The bed bug is a very disturbing insect that feeds on human’s blood. They are brown or reddish in color and always prefer to feed on humans. Dirt and a stinky environment attract them and they usually make the mattress, cushion, and other types of furniture their habitat. In fact, their name suggests that the mattress is one of the best places these insects prefer to pitch their tent. It is therefore, always important to protect your mattress against bedbugs. What are the reasons why a mattress will be harboring a bedbug and what are the things to do in order to keep these insects out of the headboard, head frame and other areas they would love to hide?
Obviously, the most ideal way to keep bedbugs out of your home and mattress is by prevention. Prevention is always better than cure and the best way to prevent them is to observe a proper cleaning routine on the mattress.
Make sure you keep the mattress neat at all times. If there is a spill or other kinds of accidental dirt, take water and a detergent to brush off the stain and leave dry before lying on the bed. This will prevent any stinky smell that may attract a bedbug. Even if there is no accidental stain on the mattress, a regular vacuum cleaning is essential to get rid of dust or other substances that may invite bedbugs into your bed. You also need to wash your mattress at least once in a while to remove any stains that may not be possible during regular vacuum cleaning.
One of the most common methods of protecting mattress against bedbugs is through encasements. Here are some points you need to know about bedbugs encasements:
It is a little different from impregnated mattress covers because the latter is not likely going to kill the bedbugs since they require a prolonged exposure to chemicals before any mortality can occur. Moreover, introducing a chemical into a sleeping environment is not advisable, especially to someone who is having allergic issues.
Incasing the mattress can also help prevent an infestation of bedbugs. You can incase both the box spring and the mattress in a protective cover which can trap and kill bugs currently staying in the mattress as it will also help to keep bugs out. Encasements can equally make it easier to spot and kill any bedbug staying on the outer surface of the mattress. Encasements specifically meant for the protection against bed bugs are available for sale in most stores that sell mattress and mattress toppers.
However, mattress encasements can be used as a preventive measure (proactive encasements) and for elimination purpose (reactive encasements.
Once the mattress is encased before it is being used (proactive), it can help detect any trace of bedbugs on time. Bed bugs won’t be able to get inside the mattress once it is encased. The major reason why it is very difficult to get rid of bedbugs from a mattress is because they go inside the mattress and hide where they become very hard to detect. But with the proper encasement of the mattress, the bedbugs will be limited only to the outer surface which makes them easier to detect during visual inspection. Even though they may be still present on the outer areas of the bed, the encasement of the bed makes it impossible to infect the box spring or the interior area of the bed.
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In conclusion, newly manufactured mattresses cannot be infected by a bug because they are tightly sealed which create an inhabitable environment for any living thing. But if the mattress is not properly cared for or there is an existing bedbug infection in the home, they can infect the mattress. So, a proper care is needed to prevent the invasion of bedbugs in your mattress.