Bed bugs have been a problem for many years, but have recently seen a resurgence of cases. In response to this growing issue, we want to provide you with some information on how bedbugs can affect your home and what you can do about it. Bed bugs are small insects that feed exclusively on blood from humans or animals by piercing the skin of their host with two hollow tubes called mandibles. They typically hide during the day in cracks and crevices around beds and furniture (like nightstands and dressers) close to where people sleep at night.
Can Bed Bugs Eat Through Plastic (or other materials)?
No. Bed bugs cannot eat through plastic or digest plastics, as well as humans, can so some parts may pass right through their digestive systems without fully dissolving into nutrients they can use. The good news is that bed bugs cannot eat through hard plastics, such as Tupperware, Rubbermaid products, or plastic mattress protectors while feeding on a human host in their sleep. If you are going to keep your mattress encased in plastic for a long period it’s a good idea to check the plastic covering periodically and replace it if necessary if there are any signs of rips or tears from infrequent movement by an occupant(s) of the unit.
This applies even more so when dealing with metal zippers versus plastic ones since they can corrode over time giving way for tiny openings where bedbugs may be able to get inside and feed off sleeping humans at night under a metal zipper.
In addition, it would be wise to keep the plastic around your mattress encasement from getting too hot or cold since both extremes can damage materials and cause breaks in its surface over time just like the metal zippers previously mentioned above.
What are bed bugs and what do they look like
Bed bugs are tiny, oval-shaped insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They are typically brown to reddish color in appearance with a flat body that can fit into very small spaces (like wall cracks). Their bites often look like round, red bumps; however, some people don’t react at all when bitten by bedbugs. The most noticeable symptom is intense itching caused by an allergic reaction to their saliva or feces. Itching may also be accompanied by difficulty sleeping or emotional distress due to exposure during sleep.
Bedbugs are most active at night when they feed on their victims. They prefer to hide in dark, warm places during the day such as mattress seams, bed frames, and box springs, furniture cracks or crevices, baseboards near beds, or behind wall decorations. Bed bugs typically only need a blood meal every few weeks but may require more frequent feeding under certain conditions including high temperature and low humidity. Once established, these pests can spread very quickly throughout a home resulting in an infestation of multiple rooms within one structure. To limit exposure to bed bugs while sleeping it is recommended that people use an effective insect repellent along with proper precautionary measures like wearing long sleeves and pants or tucking clothing.
Signs that you might have bed bugs
There are some telltale signs that you might have bed bugs. If any of these occur, it is best to contact a professional immediately:
- A sweet and musty smell coming from your mattress or other furniture in the room where you noticed bites
- Small black dots on your sheets, pillowcases, mattresses, and box springs could be their droppings. You may also see blood spots or dark staining if they’ve been crushed while hiding beneath the fabric. Bed Bugs feed only once every four to seven days so spotting them can take time. However, keep an eye out for tiny rusty red stains on bedding because this usually means there’s fresh blood nearby.
- If you notice small, reddish-brown spots on your mattress or sheets that look like rust. Bed bugs leave behind the hemoglobin from their last meal which is excreted as they digest it and can cause these rusty stains.
- Bites occurring in straight lines (also known as “breakfast, lunch, and dinner”) rather than scattered all over may indicate an infestation because bed bugs tend to travel in groups. These bites also appear closer together when there’s an infestation typically around two per square inch of skin. Smaller clusters are often found near blood vessels where more warm moist areas exist for them to feed on victims’ sleeping patterns.
How to avoid getting bed bugs
How to avoid getting bed bugs is a question that many people are asking. You should also be concerned about this issue because you don’t want these pests in your home, especially if they pose health risks to other members of the house. There are several ways on how to get rid of them and one way to make sure that they do not infest your place is by avoiding places where there could be possibilities for them to appear even without you knowing it.
Here are some of the steps that will help you prevent them from infesting your home.
Start with inspecting yourself and do not forget to inspect your luggage when coming back home after an out-of-town trip. Check every corner where bed bugs may hide – especially in areas near sleeping or sitting places like underneath beds, closets, behind curtains, under tables and chairs as well as other pieces of furniture. Make sure that cracks on walls and floors don’t have any bed bugs hiding inside because they could enter without even knowing it. Once you finished checking all these things around your house for bedbugs remove clutter or anything blocking entry points so they can no longer find a way to get into your place again and again.
With this, you can prevent bed bugs from infesting your house and keep them away for good.
What should I do if I already have bed bugs?
If you already have bed bugs, do not throw away your mattress or other furniture right away. You can contact a professional to assess the extent of the infestation and recommend treatment options.
The CDC recommends that you wash all clothing worn during an initial period before reusing it again after dry cleaning (or washing) since some items may need special attention if they cannot be dried properly with heat; this includes stuffed animals, pillows, rugs/carpets, etc., as well as non-washable decorative items like teddy bears or anything made out of fabric.
Keep in mind that no matter how many times you wash these clothes there is still a possibility for contamination so consider this step as a last resort. In extreme cases, you may have to throw away your mattress and other items that cannot be washed or dried properly with heat (e.g., upholstered furniture).
All these steps are important for preventing the spread of bed bugs from one place to another as well as protecting yourself against any harmful effects that they might bring about if left untreated over time which is why it’s best to contact a professional who can determine what needs to be done in your particular situation.
You can also try some DIY methods such as:
Final Thoughts On Bed Bugs And Plastic:
As you can see, bed bugs can be successfully be combated with plastic containers and plastic mattress covers because bed bugs can’t eat through plastic. This allows you to protect your home from a bed bug infestation! This can help you kill bed bugs because if you trap them in the mattress, bed bugs can only survive for so long without food.