Mattress Cleaning Carlsbad Encinitas Vista San Diego:Believe it or not mattress cleaning can be done with the same equipment that we do carpet cleaning and even upholstery cleaning with. But why mattress cleaning? In a few words; allergies, dust, dust mites and bed bugs.. If you suffer from dust and pollen allergies mattress cleaning may help. Also there has been a lot of talk about dust mites & bed bugs living on mattresses and while I've never seen one I can assure you that if they're there, we'll do everything humanly possible to get them off your mattress. It's very inexpensive
Bed Bugs, What, Where and How:Infestations of Bed Bugs are up 5000 percent as are the number of reported attacks! The nightmare begins when a Bed Bug finds its way into your clothing; it usually happens at a hotel but can start anywhere.
Hospitals, businesses, homes, buses, apartments and hotels are just a few places where bed bugs are being reported. It is said that bed bugs don't transmit disease from feeding on your blood; however, an engorged bedbug can burst at the slightest bit of pressure exposing you to human blood. If that blood is infected, then you run a risk of infection as well. A few simple precautions can prevent the nightmare from ever happening.
Finding bed bugs in your home has nothing to do with poor hygiene! It takes only one bed bug to hitch a ride on your clothing (furniture, suitcase, etc) and infest your residence. What's worse is that they can live up to one year without drinking a drop of your blood. Feeding takes about 10 to 15 minutes for adults and less for the nymphs; they feed about every three days. Depending on the conditions, bed bug nymphs can survive for months without feeding.
Bed Bugs are insects, that have piercing mouthparts that in most species are used for feeding on plants. There are some species of bugs though with mouthparts that have been adapted to feed on human blood while inflicting very little pain (most never feel the blood feeding).
Bed Bug Lifecycle: The eggs are white and about 1mm long. The nymphs look like adults but are smaller. Complete development from egg to adult takes from four weeks to several months depending on the temperature and amount of feed available, see the lifecycle chart on your right.
How do you know if you have bed bugs?
Bed bug bites are the best way to determine if you have bedbugs. In the photo you see someone bitten. He itched throughout the night & when he went to check, this is what he found! The image to your right is a severe reaction, you may find that your bites are not this bad; not everyone reacts the same. The grouping is a good sign & you should start checking for mold like spots on your mattress. If you have such a reaction, check with your doctor who may recommend an antihistamine or topical cream to relieve any itching & or burning. Do not scratch the bites as this may lead to infection! If you suspect you have an infestation, you should contact a licensed exterminator. You can try to do it yourself using the tips found here, but your odds are a lot better letting a licensed professional handle it.
The facts about Bed Bugs:
- Bed Bugs are flat, brown, wingless and about 1/4 of an inch
- They have 6 legs, shiny reddish-brown but after a good serving of your blood, they appear dark brown and swollen as in the picture below.
- They can be seen with the human eye, but do a great job at hiding
- Bed bugs are not known to carry diseases as of yet
- They feed on human blood preferring to do it in the dark when you're sleeping
- Simply using chemical treatments will not remove the infestation
- These bugs love to hide in the seams of your mattress including:
- Sofa seams
- Cracks in the bad frame and or head board
- Under chairs, couched, beds and dust covers
- Under rugs, edges of carpets, drawers, baseboards and window casings
- Behind light switches, electrical outlet plates, cracks in plaster
- Televisions, radio clocks and phones
- Backpacks, Sleeping bags, Cloths
- Behind wallpaper, picture frames and other dark areas
Quick tips to help remove bed bugs
The best way to deal with bed bugs is by sealing your mattress and pillows with a plastic or hypoallergenic zipped cover. This traps the bugs that are inside your pillow and prevents them from feeding and kills them over time - remember, a nymph can live for two months without feeding, an adult can survive more than 12 months!
Do not apply any pesticide to mattresses or surfaces that would come in contact with the skin unless the pesticide specifically states that the product can be used in this manner.
Wash all your linens and place them in a hot dryer for 20 minutes (or you can freeze them at -5 C or below for five days).
You can vacuum to capture bed bugs and their eggs, better yet though, have your mattress professionaly cleaned. If you have chosen to vacuum though, immediately place the vacuum bag into a plastic bad, seal it tight and dispose (outside).
A few ways to prevent bed bugs from getting into your home include:
* Hang clothing in the closet farthest from the bed
* Place luggage on the folding rack found in most hotels
* Place luggage in the dry cleaning bag found in the hotel.
* Most important, don't bring home a mattress that has been used by unknown sources.