Bed Bugs in Pillows
Learn how to tell if you have bed bugs in your pillows and the steps you should take to get rid of them.
Anyone who’s had an encounter with bed bugs (hand raised) will tell you that they are a nightmare: literally painful to deal with, tricky to eliminate, and just plain gross. That’s why we’ve compiled the top 10 bed bug facts to help keep you and your mattress free of infestations.
Bed bugs (also known as cimex lectularius) have been around for thousands of years in just about every region of the world. They can survive in scorching desert heat (up to 113°F) and chilly winter temperatures (as low as 46°F).
Like most insects, bed bugs can multiply pretty quickly. Female bed bugs don’t lay as many eggs as a fruit fly, for example, but they can live much longer.
While the worldwide bed bug population will use birds and some mammals as hosts, they seem to like human hosts the best. So how far will they go to get their fill of human blood?
Bed bugs get their name because they like to nest in mattresses, where they can conveniently feed on human hosts at night; however, they will hide just about anywhere in your home. Here are some of the places to check for bed bugs if you think you have an infestation.
It’s important to know what you’re looking for because bed bugs can be mistaken for other common pests, such as carpet beetles.
Similar to mosquitos, when bed bugs bite, they anesthetize the region where they plan to feed. Bed bug bites affect people differently. Here’s what you can expect from a bite mark.
One of the more common places people pick up bed bugs is while traveling. They are perfectly content to hang out in your luggage until an opportunity arises to nest in a less transient location. Their flat bodies make it easy for them to hide in zipper seams, wrinkles, and cracks in furniture, so take extra precautions when traveling outside your home.
Take a deep breath and exhale because you won’t catch any diseases from bed bug bites. If you do fall prey to their midnight munchies, you’ll experience itching and swolleness similar to mosquito or spider bites. Here’s how you can keep bite symptoms to a minimum.
Bed bugs can live pretty much anywhere in your home, so using a mattress protector only keeps them out of your mattress. Here are a few other ways to keep your home unappealing to bed bugs.
It may not be quick and easy, but with a little patience and the help of a professional, you can be bed-bug free.
A bed bug infestation might have you reaching for a flamethrower to burn it all down, but you can eliminate them without losing your home and sanity. We recommend taking preventative measures before a problem arrives at your doorstep. Wrap your mattress in a polyester knit protector to prevent bed bugs from getting inside. Bag up items in storage units. Check your hotel room for signs of an infestation.
We also recommend an aggressive approach to eliminating infestations once they’ve gotten a foot in the door. Use a professional pest exterminator. Buy a portable heating unit for valuables you think may be infested. Invest in a washer and dryer that can reach temperatures above 113 degrees. With the right approach, you’ll sleep easy knowing the only ones sharing your bed are the ones you want.
For more sleep and mattress facts check out our Sleep Facts, Myths, and Statistics page.