Allergies are a major health issue for millions of Americans. Whether they are food allergies or seasonal allergies, they can lead to missed work and increased doctor bills. While over the counter and prescription allergy medications are in high demand, feeling better may be easier than people realize. Instead of years on allergy medication, something as simple as buying a replacement mattress for an adjustable bed in Bloomington, MN, could solve the problem. Old mattresses can be a breeding ground for many common allergens including bed bugs and dust mites. Time and again we see people’s allergy symptoms subside once they have replaced their old mattress.
When it comes to gross things that can live in a mattress, nothing is more disgusting or disturbing than bedbugs. These nasty pests are almost impossible to kill and, if they infest a home, they may not be the ones leaving. Of course, the first question most people ask us about bedbugs is what they look like. These bugs are about 1/5 an inch long and have a dark brown, oval shell. To make things really difficult, bedbugs, like ticks, are flat, which means squishing them is almost impossible. Signs that bedbugs have taken up residence include shed shell casings, blood spots on sheets and, of course, the large welts that show up when they bite someone.
Bedbugs are such a big deal because they are hard to get rid of. Sad to say, but our experience has been that customers who are fighting a bedbug infestation are always in the market for a new mattress since saving the old one isn’t an option. Due to the fact that bedbugs transfer easily from place to place, we don’t recommend buying the new mattress until the infestation has been completely cleared up and the homestead has been given a clean bill of health.
Dust mites are another formidable force when it comes to allergies. These little bugs live throughout homes and spend their days eating dead skin cells shed by both people and their pets. While the thought of little vacuum cleaners might not be terrible, for millions of people, their effect can be devastating. Common symptoms of a dust mite infestation include itchy, red eyes, a stuffy nose, and sneezing. Basically, these little guys make people feel like they have a cold all the time and can even trigger asthma in susceptible populations.
Even though these bugs are too small to be seen with the naked eye, we have figured out a way to spy on them and the results are disturbing. One of the most discomfiting things about these little bugs is that the bedroom is their favorite place to hang out. Why? They love mattresses! Mattresses, especially old ones, are like sponges for dead skin and hair cells, which are an endless feast for these little critters.
When it comes to getting rid of dust mites, cleanliness is the name of the game. Using a waterproof mattress cover will help keep the mites out of a new mattress. Other than that, be sure to wash and dry sheets weekly, preferably in temperatures of 130 degrees or higher. Of course, when mattresses are replaced every 7 to 8 years, it does a lot to keep the dust mite population in check. Luckily, these little guys are a lot easier to get rid of than bedbugs.
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