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Bed Bug Protectors

Don't let the bed bugs bite - instead, protect your bedding with BedBathStore.com's bed bug protectors. Bed bugs are a common problem that can infest even the cleanest homes. Because bed bugs are hitchhikers, they can easily travel from an infested location, such as a hotel or store, to a non-infested one, such as your home. The key to bed bug eradication is early detection and protecting your bedding so bed bugs cannot delve deep inside your mattresses, box springs and pillows.

Start your protection at the foundation with our Protect-A-Bed Bed Bug Proof Box Spring Cover Encasement. The non-woven fabric is bed bug entry-proof and escape-proof and certified by an entomology laboratory to be bed bug proof. They also come in a full range of sizes that include twin, full, queen, full extra long, full extra long king, hotel king and cal king sizes, with two cover encasements needed for king sized box springs.

Our mattress covers come in a variety of sizes and brands. Choose from our Protect-A-Bed Economy Bug Lock Anti Allergy and Protect-A-Bed Bed Bug Proof Mattress Cover Encasement, our AllerZip Smooth Polyester Anti Allergy and Bed Bug Proof Mattress Cover Encasement, or our AllerZip Terrycloth Anti Allergy and Bed Bug Proof Mattress Cover Encasement. Allergy Protective Mattress Covers - Dust Mite Bedding Protection and Allersoft 100% Cotton Zippered Bed Bug and Allergen Proof Mattress Protectors. The Protect-A-Bed varieties are waterproof.

Finish off your bed bug protection with encasements for your pillows. We carry the AllerZip Terrycloth Anti Allergy and Bed Bug Proof Pillow Protector - Set of 2, as well as the Allersoft 100% Cotton Zippered Bed Bug and Allergen Proof Pillow Protectors.

What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small, oval, non-flying bugs that are often mistaken for ticks or small roaches. They feed on the blood of humans or animals. Adults are between 5 and 7 millimeters in length, while young bed bugs can be as small as 1.5 millimeters.

The pests have been a rarity in the United States since the use of DDT began in the 40s and 50s, but they have become more common in recent years due to increases in immigration from countries where bed bugs are common as well as the ban on using DDT.

They thrive in many areas, like cracks in wood or laminate furniture and in upholstery. They can be found in curtains, edges of the carpet, and in corners of drawers and other tight spaces. Bed bugs like sleeping areas and can usually be found beds, mattresses, box springs and bed frames, where they inhabit the cracks and crevices.

They can enter a home when birds or mammals (like bats) nest on or near the home, but they can also come in from other infested homes. They can live for months without feeding, so they can be easily transported in moving boxes, clothing and other items. Infestations can happen when the bugs are introduced to an environment via infested clothing, furniture, and other items. Bed bugs will crawl into other rooms, infesting them as well.

One way to prevent bites from bed bugs is by sealing your mattresses in bed bug mattress covers.
How To Spot A Bed Bug Infestation
The first sign that you have a bed bug problem is on your skin. If you wake up with small, flat or raised bumps on your face, neck hands or arms, you could have bed bugs. They are active at night and will bite exposed skin. These bites are often hard to distinguish from other types of bug bites, like mosquito bites, because they can itch and swell. Bed bug bites will often follow a pattern, where other bites do not. Several bites lined up in a row can indicate bed bugs.

If you suspect that you have bed bugs, check for other signs, including fecal stains on sheets and egg cases and shed skins in the cracks and crevices around your bed frame, mattress, and box spring. Other areas to check: behind wallpaper, picture frames, in upholstered furniture, the crevices between the carpet and the wall and in your clothing. Finding egg casings or skins in these areas may indicate a current or past infestation. Coupled with bites, these are a strong indication that you have a current problem. The only way to know for sure is to observe the bugs yourself or to hire a pest-control professional to inspect your home.

Should you suspect that your home has an infestation, you can protect yourself from bites while you wait for a confirmation by a professional by using a dust mite mattress cover on your bed as well as covers on your pillows and box springs.
Helpful Tips for Eliminating Bed Bugs In Your Home
.If you’ve discovered that you have a bed bug infestation in your home, you’ll have to do some work to clean your home out and get rid of the pests.

Consult a pest-control professional about insecticides that will help eliminate bed bugs. There are a variety of sprays, dusts, and aerosols that will treat the problem. A professional can also help you determine if your mattress and box spring must be discarded or if they can be disinfected.

Eliminating the adult bugs is not enough to end an infestation. The eggs need to be taken care of as well. Your home will need a thorough cleaning to eliminate the eggs and help keep your home from becoming re-infested when they hatch. Surfaces will need to be scrubbed with a stiff brush to remove eggs and casings. Drawers should be pulled out and inspected and any eggs should be cleaned out. Bed frames will need to be taken apart and scrubbed as well. You will also need to fill in any cracks in the floors, walls, and moldings. Cracks and crevices that cannot be filled need a deep cleaning with a powerful vacuum.

Stuffed animals, toys and blankets can be bagged in plastic with special pest control strips for a few days to kill any beg bugs and their eggs. Clothing and bedding should be washed in water that is 120 degrees or hotter. After cleaning, encase your mattress in a special bed bug cover to help prevent re-infestation.
How To Prevent Bed Bugs
With bed bugs, as with many things, the best offense is a good defense. Being vigilant can help prevent a bed bug infestation in your home, saving you the hassle and expense of trying to eradicate the pests after they’ve taken over your house.

Bed bugs can survive for long periods of time without feeding, so they travel well. One way to prevent a bed bug invasion in your home is to avoid bringing them into your house. When traveling, be sure to inspect hotel rooms for evidence of bed bugs, including egg casings, shed skins, and fecal material. Look at the cracks and crevices of the bed and frame, as well as behind the curtains, etc. Upon arrival home, wash all clothing in hot water. When bringing in used furniture or boxes that have been in storage, be sure to do a thorough inspection before allowing them into your home. You may also consider pre-treating upholstered furnishings as a precaution.

Regular inspection and maintenance in your home can help prevent a bed bug infestation. Check all the regular places that these bugs hide: in the bed frame, furnishings, cracks in plaster, or tears in wallpaper. Seal and repair any cracks where they can hide. Invest in an allergy mattress cover to keep the bugs from getting into your mattress or getting out if they are already there.

Keeping your house clean and clutter-free can also help prevent bed bugs from invading your home.

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