Bedbug Blog

    • 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.

    • I’ve Gotten Rid of the Bugs - Now What?

      So you’ve successfully beaten back the tiny invaders who were infesting your home and removed the last traces of them from your bed. Surely now you’d like nothing more than to simply rest and get a good night’s sleep without any more worries about being bitten by those pesky bloodsucking bed bugs. However, your work is not quite done if you want to ensure that they don’t come back and force you to live through “Attack of the Bed Bugs: Part 2”, the sequel to the story you just finished.

      The first thing you’ll want to do is to carefully seal or caulk all of the cracks and crevices around your home, such as baseboards, moldings and the spaces around air conditioning or heating units. Be sure to get a good seal on all conduits and openings that would allow the insect a place to hide. Next, inspect your walls for any holes or other damaged spots in need of repair where you suspect that a bed bug could hide. Re-glue any damaged or peeling wallpaper and repair peeling paint, as well.

      Next, if you have a bed skirt, you may want to consider getting rid of it, as these are notorious hiding places for the bugs. If you truly must have a bed skirt, then be sure to purchase one without pleats or ruffles, because a flat surface is easier to inspect.

      Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll want to add a bit of protection to your bed itself. The most effective way to do this is using bed bug proof encasements for both the mattress and box spring on every bed in your home. When purchasing new mattresses and box springs, it’s important to have encasements ready upon delivery so that you can cover up these products before they ever enter the home. This ensures that if you do ever find another infestation at a later date, the mattress and box spring will still be protected and will not provide hiding spots for the insects.

      The new habits you developed while managing your infestation should last you for a lifetime and should prevent you from ever dealing with another one ever again.

    • How to prevent an infestation

      Keeping a pristine home won’t save you from bed bugs. Most infestations are triggered by bed bugs brought in from elsewhere. What this means is that no matter how much you scrub, you’re still faced with the very real possibility of becoming infected. Still, do not despair. There are multiple steps you can take in order to protect your home.

      First of all, be vigilant. Check your surroundings whenever you visit a public place. You should keep an eye out for telltale signs, such as a musty smell, dead bed bugs, bloodstains on fabric, or bug excrement. If you can help it, don’t ever place your purse or your other belongings on the floor.

      When staying somewhere overnight, make it a habit to inspect the bed where you will be sleeping. Have a look at the bedding and the mattress, particularly around the seams, edging, and tags. Don’t neglect looking at the bed frame, headboard, and nightstands. You want to pay special attention to any cracks and crevices.

      Another important rule is never to bring home used items. This isn’t limited to old mattresses or furniture, but also second-hand clothes. You never know where these come from, and they may end up causing you more problems than they are worth.

      These rules of thumb go a long way toward keeping your home safe, but even they can only do so much. For even more safety and peace of mind, consider investing in mattress and pillow encasements that will prohibit bed bug transit to and from your bed. You can even encase the clothes you hang up in your closet, as well as your dirty and clean laundry.

      If you’re looking to prevent a bed bug problem, there are many rules you can follow. But it only takes one bed bug to start an infestation. In most cases, encasing your belongings is the easiest and most effective option.

    • How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?

      If you’re worried that you might have a bed bug infestation on your hands, there are a few things you can do to determine if that is the case before moving on with the necessary steps to eliminate the problem.

      If you actually see a bug, try to capture it. Gently place a piece of scotch tape over the insect and then tape it onto a piece of paper. Your pest management professional can take a look at it later and let you know if the little critter is indeed a bed bug.

      If you haven’t seen or been able to capture a bug, one sign you can look for is the presence of itchy bite marks on your body. They look very much like mosquito welts, but only appear on certain individuals who are allergic to the salivary gland injection made by a bed bug. This means that one person may show these bites, while their partner sleeping in the same bed may not.

      Another sign to look for is the presence of dark fecal spots. These are partially digested dried blood and can be present on your body, clothing, bed linens, mattress, walls, or pretty much any place where you might expect bed bug activity.

      Bed bug scent glands will also emit a sickly sweet odor when the infestation is very large. The absence of this odor does not rule out an infestation, but can help you identify one.

      These are all things that a pest management professional will look for when evaluating a possible bed bug problem, but they can also help you determine for yourself whether you are dealing with bed bugs or some other insect. If you do have an infestation on your hands, do not despair! There are many non-invasive means to fight back and still keep your belongings.

    • How Did I Get Bedbugs?

      Bed bugs are really good at hiding. Their tiny bodies fit inside fabric seams and crevices and it can be very hard to determine how exactly they came to infect your home. They are known to hitch rides on clothes, luggage, furniture, pillows, boxes, and so on. Time to put on your detective hat and figure out what triggered your infestation.

      The number one culprit is usually used furniture, especially mattresses. If you’ve bought or brought in any furniture recently, check there first.

      However, if you haven’t brought in any furniture, here are a few ways to track down the source and cause of your infestation.

      If only one bedroom seems to be the problem, focus your efforts there. Check the mattress, bed frame, headboard and bed linens. If people watch TV or nap on a nearby couch, check there next.

      If a guest stayed with you or if a traveler returned home shortly before the first signs of infestation, inspect the area where their luggage was stored. It’s important to also check out the bed where they slept, then move on to the next nearest place where people sleep.

      If you live in an apartment complex and your infestation persists despite multiple visits from a professional, the bed bugs might be coming in from a neighboring apartment. You should focus on checking the rooms that share a wall with a neighbor and remember to also check any shared laundry room.

      Once you track down the item or the area that’s causing the problem, the easiest thing to do is protect your belongings by using encasements. These come in many shapes and forms: encasements for your mattress, box spring, pillows, encasements for your laundry, luggage liners, and even garment bags that you can hang up. Your home will be bed bug-free in no time!

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