When you go to bed at night, you may be going to bed with more than yourself. There are many things that can set up home on, inside, and underneath your mattress. Read below so you can keep an eye out for these things.
Bedbugs are small insects that feast on the blood of animals, as well as humans. When they are full grown, they are approximately 1/4 inch long. They cannot fly, but they can more very quickly. Bed bug eggs are impossible to see without a telescope. This means you could have these eggs all over your mattress without knowing it.
They tend to live in pacts in things like mattresses, as well as box springs, headboards, and bed frames. They sleep in the day and become active while you are sleeping at night, which is when they feed on you. They do this by piercing your skin and then withdrawing your blood. You will usually find bed bug bites around your ankles, but they may also bite you in other areas of your body. You do not feel them bite you, but later you will develop red spots on your skin that will be very itchy.
If you have bed bugs, you may notice dark spots and faint blood stains on your pillowcases and sheets. If you think your home has bed bugs, the best thing to do is to call an exterminator to come to your home to spray. This is much easier than you trying to take care of the problem yourself.
Stuff from Your Own Body
The average person spends 229,961 hours sleeping in their lifetime, which is why you should make sure what you are sleeping on is clean.
Your body has approximately 100 trillion cells, but very few of those cells are human. Instead, these cells are things like microorganisms, viruses, and bacteria. When you go to bed at night, these things can easily get on your mattress. They will not kill you, but they can be very bad for someone that suffers from allergies.
On top of all this, your mattress could also have fungi growing on it. This is because you may sweat while you are sleeping. Some people sweat much more than others for medical reasons. This moisture, combined with heat coming from your body, is the perfect place for this fungi to grow.
You may also find allergens from dog or cat dander, as well as dust mites. Bacteria can grow if you go to bed with an oral, skin, or intestinal infection.
Clean your mattress by vacuuming it thoroughly on a regular basis. Don't forget to turn it over and vacuum the other side. If you want to be very diligent, take the mattress outside and set it in the hot sun to kill anything that may be growing on it.
The best way to protect yourself, is by putting an allergy barrier over your mattress and pillows. You can take this barrier off easily and wash it in your washing machine, which should be done regularly.
Wash your sheets and pillow cases at least once per week in as hot of water as they can be washed as another level of prevention.
For more information, contact A-Alert Exterminating Service Inc or a similar company.