When you go to bed at night, you probably aren’t thinking about bed bugs – but you should be. Bed bugs are tiny parasitic insects that cannot be detected by the naked eye, but that doesn’t mean that they are not there. In fact, bed bugs can bite your flesh while you sleep, and the only thing that you’ll have to show for it in the morning is swollen and itchy red skin.
Bed bugs live strictly by feeding on the blood of animals and people. They got their name from their preferred habitat, infesting houses and especially beds or other common areas where people may sleep. Bed bugs, though not strictly nocturnal, are mainly active at night and are capable of feeding unnoticed on their hosts.
There are a number of different ways to get rid of bed bugs once they have made your bedroom a comfy home, though all of those ways require pesticides and other chemicals. Instead of waiting to find out whether or not your bedroom will suddenly become a bed bug’s favorite haven, take the necessary steps towards bed bug prevention.
How can you prevent bed bugs? When you purchase a bed bug protection set, you are effectively protecting your bed against bed bugs. These protection sets include a mattress cover, a box spring cover (incredibly important), and pillow protectors.
Simply purchase the bed bug protection set that fits your bed (available in every mattress size), and never go to sleep without being fully protected against bed bugs again. If you already have a mattress and box spring protector, then make sure that your pillows are protected as well. Many people forget about protecting pillows, though this can be a dire mistake.
Bed bugs will make a home wherever they can, including inside of your favorite pillow. When you use a pillow protector, you can are prevent bed bugs from crawling in and around your pillow. Whether you need a mattress cover with zippers or an entire set, it’s never a good idea to lay your head on any pillow or mattress without complete bed bug protection.
Keep in mind that you may not be able to see bed bugs, but these biting and crawling insects can survive whether or not you can see them. If you want to keep your bed free from any pests, make sure that your mattress, pillow, and box spring are protected. Otherwise, you just may have to call in an exterminator, and that’s never the optimal choice.
What is the Difference between a Mattress Cover and a Mattress Pad? What are the Advantages of a Zippered Mattress Cover?
Mattress Cover vs. Mattress Pad
The terms “mattress cover” and “mattress pad” are often used interchangeably, but the two items are actually quite different from one another. While a mattress cover’s main purpose is to merely protect a mattress, a mattress pad can do this while also providing extra padding and comfort for someone trying to catch some Z’s. So, do you need a mattress pad or a mattress cover? Well, that depends on the type of protection that you are looking for.
Let’s begin with the mattress cover. Many people swear by mattress covers (as do mattress manufacturers); since these items effectively protect mattresses from spills, sweat stains, and some wear and tear. When you want to increase the life of your mattress, a mattress cover is an excellent idea.
Mattress covers come in a variety of styles, sizes, and materials so that you can choose the right cover for your bed. If incontinence is an issue, then a vinyl mattress cover is a wise choice, since these covers are waterproof. Vinyl covers are ideal for children and for those of our loved ones who unfortunately need extra nighttime protection.
If extra protection is not needed, then you may want to select a natural cotton cover like our Unbleached Cotton Mattress Cover (with Zipper). Cotton covers are comfortable and durable, yet cotton also breathes well, so you won’t have to worry about overheating.
In either case, a mattress cover that comes with reinforced corner zippers will make adding and removing any cover a lot easier. A zippered cover also ensures that every inch of your mattress is covered, which may be hard to achieve with a cover that only has an elastic band.
Mattress Pads are slightly different than mattress covers since pads provide, well, padding! In addition to protecting your mattress from those spills and stains, a mattress pad will also make any bed more comfortable. Mattress pads also help keep slippery sheets in place, since they provide extra grip.
There are all kinds of mattress pads on the market, and these items come in a number of different materials, shapes, and sizes. Mattress pads that are made from natural materials are best, since these pads won’t trap heat as much as synthetic pads will – these are part of your bedding sheets essentials.
The addition of a mattress pad or a mattress cover to a bed used to be reserved for those who could afford an extra bit of luxury. Today, this is no longer the case. Modern mattress pads and mattress covers are not only affordable, they are also seen as a necessity for those who want to prolong the life of a mattress. Because of this, I actually view my mattress pad as a money *saving* purchase.
Now that the difference between a mattress cover and a mattress pad is clear, you can decide which item is best for your bed. In any case, if you want to protect your mattress from everyday wear and tear, purchasing either a mattress pad or a mattress cover is a wise idea. While most new mattresses can withstand a lot of abuse, any mattress will last longer with the addition of a mattress pad or mattress cover.