DE in foam mattress - Vinyl Covers?(1 post)
Back in August, I suspected that I had bedbugs and applied WAY too much DE all over the place, including on my yellow foam mattress. Not the smartest move in the world, I know... I felt like the biggest idiot after coming onto this site afterward and realizing that I shouldn't have done that.
Anyway, I got rid of most of the DE after "wet cleanup," but I noticed that, months later, there's still a fair amount of it stuck in the little holes of my yellow foam mattress. I recently moved the bed into a different room of the apartment because one of my roommates moved out, and I noticed some DE come out of the mattress onto the board underneath the bed when I put it back onto the frame. Ever since moving into the new room and shuffling the bed/other furniture around, I've experienced nosebleeds, dry skin, and all the other symptoms I got for the first week or so after applying way too much DE and subsequently trying to clean it all up in August.
I was wondering if getting a cheap vinyl encasement would be enough to keep the DE from coming out of the mattress and into the air. Can DE get through vinyl? I want to stop breathing it in while I sleep, and I know a lot of it is coming from the tiny holes of the foam mattress.
As for the BB's, I was never 100% sure whether or not I actually had them. Couldn't find any eggs, droppings, or any of the other signs. Laundered everything over and over and steamed like crazy. My apt. manager called a PCO in, and he put some passive indicators around (not sure if that's what they're actually called), but he couldn't find any bedbugs that way. I haven't gotten any bites since September, and bites do not seem to be 100% indicative of BB's since everyone seems to react differently (or not at all) to them.
Thank you very much for your advice!
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