In recent years, American Bedding has pioneered a new kind of mattress cover to address the growing problem of bed bugs. We have created our new inverted seam mattress cover, which has been independently certified through rigorous testing to be Bed Bug Proof.
The unique Bed Bug Proof qualities of our mattress covers are twofold: the fabric from which they are made and the unique way in which those fabrics are sewn together. Our Bed Bug Proof covers are made from either SOFlux OX™ Nylon or ANTI-BAC™ Vinyl fabric, which do not provide hiding spots for bedbugs. Unlike these smooth, anti-bacterial surfaces, regular quilted ticking gives the bed bugs room to burrow in and hide during the day, as well as a place to reproduce and lay their eggs.
Additionally, a standard quilted mattress has seams that have been tape-edged together, allowing more places for the bed bugs to run and hide. Even a standard Nylon or Vinyl cover often has these seams and edges that allow the bed bugs places to hide and reproduce. The unique design of our Bed Bug Proof cover has an inverted seam, and a rubberized, bed bug proof closure, making it a hostile environment for the bed bugs, and giving them no place to proliferate.
Choosing a bed bug proof cover can save rescue shelters, transitional housing residences, and even summer camps from the pain and frustration associated with bed bugs, and can save those organizations the time and money involved with eradicating Bed Bugs and replacing contaminated sleep surfaces.
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Bed Bugs-Don’t Let them Creep up on you!
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on warm-blooded animals. They are a flattened oval shape, ranging in size from 1/4” to 3/8” long and are mahogany or red-brown in color. They live in dark spaces close to their food source, and are most active at night. Bed bugs commonly reside in the seams of mattresses, in the edges of carpeting, in the bed frame, behind baseboards, window, and door casings, in curtains, picture frames, loosened wallpaper, and cracks and crevices in the walls and furnishings because of the easy access to human food source. They can enter a structure by attaching to clothing and bedding and by hiding in luggage, and in certain cases they may be brought in by birds or other small animals. Once bed bugs have entered an inhabited structure, they will feed and proliferate, laying their eggs in the small, dark crevices in which they spend the daylight hours, and ultimately infesting the entire structure.
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
Although the problem of bed bugs has been around for centuries, there has been a recent insurgence of bed bug infestations in North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. Although a relatively small percentage of residences are infested, these insects can stow away in luggage, used furniture, clothing, pillows, boxes, and other objects that are being moved. Because of the large volume of clients coming and going each year, summer camps, retreat centers, rescue missions, homeless shelters and transitional housing organizations are particularly vulnerable to infestation of bed bugs – it only takes one client to bring in enough bed bugs to infest an entire structure.
- Clients complaining of bites that occurred while sleeping
- Evidence of molted bed bug shells
- Small, white eggs found in the tape-edging of the mattress, box spring, edge of the carpet, corners of the furniture, etc.
- Small reddish-brown blood stains or fecal material on the bed linens
Why are bed bugs so difficult to get rid of?
Once a structure has become infested with bed bugs, they are very difficult to completely eradicate. Unlike most animals, bed bugs only need one blood meal per year in order to survive; therefore, even seasonal organizations are at risk for permanent bed bug infestation. Additionally, bed bugs are generally nocturnal insects, doing most of their feeding and moving at night. They are also adept at hiding in small, hard-to-reach places during the cleaning/eradication process. Furthermore, bed bugs can move between rooms through voids in the walls, holes through which wires and pipes pass, and even on the clothing of people. If even one bed bug or bed bug egg is left during the eradication process, the potential for re-infestation remains very high.
What can I do to Prevent Bed Bugs?
Organizations should be aware of the threat of bed bug infestation and learn to limit the potential for this devastating problem. There are a number of factors that increase an organization’s risk of becoming infested with bed bugs. These include:
- Used Furniture and Mattresses
- Quilted Mattresses
- Wooden Furniture
- Inadequate storage space
Used furniture and mattresses are huge risk factors for bed bug infestation. Bed bugs can hide in the seams of mattresses, and in the corners of bed frames and drawers and can pose a serious risk for bed bug infestation throughout the organization. Should an organization choose to accept used furniture, it should be carefully scrutinized for any evidence of bed bugs and consider the history of the items in question to determine their potential to carry bed bugs. Another risk factor for bed bug infestation is a residential quilted mattress. Not only do these mattresses lack the benefits of antibacterial, waterproofing capabilities that a mattress covered inAntiBac Vinyl or SoFlux OX fabric have, but they also serve as a hiding and breeding area for bed bugs. Bed bugs hide in the seams of the quilting, as well as in the tape-edged seam, making it nearly impossible to uproot them once they have taken up residence. American Bedding Mfg, Inc. has pioneered a new line of products in recent years that have been independently certified to be BED BUG PROOF. Our Bed Bug Proof mattresses and covers have an inverted seam and a bed bug proof enclosure, giving the bed bugs no edges in which to hide during the day and no place in which to lay their eggs. Additionally, our Bed Bug Proof products are made with AntiBac Vinyl or SoFlux OX Nylon fabrics which, unlike a quilted mattress, provide a smooth, impenetrable surface that will prevent bed bugs from burrowing in. In addition, these fabrics are antibacterial and easy to clean. Another investment that can save organizations from bed bug infestation is metal bunk beds and furniture. Wooden furniture retains moisture, creating a natural environment in which bed bugs can burrow and hide during the day, whereas metal furniture is cold and dense, decreasing the availability of hiding places for bed bugs. American Bedding’s Model 4500 Metal Bunk Bed provides a minimalist-style bunk option, and comes in a wide variety of sizes to meet every need. Its powder-coated steel frame and sleek curvaceous design limit the places where bed bugs could potentially hide and proliferate. And lastly, investing in adequate metal storage containers in which clients can stow their belongings can also limit the spread of bed bugs. When clients lack adequate storage space, their belongings often lie around on the floor, the mattresses, and on one another’s luggage, creating an environment in which bed bugs can easily move and spread from person-to-person, ultimately infesting everyone and everything. Our Platinum Furniture Collection provides an aesthetic line of metal furnishings that allow clients’ personal belongings to be stored properly: which in turn limits the possibility that the organization, or the clients and their homes, will become infested with bed bugs.
How can I get rid of Bed Bugs?
Heat treatment has proven to be the most effective cure for a bed bug infestation. If administered properly, one heat treatment can eradicate the entire population of bed bugs.
|Adults & Nymphs||113o F||15 min|
|Eggs||113o F||60 min|
|All stages||114.8o F||7 min|
Above is a table indicating the amount of heat required to exterminate bed bugs. Although you can do this on your own, professional help is advised. To be effective, the entire contents in the room must reach this temperature. This will normally require the room to be held at the required temperature for 24 to 48 hours to effectively heat the core of the furnishings (night stands, chests, mattresses, etc) to this temperature. Once the core temperature is reached, the bed bugs and all the eggs are effectively eradicated in 60 minutes. However, if any bed bugs or their eggs withstand this process, re infestation will occur and the process will have to be repeated.