Bed Bug Helloise has come back out of hiding, just long enough to point you towards what appears to be a nice, reasonably-priced white welded metal bed frame. Since we’ve seen too many expensive metal frames, I was pleased to see this:
Dear Bedbuggers, I know you are broke from your battles with the scourge, and you are still dreaming of a lot of domestic improvements or replacements. Sometimes the most urgent thing, for those with wooden beds, is a metal bed frame. And while the basic ones that come free with mattress sets (or cost $40) will do, some of you may be shopping for something a little more substantial.
Ikea does some nice stuff, but let’s face it: their metal bed frames tend to have wooden slats. Although bed bugs can infest metal frames, wood is easier.
This, on the other hand, looks fairly solid, has no wooden slats, and is only around $100 more than something from Ikea which does have wood slats. I shall wait to hear from a bedbugger who has ordered it (and pointed it out to me), once it arrives,, maybe she can tell us what gaps do exist on this item.
Okay, it’s not bed bug-proof. Assembly is required– well, we knew it wasn’t solid, but this is a reminder: where you assemble things, there are gaps.
Mind the gaps!
Should our friend consider dusting a very light coating of (food grade, freshwater) DE inside the poles, during assembly? I would not personally use anything containing pesticides inside–that seems potentially harmful to the metal as well as you. And nothing wet goes without saying (though somehow I feel compelled to say it). But a bit of freshwater DE inside– would this work?
Or is Bed Bug Helloise going overboard? If you still have bed bugs, put the legs on risers, fill the cups of the risers with mineral oil (Jess says tea tree oil, for greater bed bug misery), and float that carefully wrapped mattress above it. I think that’s more effective than dusting the inside.