The Best Fix for Getting Rid of and Preventing Bed Bugs
If you know your enemies and you know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles.
By: Ortho Dream Team | May 31, 2018
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The real bogeyman doesn’t hide under your bed, he hides in it. Perhaps, bed bugs are more akin to vampires—brown, oval bloodsuckers that strike when you’re asleep. They do not construct nests, but instead flatten themselves as thin as a credit card and tuck away in the crevices and cracks of your mattress. While they can inhabit sofas, luggage, and clothing, mattresses give them the closest striking distance to their food source: you. Complete adult bed bug development takes place in just under a month, with females capable of laying over five hundred eggs during its life cycle. The rate of reproduction, coupled with their remarkable ability to hide, emphasizes the importance of prevention rather than reaction.
“By every metric that we use, it’s getting worse and worse.”
Over the past two decades, bed bugs have furiously returned to American homes. Ubiquitous in the 1920s and 30s, the post-war hygiene revolution and the introduction of pesticides, all but eradicated them from homes. However, the notorious outbreak at the 2000 Sydney Olympics served as the bed bug coming out party. This resurgence, some experts say, may be far more vicious than ever before. With increased pesticide resistance, densely packed urban centers, burgeoning globalization, the international community has engendered a perfect storm for the rapid transmission of bed bugs.
“By every metric that we use, it’s getting worse and worse,” explains Coby Schal, an entomologist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, to the Scientific American. “It’s just the beginning of the problem in the U.S.”
How can you keep away these unwanted pests? While there is a myriad of home remedies, and you should consider these suggestions, a clean home will not deliver any guarantees. Bed bugs can also spread into clean living rooms, new chairs, sofas, closets, and ceilings. It is nearly impossible to identify a bed bug bite from another insect, so spotting the insects is a must. Unfortunately, they can fit into tiny spaces, so this may prove difficult.
The best solution–and really only–preventative measure you can take is to envelop your bed with a Mattress Encasement. If you already have an infestation, this encasement will trap and neutralize the insects inside. As a preventative measure, the encasements deny bed bugs the ability to hide and reproduce in the cracks of your bed—making them easy to identify and eradicate. An infestation is no reason to toss a good mattress or box spring, and an encasement is a simple and swift solution to your problem. Be sure to find a mattress encasement that seals all the way around your bed, rather than a protector, which wraps on top a bed like a fitted sheet
The second war on bed bugs arrived.
Just in case, encase.