Worrying about bugs being in your bed is an awful feeling. Your sleeping time should be relaxing and healing, but if you’re too busy being concerned with bed bugs, it’s rather stressful. Your health can be affected and get worse due to the lack of sleep and even the bed bug bites. Keeping bed bugs out of your bed is the easy part, but once you have them, they’re a lot more difficult to remove. Don’t let your sleep space get to that point and follow these steps to ensure you never, ever, have to think about bed bugs taking over your Beautyrest mattress.
1. Cover Your Power Outlets
Bed bugs are small, and they use this to their advantage. They tend to fit into small crevices, such as power outlets as a safe way to get around. It’s a good idea to cover your power outlets so bed bugs don’t have the ability to travel throughout your house. If you happen to get some of these nocturnal nasties in one room and your outlets aren’t covered, there’s a good chance they’ve already made their way to other rooms in the house through the power outlets. Get your outlets covered, and you can at least prevent an outbreak from occurring in other rooms in your home.
2. Sweep and Vacuum
Simply cleaning your house could be the best way to prevent bed bugs from being in your home. Bed bugs are scavengers by nature. They go after crumbs, messes, other dead bugs, and basically anything they can get their little insect hands on. If you sweep, vacuum, and mop your house, leaving little on the ground, bed bugs are less likely to be interested in your things. Be sure to keep your house squeaky clean, and you’ll probably be very successful at avoiding the swarms.
3. Forget the Clutter
If you tend to be a bit of a hoarder, bed bugs are going to love you. Just like cockroaches, bed bugs like to find small crevices, where they can hide, keep warm, and lay their eggs. When there are boxes or piles of clothes everywhere, it’s like a bed bug’s dream. Beat the clutter by reorganizing or getting rid of some things.
4. Identify Bed Bug Bites Early
The sooner you know you have bed bugs, the sooner you can act on getting rid of them. While you can do all that you can to prevent them from even entering your house, it’s always a good idea to at least know what it looks like when an epidemic may be on your hands. Check your body for bites, which will look like little red bumps that tend to be in a line. They’ll be a little itchy and act a lot like a mosquito bite. As soon as you see this occur, call an exterminator to nip this infestation in the bud.
The earlier you try and actively prevent bed bugs from getting on your mattress, the better your chances at avoiding them altogether. Sometimes bed bugs are just attracted to dust, sweat, and more from old mattresses, which means you may benefit from getting a new one.
Visit your local mattress store today, to find a Beautyrest mattress that will help you in your battle against the bed bugs. We’re rooting for you!
Angela, Your Sleep Expert