Sleep is any poor man’s physician because it offers the time for body functions to relax and your mind at peace without any cost. Scientific researches reveal that lack of quality time spent for sleeping will have bad consequences on mental as well as physical alertness, decreasing the quality of the next waking day.
But can sleep cause us diseases instead of reinvigorating our tired limbs?
The answer is yes, and this is mainly because of the presence of bedbugs that attack during the night, at the time that we hit the sheets. Bedbugs are small, bloodsucking insects that can crawl into your house through tiny holes, or when somebody brought them from hotels and even hospital maternity wards. It has been reported that bedbugs have been completely exterminated in North America in the late 1940s, but because people are becoming globetrotting tourists all over the world, and hotels are increasingly becoming hosts to many people from different countries, they are a serious threat in our beds and our health for their resurgence.
What do bed bugs look like although they are not entirely invisible; bedbugs are too small for somebody’s notice. They can be a real problem when there is infestation as they may transmit diseases from one host to another. Severe infestation is even believed to cause anemia.
How to get rid of bedbugs? This is the most important question for many mothers and housekeepers all over the world. Chemicals such as food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) are available in the market, but do not choose gel-based variety for bedbugs do not feed on them but on humans or animals. Instead, choose residual sprays and they come with easy instructions on their proper and effective usage. Barriers can also be made, especially around the legs of elevated bed. Water and double-sided tapes are good and cheaper alternatives. Pillow, sheets, and beddings may also be sanitized by the laundry dryer set at about 115-125 F (49-50C).
Mattresses can also be sanitized by protective covers that are not sealed from any entries of bedbugs. Many of these protective covers are easily found on the shelves of local market, but be sure to ascertain their effectiveness by noting proofs of laboratory testing on their labels.
But how to really get rid of bedbugs the easy way? While there are many measures that one can have, a good and regular housekeeping, plus dedication to sanitation at home and vacuuming, is the ultimate weapon against these nocturnal bugs.