Sleeping with Bed Bugs?

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Are you Sleeping with the Enemy?

Bedbugs are a mystery for many! Although all bites are not bed bug related, and some people have no reaction to bed bug bites, this is usually the first sign that you may have trouble brewing. Are you sharing your bedroom with bedbugs?

Pillows, Sheets and the Science of Bedbugs

bedbugs and bed sheetsPillows and mattresses are a bedbug sanctuary. As you retire for the night, these little culprits may be occupying your space in the bedroom.
A recent study found that bed bugs have favorite colors. In various experimental situations, mature bedbugs were attracted to black and red. The researchers believe this is because black and red are mistaken for other bed bugs or that the bed bug feels better camouflaged on the darker hues thus protecting themselves from their attackers.

So when choosing sheets, go for the bright whites and yellows. Total encasement of the mattress in a cover with a zipper is an option, but not an effective one. Encasement may slow bed bugs on your mattress, but it has zero effect on bugs living elsewhere in your home! Save your money and skip the encasements.

Understanding Bed Bugs

According to the University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources Department, an average bed bug can go for anywhere from 2 weeks to 18 months between feeding, if the right conditions of temperature and humidity are present. Some adults have even survived longer than that without food in the laboratory at low temperatures.

Pay close attention to crevices and folds in the mattress, which are great hiding places. Check your pillows and mattress for evidence left behind by these little evildoers.  Bedbugs will shed their shells as well as leave behind small brownish stains on material after feasting.
Also inspect the box springs and surrounding furniture!

If you find evidence of bed bugs sharing YOUR bed, call us for your free inspection.
Sleep tight!