Encasements and bites(2 posts)
A couple of questions:
I have confirmed bed bugs and I'm in the process of fighting them but mosquito season has made it difficult for me to determine which bites are which considering my skin seems to react pretty severely to both. I have some bites on my body that itch and others that don't (which to me are very clearly BB bites) so my question is have any of you had some BB bites that really itched constantly and some that didn't? Or am I getting bitten by both insects? It's making it really hard to determine if I still have a BB problem.
Second, I'm moving in a few days and I have encasements on my mattress and box spring. Are these a solid investment? Are they fool proof? Obviously I have a lot of other precautions to take in order to keep the BBs at the old place but can I assume that my bed is safe (both from getting infested as well as spreading infestation) as long as I have the encasements on?
When faced with potential multiple insects and issues is always best to work to exclude on easily. In the case of mosquitoes that can be as simple as securing windows and doors with screens to make sure they cant get into the property in the first place. You cant accurately tell anything from your skin responses as to what is causing the bite so its best not to focus on that side of things.
With regards encasement I need to be clear that they have absolutely no preventative benefit whatsoever, they will not stop you picking up bedbugs away from your home. They will however help to limit the potential homes for bedbugs which is why bed base encasement is the only form that adds any value despite both the sales claims and some of the paid for celebrity endorsements.
It is also true to say that the benefits they add can also be gained through the use of more cost effective dust mite encasements which also reduce harbourages and give a clear light surface to aid detection. They are not solutions in themselves despite the fact that they are often sold as if they were.
You also need to be very careful when moving as some encasement brands have a habit of tearing and thus potentially failing. This will be even more of an issue with your move.
Generally with a confirmed case of bedbugs I would advise that you stay put and deal with the issue rather than attempting to move and eradicate at the same time. When you do move unpack as quickly as you can at the other end and plan your monitoring and detection strategy to make sure that anything that does come across is dealt with quickly before it takes hold.
Hope that's all clear.
Bed Bugs Limited
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