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Banish Bedbugs With a Memory Foam Bed 

As bedbugs make a comeback all across the nation, people are turning to memory foam from to help them avoid an increasingly common problem. Memory foam beds have a solid core, so unlike conventional inner-spring mattresses, they don’t provide a space inside for bedbugs to call home. This advantage has led some customers to seek out memory foam as a preventative measure.  

The “common” or “human” bedbug is a small, flat bodied insect that feeds exclusively on the blood of birds and mammals, particularly humans. While not known to carry any communicable diseases, bedbugs leave itchy, painful welts that are subject to infection. In a home with a heavy infestation, it is possible to get ten or twenty bites in a single night. Bedbugs reproduce very quickly and stay mostly out of sight, so they are difficult to exterminate with all but the most aggressive eradication programs. Bedbugs are also capable of living several months without a meal, so homes and apartments can remain infested even after months of vacancy. 

Bedbugs are, of course, most commonly found in bedding materials, especially conventional inner spring mattresses. The space inside of this type of mattress provides a perfect place for bedbugs to hide during the day. Bedbugs can also be found in just about any part of the home such as along baseboards, behind picture frames, under light switch covers, and even in car seats, just to name a few. Some types of beds, like air mattresses and memory foam mattresses are less susceptible to bedbugs, because they do not have the hollow spaces that harbor them so effectively.  

Matthew Brunelle from a leading memory foam mattress manufacturer, said that his company has received a steady stream of bedbug inquiries in the past few years. “People call up hoping that a memory foam bed will somehow solve their infestation, which isn’t really true. Since memory foam beds have solid cores, they don’t harbor bed bugs like other kinds of mattresses do, but buying a new mattress won’t solve a problem that you’ve already got. We tell our customers that if you have bedbugs, you should call en exterminator. If you don’t want to get bedbugs, then you can call us.” 

Until recently, bedbug infestations were largely unknown in the United States. Improved hygiene standards and the widespread use of broad spectrum pesticides after WWII are credited with the steady decline of bedbugs in the U.S. over that past fifty years. Today however, bedbugs are making a comeback in cities across the country. The pest control firm Orkin has stated that bedbug calls to their company increased 300% between 2001 and 2002, and have increased at a rate of about 70% in the years since. Experts disagree on the specific causes of the bed bug resurgence, but most agree that an increase in international travel and the ban on long lasting, broad spectrum insecticides like DDT are playing a major part. 

The best advice, experts say, is to be vigilant. Vacuum often and inspect your home regularly for bedbugs and the telltale black marks left by their excrement. If you go on a trip overseas, immediately wash all of your laundry in hot water and dry on the hottest setting. Inspect every suitcase thoroughly for stowaways, and consider replacing your old inner spring mattress with a memory foam mattress from a company like

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