How to Prevent Bed Bug Bites Using a Bed Bug Proof Mattress and Sprays
Everybody who travels should know how to prevent bed bug bites. Ideally, you’d never want to be exposed to them at all, but we don’t always live in an ideal world, so anytime you’re anywhere you’ve even have the slightest suspicion that there might be bed bugs, at home or at hotel, then you need to take precautions to ensure you don’t get bitten.
Bed bugs are small brown insects that feed on the blood of warm blooded mammals. They are similar in that respect to ticks, fleas and lice. Unlike ticks, they don’t generally attach themselves to you and follow you around. Unlike fleas and lice, they’re not designed to move easily through hair, so they don’t stay with you. They do, however, bite.
The bite itself is generally painless and, for the most part harmless. In this respect, you can think of it like a mosquito bite. Unfortunately, exactly like a mosquito bite, they tend to irritate human flesh. Which is a fancy way of saying that their bites itch.
They also tend to stay in crevices, folds, and seams, which makes them both hard to see and hard to find. This is one of the things that has helped them spread, because people don’t realize that they have gotten into their luggage. This is one of the main reasons that bed bug infestations have reached an epidemic level.
One of the easiest ways to prevent you from getting bitten is to use a bed bug proof mattress cover. These mattress covers are specifically designed to keep bed bugs sealed in and are designed to be bite proof. These are a very good idea if you spend much time traveling.
The covers only work if they’re used correctly. Which is to say they need to seal the entire mattress completely, making certain not leave the zippers open. You also need to make sure they between uses you have them treated to kill the bed bugs.
This means you either need to wash them in very hot water, or you need to have them spend time in the freezer between uses. Either heat or cold will kill any bedbugs. You also need to make sure you keep the mattress cover sealed in a plastic bag between use and washing, otherwise you might have unwanted guests.
There are also sprays that you can purchase that will keep bed bugs off of you while you sleep, and if you think you’re going to be in a position where you might get bit but can’t have a mattress cover, then this might be an option for you.
You’ll need to choose a spray that won’t irritate your skin, and one that actually works, and both of those are beyond the scope of one article, but I am, absolutely sure that you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for.
The best way to prevent bed bug bites to never let them have the chance to begin with. But since you might have no choice, I thought you’d want to know how to prevent bed bug bites.