Do they dislike waterbeds?(5 posts)
I was speaking to a friend about Bed Bugs and how I'm doing my best to prevent them (I took some home from a relative who didn't inform me about them...) And he said he had them, and the way he got rid of them surprised me - pretty simple, when he switched to a waterbed they went away. Is this true? That seems way too easy to me.
I think you will find that they are getting confused between dust mites and bed bugs there. Some people can have a reaction to the presence of the mites that feed on skin cells that end up in bedding and mattresses. The key word there is in, they exists inside the mattress and thus replacement of the mattress with one that does not allow them to live inside will eradicate the problem.
Unless a mattress is torn then bed bugs will not live inside it. They are often found on the seams and edges and the tufts if they are present. They are not biologically equipped to be able to squeeze through threads of fabric and cant damage it themselves.
Dust mies are an allergic reaction and sometimes this can look like bites, its the main reason why most PCO's do not diagnose the problem on bites alone. There is no common reaction.
I doubt simply switching to a waterbed would make them go away since I have heard of people who, out of frustration, throw out their beds and sleep on the bare floor and still have bedbugs. Bedbugs don't need a bed, just a warm-blooded body to bite.
Maybe the guy had an early infestation and all his bedbugs were in the mattress and bed frame? If it were that localized, when he got rid of his mattress and bed he might have gotten rid of bedbugs.
He insists they were bed bugs and not dust mites, apparently.
He says that the water bed he got was a rubber/plastic bladder and that there was nowhere for them to hide, but there's always somewhere for them to hide that's not a bed, so I have a feeling that he got really lucky. Got rid of his old bed, and that got rid of 'em.
You revived a 3-year-old thread. Did you know that?
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