Expert shares reason why you shouldn’t wake up in bed
An expert has revealed why you should always leave your bed messy for awhile in the morning – and the reason is pretty grim.
While making your bed is a daily chore, it turns out that it could be bad for your health.
This is because bed bugs thrive in warm sheets, the blood-sucking creatures having seen their numbers increase in recent months.
Pest controlers warn of a 75% increase in bed bug calls from last year, according to Lady Bug Pest Control.
Experts are now warning people not to make their beds directly in the morning – and to let the mattress “cool” to keep the bugs from multiplying.
Vicki Sims, Managing Director of Lady Bug Pest Control, said: “Once a week, remove your bedding and let your mattress air out to evaporate any excess moisture.
“Dust mites love the warmth of your bed, so letting your mattress cool will also reduce your chances of slacking off. “
Bedbugs feed on human blood at night, and their bites can cause rashes and itchy blisters.
They are spread by hitchhiking between homes, hotels, and offices, traveling over small crevices in clothing, furniture, bedding, and luggage.
MattressNextDay tapped Vicki’s expertise to share her tips for preventing bedbugs.
10 tips to avoid bedbugs in your home
1. Bed bugs prefer a dirty environment to a clean one, so be sure to wash your bedding and sheets at least once a week to prevent bacteria build-up.
2. Make sure you keep your home clean and clutter-free, because the more items you own, the more likely bed bugs are to hide. Plus, clutter increases the difficulty of eliminating bed bugs once they become established.
3. You should also vacuum at least once a week to eliminate potential bed bugs from further traveling. Be sure to vacuum any hidden hot spots, such as baseboards, under sofa cushions, and under the bed.
4. Clean your mattress at least once every three months and use this time to check for bed bugs. Pocket coil styles can be vacuumed, while foam styles require sweeping to prevent damage.
5. Once a week, remove your bedding and let your mattress air out to evaporate excess moisture. Dust mites love the warmth of your bed, so letting your mattress cool will also reduce your chances of them lying around.
6. Use a mattress protector that completely covers the mattress, leaving no entry point for annoying insects. Also, if you have bed bugs, an envelope will trap the bed bugs and they will starve to death.
7. According to the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), the ideal temperature for an adult bedbug to thrive is between 21 and 32 ° C, so it’s best to keep your bedroom cool at night.
8. Bed bugs are also notorious for hiding in cardboard boxes, so try to unpack your boxes soon after moving and never use boxes for storage. Instead, stick to plastic containers.
9. If you share laundry facilities with others, such as in student accommodation, be extra careful. When you carry your washing items, keep them in a plastic bag and once washed, take them out of the dryer and put them right back into the bag. Fold them at home where it is safer to do so.
10. If you are purchasing used furniture, be sure to inspect the item for bed bug infections first before bringing it home, especially if you are purchasing a bed frame or mattress.
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How to spot a bed bug
Bed bugs tend to come out at night looking for their next meal and always hide in groups. It is therefore difficult to spot them in broad daylight.
Although they are sometimes mistaken for chips, what makes them more recognizable is their color, which resembles an apple seed.
They also have flat bodies and large abdomens.
Where bed bugs are most often found
Despite what their name implies, their flattened bodies also allow them to hide in cracks and crevices around the room, such as in floors, baseboards, or in furniture.
However, they generally tend to stay close to where you or a pet will sleep.
This is why more than a third (35%) of them are found in the box springs of a mattress, 23% are found in the mattress itself and 13% are found in the bed frame or the headboard.
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