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.