Archive for March, 2011

Bed Bugs: Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

When you travel across the country, you take precautions to protect yourself and your family, right? You carry only the cash you need, lock up your car doors, and keep a closer eye on your children and their whereabouts. Most people don’t think of the hidden danger that has become somewhat of an epidemic in this country though: bed bugs! These creepy, crawly, uninvited guests can be lurking anywhere and you need to take steps to protect those you love as well as yourself.

Bed bugs are nocturnal parasites. They feed off of the blood of humans and other warm-blooded creatures as a means of survival. They can cause skin rashes and other allergy symptoms, not to mention mental distress. Who can sleep thinking about bugs crawling and feeding off of them? Yuck! Once you have an infestation, these little critters are difficult to get rid of, but there are steps you can take to help diffuse the situation.

First of all, bed bugs usually live where they feed: in the bed. As an example, if you are traveling across country in an rv, you may want to check your rv mattress, particularly at the side seams for bugs or evidence of bugs. Look for shed skins, blood streaks, or droppings. if you should find evidence that these bugs have infested your rv mattress, you have two options:

1. Get rid of your current mattress and purchase a new one, one preferably made of memory foam or latex as these are less hospitable homes for the bugs.
2. Purchase a mattress cover to contain and eventually eliminate the infestation.

For most people, the second option, the mattress cover, is much more feasible. Of course, it can’t be just any mattress cover. The rv mattress should be completely encased in a tightly woven cover that is able to be zipped. The zipper teeth should be small and fit together tightly so that the little critters can’t get through.

If you simply can’t sleep with the thought of bed bugs in your rv mattress and feel you need to purchase a new one, your best option is the memory foam or latex ones, as previously stated. You may also opt for a mattress that doesn’t have side seams. Then ass the mattress cover as an added measure of protection.