It’s National Love Your Bed Week but you might not be too enamoured if you knew who you were sharing your bed with. Dust mites, bed bugs, fleas and even moths are commonly lurking in our bedrooms.
Bed bugs are nocturnal and creep out in the early hours of the morning so you may not even be aware of them. Signs to look for are black marks which are blood spots. As the bed bugs squeeze back into cracks and crevices around headboards or in pillows, mattresses and box springs they excrete blood, leaving a dark stain.
Even more difficult to spot are dust mites. These tiny insects, which are the colour of unbleached cotton, measure just 02mm – 0.5mm. Like spiders, dust mites are eight-legged arachnids. Dust mites don’t bite but they can cause allergies and trigger rhinitis, asthma and eczema. The warm, moist environment of a bed provides the perfect home for dust mites, which eat the dead, dry skin that sloughs from our bodies every day. Washing bed linen on a hot wash will help keep the population in check.
If your pet likes to snuggle up on your bed, make sure you delouse it regularly. Human fleas are very rare in the UK but it’s easy to pick up a flea infestation. Vacuum carpets, furnishings, cracks in floors and upholstered furniture, any where pets sleep to remove fleas and eggs. Use the strongest suction that will not damage the fabric. Take care emptying the vacuum cleaner as fleas will still be alive.
Make sure you vacuum under the bed too as moths like to lay eggs in dark and rarely disturbed places. Removing moth eggs before they hatch will go a long way to preventing a moth infestation.
Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.