugs and dust mites.   List your linens and bed bug covers as an amenity.

You can set a small table tent on each bedside reminding them that you put their comfort and health first…that’s why you covered your mattresses, pillows and box springs in the first place.

If you would like additional information about our covers just give us a call. We are happy to help. Also, we have special programs available for hotel, motel and B&B owners. Our number is 800 771-2246.

Thanks

Mike

 

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