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    • What Illnesses Do Bed Bugs Spread

      We all know that bed bugs can leave bites on your skin.  But so do many types of insects, and is this really a cause for concern?

      It’s not entirely certain if bed bugs can spread other diseases to humans, such as leprosy or oriental sores.  Cases of these are poorly documented, however being bitten by a bed bug is a cause for concern, whether as an infant or an adult.

      The greatest risk, for certain, would be irritation of the bites.  Not all people react the same to bed bug bites.  Typically, a bed bug bite will not become visible until a day or two after the actual bite from the bug.  However, sometimes the bites do not show at all, since some people do not react to being bitten.  For people who are very allergic, large wheals can appear that will gradually shrink.

    • What Is a Bed Bug infestation?

      Bed bugs do not just come out of thin air.  They are brought into our home, usually by our own or someone else’s luggage or clothing.  So what is your first notion that you may have an infestation?

      Often a person will start with some unidentified bites on their body.  Since bed bug bites start with a venom that causes paralysis to the pain site, recognition of the bite usually comes later.  A person will go to bed feeling fine and then wake up to itchy bites.  However, just waking up to some bites on your body doesn’t accurately identify an infestation.

      Adult bed bugs can be seen by the naked eye.  They are reddish brown in color, wingless and about the size of an apple seed.  Immature bed bugs can also be seen with the naked eye but they are much smaller than the adults and whitish yellow in color, which makes them more difficult to see.

      Another thing to look for would be the bed bugs molted skin.  In order for the bugs to grow, they must shed their skin a total of 5 times, leaving thousands of these skins present in the inner corners of the mattress.

      There are several different places to look for the bugs or their skins.  Those include:

      • Mattress seams
      • Behind head boards
      • In the junction between the ceiling and wall
      • Along baseboards
      • Stuck to personal belongings

      One other thing to look for is fecal spots.  Bed bugs will leave these every 5 days of feeding or so and can be found in the same places as the bed bugs themselves along with the following:

      • Behind pictures
      • At electrical outlets
      • In curtain seams, or gathered around the rod
    • What to do when you get Bed Bugs

      The first thought that comes to mind in most people once they discover their home has become a nesting ground for bed bugs is to get rid of them.  But before you reach into your cabinet for an old can of bug spray and start covering the whole house with it, there is one important task you need to take care of first, and that is identifying the source of the infestation.

      The first location that comes to mind when identifying the source of bed bugs: the bed of course!  And although that is a valid location to start out, you will also need to look under the tufts, seams and folds of the mattress as well.

      Now despite their namesake, Bed Bugs are not only found in beds or under mattresses.  Parasites can make a home in almost any area of your home.  You can find them hiding in droves beneath your carpets or in shag rugs.  You can find them crawling through the clothes in your dresser or closet.  You can also find them crawling around anywhere from the cracks in your walls to the light bulb shrouds beneath your celling fans.

      Bed bugs, despite their cozy sounding name, are still creepy crawlies and they can be found in any area of the house.  So even if you think you may have only a small infestation of bugs you should probably still consider calling pest control to handle your infestation.

    • Where do be bugs come from?

      The biggest question asked by many annoyed homeowners with bed bug infestations is where do bed bugs come from?  Even homeowners that maintain the highest standards of hygiene and order come into contact with these bloods sucking parasites, but how?

       

      For starters, there is not a single country in the world that has not been visited by bed bugs. Since the early epochs of history bed bugs have always managed to stow themselves away in the bags of unsuspecting travelers.  Bed bugs being just ¼ inch in size can easily sneak into baggage, luggage, clothes, trailers, planes, trains, buses, anything and everything without being noticed.  If you have recently traveled or had a visitor staying in your home, chances are that the bed bugs have hitched a ride in the travel luggage or baggage.  They tend to hide in the seams of baggage and become uninvited guests in your home.  If your next doors neighbors have a tendency to visit you, it’s possible they’ve brought a few bed bugs into your home.  Your laundry room may also provide a way for bed bugs to enter your home.  One day, if you’re allowing a friend or neighbor to use your laundry room chances are that they have passed on a few bed bugs to you without you knowing it.  Many people launder their bed linens and clothes in case of an infestation and may unconsciously bring along some bed bugs in their laundry bags.

      The bed bug is a well-traveled parasite and can always find a way to make a person’s home their home. 

    • Worried about bed bugs when you head off to college?

      Dorm life is an exciting prospect for upcoming freshmen, but living in close quarters with so many people is not all fun – it can be scary, too. You probably already know all about how to protect yourself against transmissible diseases. But do you know how to protect yourself against bed bugs?

      Bed bugs like to live inside bedding and laundry. They nest in dark crevices and their eggs can fit by the hundreds in fabric seams where you can’t see them. They can travel up to 200 feet in one day, and it’s easy to see how this could become a problem in highly populated areas. But being aware of this threat only solves half of the problem. It’s equally important to take steps and protect yourself from bed bugs.

      Luckily, there are a few easy fixes you can implement as you do you back-to-school shopping. One important thing to do is not to leave your clothes in a pile on the floor. Instead, put them in a special anti-bed bug laundry bag. Your room will look nicer, and your clothes will be safe too! If you’d like extra safety, you can have one bag for dirty laundry and a separate bag for clean laundry.

      Protecting your bed is pretty easy, too: all you need are mattress and pillow encasements. Like the laundry bag, the encasements are made in such a way as to prevent bed bugs from nesting in their seams. A lot of them will also protect you from dust mites, other allergens, and bio-fluids for a safe and comfortable night’s sleep.

      Whether you’re already dealing with a bed bug infestation and need help managing it or you’d like to stay on the safe side and prevent one, these are some important steps that you can take right away.

    • Bed Bug Dos and Don'ts

      Most people have heard of bed bugs, but if you haven’t had a firsthand experience with an infestation then you may not know how to deal with them appropriately. No one is immune to bed bugs; if you’re not prepared, they can come from anywhere and find their way into your home when you least expect it. To help make sure you’re prepared to deal with any potential bed bug encounters in the future, there are some important dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

      One of the first and most important things to do is to learn how to recognize a bed bug infestation. If you know what these critters look like and the typical signs that may indicate their presence, then it will be much easier for you to deal with them efficiently and, hopefully, stop any problems before they get too bad. Once you’ve learned how to spot a bed bug and recognize the telltale signs of an infestation, the next thing to do is to inspect your home for bed bugs.

      If you find that you actually do have bed bugs, then there are a few important things that you should NOT do. Near the top of this list is to not freak out, as there is no need to panic. If you stay calm and act responsibly, you should be able to fix the issue before it gets any worse.

      There is no reason to throw out your expensive mattress and box spring, even if they are infested with bed bugs. Special bed bug-proof products like the SecureSleep™ encasements offered by Bedbug.com will allow you to retain these items while protecting you and your family from the bed bugs inside.

      Another important thing to keep in mind after finding bed bugs is that you should not re-locate to your sofa or move items around in your home! If you have bed bugs, these actions will only serve to spread them into other areas. The best response is to contain the pests with bed bug-proof encasements, as mentioned previously.

      Managing a bed bug infestation doesn’t have to be challenging if you keep your wits about you.

    • Why Should I Be Concerned About Bed Bugs?

      Anyone who has had to deal with a bed bug infestation before could tell you that it’s not a pleasant experience, but still many people will dismiss the threat and assume that it won’t happen to them. However, even if you haven’t had to deal with bed bugs yourself, you should know about the problems they can cause and at least be prepared to deal with them in case you need to. So, why should you be concerned about bed bugs?

      For one, bed bugs are parasites that feed on the blood of animals and people. They typically bite people on the head and neck, and will also bite bare arms, torsos, hands and legs. While this sort of vampiric action may not be as scary as an encounter with undead creatures of the night like you might see in a horror movie, you probably don’t want to be the meal of another living creature.

      Additionally, if you find even as few as 40 bed bugs in your home, it is possible for them to reproduce to over 6,000 bugs in as little as six months assuming that they have sufficient food (Hint… YOU are all the food that’s needed to support such a large colony of these critters). Once an infestation is active, the insects spread easily and this makes the task of trying to control them much more difficult – sometimes even impossible, if left unchecked for too long.

      Finally, aside from the inconvenience and hassles involved with trying to eradicate an infestation, bed bugs have also been discovered to harbor 28 different human pathogens. Fortunately, the transmission of these diseases to people has not been demonstrated, but the potential is still there.

      If you weren’t concerned before, hopefully we’ve given you something to think about. Don’t neglect to protect yourself and your home before it’s too late!

    • Sleep Tight and Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite

      We all heard the expression “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” as children and have perhaps even said it to our own kids. But what sounds like a silly children’s rhyme can be, in fact, a very serious matter.

      Bed bugs are a real threat. They like to live in fabric seams and tiny crevices close to areas where people sleep. During the night, they come out and feed on the blood of innocent sleepers. Simply tucking your children into bed won’t keep them safe, but there are steps you can take in order to avoid them being bitten.

      If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation or would simply like to prevent one, the easiest thing you can do is to invest in encasements. Mattress encasements wrap snugly around your mattresses and prevent bed bugs from passing through. And the best part is that they aren’t only made for adult-size beds, but come in crib sizes too!

      Mattress encasements aren’t only great for stopping bed bugs, they also have additional great health benefits. SecureSleep™ mattresses are treated with anti-microbial protection, as well as hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial components. They provide a dust mite barrier and keep bio-fluids away from the mattress, as well. These are all good things to look for in order to provide a healthy environment for your children. It’s also important to choose encasements that are pesticide-free, in order to ensure a safe night’s sleep for your family.

      As a parent, there is nothing worse in the world than a threat to your child. Still, there is only so much you can do to protect them personally, and every parent knows the value of a good night’s sleep. Protective mattress encasements are a good way to keep your babies safe when you aren’t there to do it yourself.

    • Protect Your Health and Prevent Infestations with a Pillow Cover

      One of the most important parts of any bed bug prevention or management plan is encasement. You’ve probably already looked at encasing your mattress – but did you know you really should have your pillows encased, too?

      Having a clean and bug-free place to rest your head after a long day’s work is very important. That’s exactly what pillow encasements do for you – they prevent bed bug transit to and from your pillow. We use a patent-pending Zip Tech™ zipper technology with 3-way protection and reinforced seams to guarantee that no bed bugs will make it past our defenses. In addition, SecureSleep™ pillow covers protect you from dust mites, other allergens, and bio-fluids, too. Studies say we spend about a third of our lives sleeping. Since this is likely a significantly higher amount of time than you spend on most other activities, comfortable and healthy sleep really isn’t an area you can afford to ignore.

      For those who are always on the go and like to bring some of the comforts of home along on their trips, travel pillow encasements are an important consideration. Traveling increases your risk of being exposed to bed bugs. Chances are the last hotel you stayed at or the last airplane you flew on has recently battled an infestation. Don’t bring those pesky critters home with you! Travel pillow encasements will keep the bed bugs away and also provide you all the same extra health benefits as the standard pillow encasements.

      Whether you’re putting together a plan to manage your bed bug infestation or you’re simply preventing one, the first thing you should invest in is encasing your pillows and your mattress. Not only will it help with the bed bug problem, but it will also improve your overall health. Trust us, it’ll be one of the best decisions you ever made.

    • Non-Insecticide Treatment Is Still the Best

      When you’re faced with a bed bug infestation, you’re ready to do anything to make your home safe again as soon as possible. You might be tempted to handle the situation yourself and spray insecticides, but this poses a greater health risk than the bed bugs themselves.

      Bed bugs do not spread disease, but insecticides can harm children, pets, pregnant women, and more. To confirm the infestation, you need to contact a licensed pest management professional. They will be able to recommend the best plan of action for your particular situation and, if needed, spray your home with legal, safer insecticides. They will also recommend a host of other solutions to manage and speed up the bed bug removal process.

      You need to thoroughly scrub infested rooms and use a vacuum to remove bed bugs and their eggs from crevices. Take apart bed frames, take out drawers, and turn furniture over to expose any intruders that may be hiding in there. Vacuuming these locations frequently and immediately removing the canister and freezing its contents for two weeks will help keep the number of bed bugs down.

      Any items that won’t be damaged by heat – like blankets, linens, clothes, and more – can be de-bugged in the dryer for 60 minutes on the hottest setting. You can also take some of these items to a dry cleaner, but just let them know that there is a chance they may be contaminated.

      Most importantly, you can encase your mattress, box spring, and pillows to prevent bed bug transit. These encasements must stay on for a year and a half and they should be inspected regularly. It’s important to completely cover any holes with permanent tape or to replace the entire encasement. The bugs trapped inside will eventually die.

      The insecticides do only half the work – it’s important to consider the options that are less harmful to your health in order to manage a bed bug infestation.

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