Mold and bed bugs are two things that no one wants to see when they crawl in bed for a restful night’s sleep. While bedbugs do not spread disease, they do bite people during the night, which can result in itchy and uncomfortable skin. Molds, including allergenic and toxic types, can also set up residence in the mattress due to the dark, warm and moist environment. Repeated exposure to mold can cause a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses. With the shared environment, many people wonder whether mold can cause bed bugs. Although this is not the case, neither mold nor bed bugs deserve a welcome in your home, much less in your bed.
Causes of Bed Bug Infestation
Bed bugs are tiny and can hide just about anywhere. They are nocturnal and only wake up to feed at night. Bed bugs never went away overseas, and as Americans began to amass more and more possessions and the market for used and imported goods has flourished, as has international travel, it was only a matter of time before bed bugs became an epidemic here. In most cases, a bed bug infestation is a result of poor hygiene. However, you don’t have to have poor hygiene to get bed bugs in your house. They can hide in a used book, a moving truck, an empty box, or hitch a ride in your luggage when you come home from staying at a hotel. Your own hygiene can be excellent but you can still end up with bed bugs in your house.
Preventing Bed Bugs
You can prevent bed bugs from getting into your house and biting you while you sleep. These strategies can help keep you bed bug free.
Avoid buying used furniture from unknown sources.
Isolate used linens, clothing, books and other items for two weeks before bringing them into your home. Alternatively, bag them up in a heavy black plastic garbage bag and let them sit in the sun all day. The heat will kill the bugs. Examine hotel rooms for the signs of bed bugs before unpacking your luggage or using the bed.
No matter what the type of mold, it needs a moist environment, something to grow on, warmth and it prefers darkness. A mattress provides all of these. Although mold spores are everywhere within the environment, repeated exposure for many hours every day can cause some people to develop troublesome symptoms. Common symptoms of mold exposure include sinus and nasal congestion, coughing, trouble breathing, wheezing, skin irritation, itchy eyes, and frequent respiratory infections. Babies, young children, and elderly people are at a higher risk of developing symptoms from mold exposure. People with chronic respiratory diseases or immune system disorders are also at an increased risk of mold sicknesses.
You can prevent mold from overtaking your bedroom and your house. Some things to try include:
-Encasing your mattress in a waterproof cover.
-Using exhaust fans or opening a window when showering and cooking.
-Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier to get rid of excess indoor moisture.
When Mold and Bed Bugs Coincide
If you have symptoms of a bed bug infestation or a mold infestation, you need to take action. You might need to take drastic measures such as getting rid of your mattress and having a pest control company come into your home to get rid of the bed bugs. Proper air conditioner maintenance can also help with mold control. Being cautious when purchasing furniture and other items for your home can also help prevent bed bugs. These inexpensive tips can help keep you, your family and your home healthy and free of the symptoms of bed bugs and mold exposure.
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Author Bio: Robert had a lot of problems with mold and bed bugs as soon as he moved into his new home. In this very interesting article Robert explained the relationship of mold and bed bugs.