A Bed Bug Story:
Two years ago, I began to experience itching red spots on my legs and stomach. Because it was springtime, and because I was doing a lot of yard work, I just assumed that little critters were getting to me from shrubs and bushes. As it turns out, the culprits were bed bugs that had infested my bedding, mattress and pillows. I was in shock! How could this have happened? I am a clean and tidy person! I can only assume that I brought these bedbugs into my home from a business trip, during which I stayed at a well-known hotel chain!
Once the condition was diagnosed, my doctor gave me information on ridding my bedding of these horrible creatures, and, as well, I did a great deal of research on my own. In fact, I was ready to throw everything out and purchase a new mattress, box springs, bedding and pillows! With good information, however, I was able to salvage all of my expensive bedding and mattress items, at far less cost. I have discovered, moreover, that the old adage is true:
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Fortunately, I was able to take my pillows, mattress topper and comforter to a professional cleaning service, and that essentially eliminated the bed bug infestation in those items. The mattress and box springs, however, were quite a different story. There were certainly pesticides that could be used, but I worried about lingering and long-lasting effects of these poisons. The perfect alternative came with a bed bug prevention kit, which proved to be a reasonable and extremely successful solution.
Preventing the little buggers
The solution was a bed bug prevention kit that included tightly fitting and zippered covers for my box springs, my mattress, and my expensive pillows. The material is polyester that tightly covers the items and zippers in place. Bed bugs are unable to penetrate the material and ultimately die for lack of nutrition from a human body. As well, new infestations are impossible, because the bugs cannot penetrate the materials to get into the bedding products. If bed bugs are brought into your home, they will only reside on the items that can be cleaned easily – pillows cases, sheets, coverlets, pads, etc.
If you have occasions to sleep in any abode other than your own, you owe it to yourself and to your family to invest in bed bug prevention kits. Many people do not know that these critters can travel on clothing, in suitcases, etc., and that any family member can bring them into the home, where they will wreak havoc! Do your kids do sleepovers at other kids’ homes? Does anyone travel on business? Do you take family vacations and stay in motels/hotels? All of these excursions are invitations to bed bugs to infest your property!
Bed bug prevention kits range from $150 – $250 dollars dependent upon the size of your bed and mattress/box springs units. All of them include pillow protectors as well. Check with local retailers for these kits. They are becoming quite common and can certainly prevent future pain and suffering!
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