It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an…exterminator? All over the country, people are looking for a superhero to save them from sleep’s evil enemy—bed bugs; the blood-sucking parasites that wreak havoc on entire cities and make sleeping into an act of bravery. How can you rescue your family from a dreaded bed bug infestation? Never fear. I’ve figured out the lead to your Kryptonite. It’s a little thing called natural latex and purchasing a mattress made out of it is one of the only surefire ways to fight back when a team of bed bugs threatens you and yours. Don’t get ambushed by the enemy. Here’s your superguide to bed bugs and how to get rid of them faster than a speeding bullet.
Beware of a bed bug’s lair
Bed bugs are lurking everywhere, not just in your bed, which means that if you want to keep your family out of danger, you need to be on the lookout for them and beware their lair. In the last few years, bed bugs have set up shop in schools, office buildings, and hotel rooms, meaning that a bad boy or two can easily hitch a ride home with you or your kids any day of the week. To prevent this, store your coats and backpacks in a confined space like a closet or a coatroom instead of throwing these items on the couch or your bed when you arrive home. While traveling, keep your luggage off the floor and away from the bed and, after inspecting your suitcases for stowaways, wash all your clothing as soon as you get home.
The idea is to keep bed bugs as far away from your bedroom as possible because, once they set up shop, they won’t want to leave, unless you’re armed with natural latex—the ultimate mattress superpower.
Get out and stay out!
If bed bugs do successfully storm your home, don’t despair. You still have a few super tricks up your sleeve. Your target is fabric of any kind, so grab a vacuum and start sucking. Begin with your curtains, then move to furniture upholstery, and finish with rugs and carpeting. Multi-task by simultaneously laundering your linens in hot water and complete the job by sealing soft items like pillows and stuffed animals in plastic bags. Then, wait a week before re-introducing your plush favorites into the outside world. And for the ultimate in bed bug crime fighting, you may also want to start browsing natural latex mattresses in between loads of laundry.
Staying bug-free—for good
Your biggest weapon against this creepy crawler is your bed itself, so if you want to stay bed bug free, you’d be smart to make the switch to a natural latex mattress—uncomfortable quarters for little critters. To be 100% sure, add a mattress barrier cover—I prefer organic cotton—and bravely say bye bye to your bed “buddies.”
Have you survived bed bugs and lived to tell the tale? I want to hear your horror stories and your tales of heroism, especially if a natural latex mattress helped you save the day. If you’ve valiantly conquered bed bugs, leave me a comment now!