By Jeanne Rogers. Bedding. Published at Thursday, September 13th, 2018 - 01:06:03 AM.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), bed bug infestations have been reported in all 50 states. Nearly unheard of since near eradication by DDT-based insecticides in the 1950s, bed bugs are back and in ever-increasing numbers. Bed bug reports increased by 71% from 2000 to 2005 according to the NPMA. Most pest control companies now field dozens of calls a week each week. "The last 12 months have been particularly active," said Cindy Mannes, NPMA director of public affairs. "They are showing up like never before in hotels, hospitals, college dormitories, and multifamily housing units as well as single-family homes."
Bed bugs are patient parasites. When the bed bugs feed, they pierce the human skin with their beaks and suck the blood through. Unlike mosquitoes, bed bugs take their time in feeding. They get engorged after three to ten minutes. This slow method could be the reason why people do not wake up from a bed bug bite. The most helpful articles on bed bugs are the ones that show us how to detect these pests in our homes. One sure sign that there are bed bugs under the sheets are dark brownish satins and spotting on the mattress. Experts on bed bugs identify this as the pest‘s excrement or droppings. The physical manifestations of a bed bug bite can be mistaken for other types of insects. But if tiny drops of blood on the sheets, pillowcases or walls accompany the itchy, swelling welt on your exposed skin, then you just may be sleeping with a pest on your bed. Once you have confirmed that bed bugs do exist in your mattress, most experts strongly suggest that you throw your bed away. Spraying pesticides on the bed may be poisonous for the owner, if he intends to sleep on it afterwards.
It will be your choice of mattress which will ensure your comfort in bed but your style of bed can provide an eye-catching centerpiece. Many beds can be purchased with matching bedside drawers to provide an even bigger statement piece. Chests of drawers and wardrobes can also be bought to match, giving your bedroom that showhouse feel. There are bigger and bigger beds arriving on the market all the time and there are a variety to choose from, such as bedsteads, air beds, water beds, divans, sofa beds, adjustable beds or sprung base beds. Bedsteads are beds which are usually made with a wooden frame. The base of the bed has wooden slats on which sits the mattress. Some of these beds can be made from metal and have metal or mesh slats for supporting the mattress.
Air beds are also known as blow up mattresses and are commonly used for camping as they are convenient and easy to carry. A lot of these air beds come with foot pumps but can be blown up in minutes with an electric pump. Air beds are also great for visiting guests. Water beds are just that - beds filled with water! There are two types of water bed, soft sided water bed or hard sided water bed. The more expensive water beds are made to lessen the wave effect which was common in the early models. Water beds are usually heated and a thermostat controls the temperature.
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