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Protect Against Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs = Tiny Vampires
As children most of us heard the phrase, "sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite," but for nearly all of us under the age of 50, we likely never saw a bed bug, let alone had one bite us while we slept. In recent years, this has all changed. Across the U.S., there are increasing reports of bed bug infestations, and from hotels to homes many are dealing with removing or avoiding these pests. Once bed bugs have taken up residence in your home, they can be very difficult to completely remove. So for most, the best advice is to try to avoid bringing them home in the first place! We have a variety of tips you can follow to help keep bed bugs out of your home and out of your bedding.
First, bed bugs are different kind of pest. Unlike roaches, ants, dust mites or termites, bed bugs actually target you, so it's ok to refer to these critters as tiny vampires. Much like the vampires in movies, they feed on blood. Also like vampires, bed bugs are nocturnal, and both of these factors can make spotting and eradicating them more bit more difficult. In general, bed bugs love clutter and really enjoy hanging out in your bedroom. Mattresses, box springs, dressers and even carpeting make ideal hiding places for bed bugs, and by taking up residence in your bedroom, they stay closer to their source of food - namely you. At this point, if you feel a little creeped out by the thought of tiny little vampires sucking your blood while you sleep, you're not alone. At least it's not Bela Lugosi, right?
Bed Bug BeddingSince it can be expensive and tedious to rid your home of bed bugs, you need to place more emphasis on ensuring they don't have the chance to get a foothold in your home. Since for most people, the bedroom is where bed bugs most often set up shop, we suggest paying particular attention in making your bedroom as unfriendly to bed bugs as possible. A great first step in this is encasing your bedding with Allergy Armor Bed Beg encasings. The mattress encasings are a bed bug proof, which means, even if a bed bug comes home with you, he'll find a giant "No Vacancy" sign on your mattress. Keep Bed Bugs Out of Your BeddingFor complete bedding protection you should consider an Allergy Armor Bed Bug Bedding Package. This bed bug bedding kit includes two pillow covers, one mattress encasing and one box spring encasing. These stretch-knit mattress and pillow encasings are easy to install and require only a few washes a year. The mattress cover has a special sew pattern that eliminates any gaps or holes for bed bugs to crawl through and all three pieces offer bite-proof and waterproof protection for your bedding. As an added bonus for allergy sufferers, these bedding covers also keep pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens out of your bedding too. Bed bug bed covers are a cost effective and simple solution to ensuring bed bugs find no home in your bedding.
Bed bugs are basically mini hitchhikers, and when you travel, they can easily travel with you. So when you travel, you need to take extra care to ensure you are not bringing home some unwanted dinner guests.Bed Bug Bedding Kit

  • Pack all items in resealable bags. Large bags are available at most grocery stores.
  • Carry a resealable bag large enough for your luggage itself to use in the hotel or hospital room. There are some bags which are designed for this purpose and are available online.
  • Alternately, you can use a �disposable� bag such as an inexpensive one or a second hand one that you can dispose of outside of your home before going in and keep all items inside sealed at all times.
  • While staying away from home, keep your luggage away from the bed and try to keep it elevated (on a stand).
  • Take a little time to inspect the area for evidence of bed bugs - tiny blood stains or brown stains.
  • Once home, if you suspect any bed bugs were in the room, wash all clothes in water that is hotter than 120� F immediately upon arrival. (Keep items at that heat setting for 60 minutes if possible).
  • Freeze anything that cannot be heated for two weeks.
  • Dispose of anything that was not sealed before entering the house.

By taking care when you travel, you are doing yourself a big favor in helping to avoid picking up these little drifters. From traveling to making your bedroom as uninviting to bed bugs as possible you can take these simple steps to avoid ever having to call an exterminator about a bed bug problem. Bed bugs make that old saying, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," an unfortunate truth.