When you were younger, your mother probably told you at some point before turning off the light, “Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” While intended to be silly and cute, this turn of phrase is pretty serious at the heart of it. Bed bug bites can be extremely painful, and these critters are extremely difficult to get rid of, especially without professional help.
Here are some of the creepiest things that our team at Restwell Mattress found out about bed bugs. They may inspire you to throw out that old mattress and look a replacement mattress for an adjustable bed in St. Louis Park, MN.
Although it is possible for you to know that you slept in a bed infested by bed bugs by the blisters you get the next day, it is not always obvious. You might have had an infestation and bites with really no visible effects at all.
One thing that is a little bit creepy about bed bugs is that they catch a ride on a host and spread to other areas from there. If you slept on a mattress infested with bed bugs and then went and slept somewhere else or had contact with someone else, you might be the vehicle for bed bugs to spread.
Bed bugs are intelligent in that they know to hide during the day and typically only bite when they know that you’re asleep. They can detect when you are sleeping by the carbon dioxide you emit in your sleep.
Bed bugs are incredibly small, often as small as a single mattress stitch. The mattress you sleep on tonight might be infected with bed bugs, and you wouldn’t know, because these bugs are virtually impossible for the naked eye to see.
Bed bugs are practically impossible for you to get rid of on your own. Many people make the mistake of thinking they can vacuum up all the bed bug eggs to stop an infestation in its tracks. However, bed bug eggs are coated in a glue-like substance that even the strongest vacuum won’t be able to do anything about.
Bed bugs are resistant to cold temperatures, but not hot. If you suspect a bed bug infestation, put all of your clothes and bedding in the washing machine on the hottest possible setting for the best chance at killing of them.
If you think that just leaving an old mattress alone will cause the bed bugs to die eliminating the problem, think again. Bed bugs are bloodthirsty little creepy crawlies that can actually live for several months without feeding at all.
In addition to cold temperatures, there is one other thing bed bugs are resistant to—pesticides. The pesticides available to most consumers are not recommended for use on mattresses, as they can be hazardous to health. If you are sleeping on an old mattress and worried it may be infested by bed bugs, don’t wait for the problem to get worse. The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to toss out the mattress, hire professionals to treat the infestation and then, get a replacement mattress.
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