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What you need to know about Bed Bugs

Do you know what lies within your mattress?

Bedbugs are parasites that live and breed inside your mattress, and they are resistant to pesticides. HealthGuard™ Bed Bug mattress encasements are one form of impenetrable protection from these pests.

A number of health effects may occur due to bedbugs including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms. Bedbug bites or cimicosis may lead to a range of skin manifestations from no visible effects to prominent blisters. Diagnosis involves both finding bedbugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms. Treatment involves the elimination of the insect but is otherwise symptomatic.

Full Encasement Bed Bug Barrier

Because infestation of human habitats has been on the increase in developed countries, bedbug bites and related conditions have been on the rise as well, since the 1980s-1990s. The exact causes of this resurgence remain unclear; it is variously ascribed to greater foreign travel, more frequent exchange of second-hand furnishings among homes, a greater focus on control of other pests resulting in neglect of bedbug countermeasures, and increasing resistance to pesticides. Bedbugs have been known human parasites for thousands of years.

Dwellings can become infested with bedbugs in a variety of ways, from:

  • Bugs and eggs that "hitchhiked in" on pets, or on clothing and luggage
  • Infested items (such as furniture or clothing) brought in
  • Nearby dwellings or infested items, if there are easy routes
  • Wild animals (such as bats or birds)
  • People visiting from a source of infestation, the bedbugs, like roaches, are transferred by clothing, luggage, or there may be one (or more) on person from outside of residence.

Bed Bug Hiding Spots