Fall Bedding…Time to Get Your Bed Ready for Snuggle Season

 

Snuggle Time

Fall is in full force now.  It’s a great time to start thinking about changing out your summer bedding.  Even if you don’t live in an area with significant changes in temperature, it is still a good time to freshen up your bedding, especially if you have dust or dust mite allergies.

Your first line of defense is your zippered dust mite covers that you have on your pillows, mattress and boxs prings.  If you didn’t take the cover off your mattress in the Spring and wash it, now is a great time to do that chore.  A great snuggle season starts with bedding that is freshly laundered. Be sure to wash in either hot water or add some De-Mite if you are washing in cold.  Wash with the zippers in the open position and be sure the cover is totally dry before you put it back on the bed.  If you didn’t wash your mattress cover last Spring and haven’t done it recently, there is no time like this weekend to get that done!

You are probably washing your dust mite pillow covers every 2 months or so.  If you haven’t washed them in the last two months, throw them in the load with your mattress cover.  Also, try to make it a habit to wash those pillow covers at least every 6 to 8 weeks.  The oil from your hair and head can come through your pillowcase case and make the zippered cover look really dingy.

It’s also time to start thinking about warmer blankets and quilts.  If your Fall bedding includes a blanket or quilt that was not stored in a closed container, then before you put it on your bed, toss the item in your dryer and set to the fluff setting for 20 minutes.  Do not use any heat!  The tumble action of the dryer will help shake loose any dust that might have collected while it was in storage.

If your quilt/comforter isn’t protected with a dust mite proof zippered duvet cover, then you should think about using one.  The zippered cover will provide complete protection against any allergens embedded in the comforter and also help to keep the duvet/comforter itself clean. If you don’t use a zippered cover, then you can always spray your duvet, quilt or comforter or other bedding with ADMS Anti-Allergen Dust Mite Spray.  Just give it a light mist on both sides and make sure it is dry before you put it back on the bed.

If you change to jersey or flannel sheets in the fall months, make sure that your Spring/Summer sheets are washed in De-Mite or Allergen Wash before you store them.  If you didn’t wash your sheets in either of these solutions, then make sure you do wash them before you put them on the bed.  You want to start fresh.

Now if you are going to take your summer quilt/blanket/comforter and get it ready for storage, make sure it is clean first.  If it is washable, wash it and make sure it is completely dry.  If it wool or silk that is not washable, take advantage of these last sunny days and expose your wool or silk to the sunshine.  The ultraviolet light will freshen the silk and reactivate the lanolin in the wool.

If you have large plastic storage bags or tubs, they are great for protecting your summer bedding until you need it again next year.  If bugs are a problem, I recommend the use of cedar chips and cedar oil versus toxic mothballs to repel pests.

If you have allergies and are thinking about adding a new quilt or comforter to your Fall bedding collection, then I recommend wool over down or synthetic fibers.  The lanolin in wool naturally repels dust mites and also provides some antibacterial protection.

I have used both wool and silk comforters on my bed.  I prefer the wool over the silk, my hubby likes the silk better.  The compromise is silk in the warmer months and wool in the cooler months (yes we do have what we think are “cool” nights here in South Florida during the winter).

I know people really like down but it causes problems.  Not only is it a dust mite heaven, but even if you cover your down quilt with a dust mite proof cover, the protection won’t last forever.  Eventually, the quills on the down will penetrate the microweave and your cover will loose its effectiveness.

Some people like to vacuum their mattresses a few times a year.  It really isn’t necessary, but if it makes you feel more protected, then by all means, use this time of year as an excuse to do it.

Till next time

Cheryl

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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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Are You an Informed Consumer of Allergy Control Products?

About 50 million people in the US suffer from allergies. That’s a huge market for allergy-related products. Unfortunately, at the intersection of the growing number of people with allergies and consumer awareness of allergies are many many enterprising and not so reputable companies trying to make a buck. There is nothing immoral or wrong about making a profit. But it is wrong to promise people to relieve suffering and provide allergy relief if you can’t deliver. The Allergy Store believes consumers of allergy control products should be armed with information to make informed decisions. Let’s take a look at some commonly used terms for marketing allergy control products.

It’s Hypoallergenic! 

All the term hypoallergenic means is that the materials used to construct the product were not shown to cause an allergic reaction in the test subjects.  So think about that for a moment. Peanut butter is 100% hypoallergenic to people that don’t have a peanut allergy.  Got it? So that means that a pillow marked as hypoallergenic just means the material in the pillow itself did not cause allergic reactions. That does not mean that when you bring the pillow home it will not collect mold spores or dust mites. In the case of wool products, you must be particularly careful. Wool naturally repels dust mites, so many times it is called hypoallergenic. But wool contains lanolin. This natural substance keeps dust mites at bay, but it causes allergic reactions in many people.

Bottom line: Hypoallergenic is a useless term for evaluating allergy control products

drink water to prevent dry skin It’s All Natural!

These days we assume that something that is minimally processed is better. Natural comes from nature, so it must be better than anything man-made. Sounds so sensible it must be true.

Except all natural does not always mean all good.  Arsenic, poison ivy, and the influenza virus are all natural.  However, I wouldn’t recommend any of them to my friends or family.

The current raw water trend is another great example. Raw water must be great for you because it is all natural and it hasn’t been treated. Except it isn’t. There’s a reason we treat water, and it’s to kill harmful microorganisms.

Bottom line:  Evaluate these claims carefully.  Don’t sacrifice safety at the altar of all natural.

Allergy Control Products like HEPA filters reduce airborne allergens It’s HEPA!

HEPA is a measurement. Think of a ruler from your school days. It measured inches, usually 12 of them at a time.HEPA is a measurement of filtering capability. It means that 99.95% of particles 3 microns or larger are captured by the filter. “Medical HEPA” doesn’t exist. Whether you are in a medical setting or an industrial manufacturing setting or a bedroom, HEPA is HEPA. Putting the filtering measurement in a medical setting doesn’t change the measurement. There are 12 inches in every foot whether you are inside or outside of an operating room, HEPA is the same.

“HEPA like” doesn’t mean anything. Either the filtering capability meets HEPA requirements or it doesn’t. Swimming “fish-like” doesn’t make a tadpole a fish. It’s still a baby frog. HEPA-like doesn’t make something HEPA and you can’t be “like” HEPA. Either it is or it isn’t.

When evaluating any product with HEPA filtration capabilities, you need to also evaluate how and if the unit is sealed. This is particularly important with vacuum cleaners. Many models leak particles before they get to the filter. Ask about how the unit prevents leaks.

Bottom line: Only HEPA is HEPA. Don’t settle for anything less.

Allergy Control Products That Really Work

Don’t fall for marketing hype. Stick with tried and true allergy control products that really work.

Dust mite proof bedding works. It is proven every time it is tested.

Allergen Wash was proven to work in independent studies.   See the results on the manufacturer’s website.

Denaturing agents like tannic acid have been independently tested and proven effective.  Allerpet denatures allergens and the application process removes allergens as well. That’s a twofer.

HEPA air filters remove airborne allergens. Just make sure you get the right size filter for the room.

When in doubt, ask.

Got a question about an allergy control product you’ve seen advertised elsewhere? Drop us a line or give us a call at 1-800-771-2246. We’ll help you evaluate the claims. Be informed. We think that makes YOU the best consumer.

Wishing you the best of health,

The Allergy Store

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