Bed bugs

Bed bugs

Upon arrival to your exotic location or downtown hotel getaway, the excitement of a new adventure often permits you to neglect some of the more unpleasant tasks. Bed bugs, two words every traveller dreads. Preparation is key to ensure that you fully protect yourself from bed bugs.

Remember!

Bed bugs can be found anywhere, from the homes of the rich and famous to well-established hotels. It is important to check for bed bugs on arrival. Once you arrive in the room, the natural motion is to throw your luggage or jacket on to the bed, this is not a good move if you have not checked the bed bug situation or you will be bringing home an infested suitcase. We would recommend that your luggage is kept off the floor and away from the walls and furniture & that you place your items into a clean bath tub.

There are different measures that you can take but first of all, the most important thing, check your bed.

How to check your bed for bed bugs

  • You will need a torch and a credit card before you begin your check.
  • Start examining your bed linen by removing all bedding
  • Run your torch over the bed sheet to look for any evidence of excrement or blood stains. However, there may not be any signs if the bedding has just been changed
  • Examine the surface of the mattress using the torch, once again looking for excrement and bloodstains, as well as for bed bugs skins that may have been shed and eggs
  • Take a credit card to run along the mattress seam, whilst holding it open to investigate with your torch. Look out for live bed bugs, skins or excrement
  • Use the same process on buttons, traps and tags on the mattress
  • Watch out for bed bugs whilst you flip your mattress and check all around the bed frame as you do so. It is recommended that this is done by two people to avoid strain or injury
  • Move the bed away from the wall and use the torch to look for fleeing bugs, or stains of excrement or signs of blood spots
  • Bed bugs may also be hiding in the crevices between pieces of wood or in the holes of screws, so ensure you thoroughly examine the underside of the bed frame

Find out more about checking for bed bugs here.

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Bed bug products that actually work

Bed bugs are not known to transfer dangerous diseases between humans, however, their presence in the home and the itchy, red spots often left from their bites can be hugely irritating and distressing. Therefore if you have bed bugs it’s best to contact a professional to eliminate bed bugs, as well as using anti-bed bug products that work to prevent the spread of bed bugs and prevent them from biting you.

Above all, bedding encasements are highly effective. They will certainly protect your bedding from becoming re-infested and create a barrier between the bed bug and your skin. Here are two products that really work to prevent the spread of bed bugs.

Anti-bed bug pillow encasement TENCEL® Premium

How does it protect against bed bugs?

The TENCEL® fibre pillow encasement creates a breathable barrier between your skin and bed bugs. The specially engineered fibres and zipper block bed bugs from getting in, or out, of your pillow. Over time, trapped bed bugs will die from starvation.

Is it easily fitted?

The 360-degree zipper allows for easy fitting of the anti-bedbug pillow encasement and easy removal for washing.

Is it comfortable?

TENCEL® fibres are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen. For that reason, the TENCEL® pillow encasement won’t rustle or feel uncomfortable under your head as you sleep. As a result, it’s easy to clean and the fibres are eco-friendly and water resistant.

Anti-bed bug mattress encasement TENCEL® Premium

 

How does it protect against bed bugs?

If you’re worried about bedbugs, apply a mattress encasement instead of disposing of your expensive mattress. The TENCEL® mattress encasement covers all six sides of your mattress, protecting it from bed bugs, allergens and body fluids. By sealing the mattress bed bugs are prevented from getting in or out. Therefore over time, the trapped bed bugs will die from starvation.

Is it easily fitted?

The 360-degree zipper allows for easy fitting of the anti-bedbug mattress encasement as well as easy removal for washing.

Is it comfortable?

People are often worried that a mattress encasement will be noisy, rustle when you turn in your sleep or generally feel uncomfortable to lie on. However, the Allersafe TENCEL® mattress encasement has a silky smooth surface, which draws away moisture from the body and keeps you cool and comfortable while you sleep.

Is it easy to clean?

To prevent the spread of bed bugs keep your mattress protector on for up to 12 months (as bed bugs can survive without a feed for up to a year). The cover can be washed at 40 degrees and tumble dried on a normal heat. However, it is not suitable for ironing or bleaching.

For more information and advice about bed bugs and other sleep issues, visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic.

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