Friday, July 15, 2016
Bed bugs are an extremely resilient species. They can live for over a year without eating, survive temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and lay up to 5 eggs per day with a total of 500 eggs in a lifetime. In the United States, bed bug infestations have been on the rise since the 90's, and it is estimated that one out of every five people have either encountered a bed bug problem in their home, or they know somebody who has.
For these reasons, alone bed bugs should not be put into the same category as other household pests such as spiders, ants, and mice. Instead, they should be dealt with proactively. Fortunately, there are some ways to prevent an infestation. Carefully checking hotel beds when traveling, washing newly purchased clothing, and examining any second-hand furniture before bringing it into the home are all appropriate steps toward avoiding an infestation. However, one of the most efficient methods is to purchase box spring, mattress, and pillow covers for bed bugs.
These protective covers are specifically designed to keep out this minuscule pest, which is not always visible to the human eye. The covers are designed to encase your bedding perfectly, and once they are zipped shut, they become impenetrable to bed bugs. Any mattresses or pillows without protective covers could become the perfect place for bed bugs to remain dormant while they reproduce and wait to feed. And if the bedding is already housing bed bugs, the covers will help prevent the infestation from spreading further.
Hiring an exterminator and possibly having to dispose of clothing, bed sets, and other furniture could cost thousands of dollars. Bed bugs can thrive in any climate and do not discriminate against clean or dirty households, so it is best to act before an infestation ever occurs.
by: Palmetto Linen