Parasites: the Unwelcome Guests in our beds

Dust mites - Mattresses in San DiegoThis topic is somewhat unsavory, since we are naturally repulsed by the idea of various insects and similar animals crawling in our beds, especially while we are sleeping in them. Luckily, all of these pest problems are easily solvable, and with a good mattress, you really have nothing to worry about.

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Lice

The most common human parasite, the louse, \has been with the human race since its inception most likely. This parasite comes in three varieties, depending on the region of the body it attacks. We are most familiar with the head louse, which chooses our head hair as its dwelling, which provides ample place to hide and lay eggs. The second type is the pubic louse, which are also known as ‘crabs’. You can infer from its name that it chooses the pubic region as its domain. Finally, there is the body louse. This particular type doesn’t have a specific region it attacks, but rather lives in our clothes or beds, and attacks when we are asleep. All three types of lice have one thing in common- they feed on blood. And as if that weren’t bad enough, they are known to carry various diseases in their bodies, which can be transferred to their victims. Typhoid fever, trench fever and relapsing fever are among the most common illnesses carried by these nasty parasites. Luckily, there are very effective chemical treatments for exterminating lice nowadays.

Bedbugs

The epitome of bed parasites, bedbugs are extremely unpleasant. They cower from light in any cracks they can find, be it in the walls, floors, or even inside your mattress. These nocturnal parasites also feed on blood, and they locate their prey, i.e. you, by your body heat and the CO2 which you exhale. These horrible parasites have two proboscises (tubes). One of these injects you with an anti-coagulant and an anesthetic, so you can’t feel the sting, while the other one sucks the blood. The itching only begins a few days later, so by the time you realize you have an infestation, the bugs have fed on your blood for at least a couple of days. Getting rid of them is not as easy and straightforward as with lice, though.

House dust mites

To end on a slightly lighter note, dust mites are by far the least aggressive and dangerous creatures on this list. Even though they are not parasites, they are omnipresent in indoor environments, and can cause allergies and asthma. They feed on organic waste, such as our skin flakes and hair. They are drawn to older mattresses, as there is plenty of food and shelter for them there.

These parasites have plagued humans for generations. But with better hygiene and better mattresses, we can at least minimize the likelihood of an infestation. Getting rid of an old mattress is a good start towards a healthier environment. When shopping for mattresses in San Diego, your first and only stop should be Mattress Makers. Contact today to learn more about the right kind of mattress for you.

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Is a Split-King Mattress With Adjustable Base Right for me and my Partner?

By Jordan Parkes | October 2, 2018

The adjustable mattress base, king size, is here to stay, as it grows increasingly popular both with individuals who like their personal space and couples who realize they can now share a bed without much sharing. All this is thanks to the split-king mattress with adjustable base, which bridges the gap between the traditional and … Read moreIs a Split-King Mattress With Adjustable Base Right for me and my Partner?

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Unusual Beds – Part 2

By Jordan Parkes | January 12, 2017

We have recently posted a list of unusual beds you may find yourself sleeping on. However, the list was so long that we simply had to split it in two parts. This is the continuation of the list, with even stranger (and less feasible) bed options. You won’t find these beds in mattress stores in … Read moreUnusual Beds – Part 2

What's Happening When You're Asleep

By Samuel Hernandez | March 5, 2015

Ever Wonder what is happening when you’re sleeping? The Huffington Post recently posted this infographic helping us understand what goes on. A lot more is going on than just looking like a dead fish when you’re sleeping. When we sleep we go through what is called a sleep cycle, and within those sleep cycles 4 stages … Read moreWhat's Happening When You're Asleep

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Back Pain and Sleeping: Can a Good Mattress Alleviate the Pain at Night?

By Jordan Parkes | May 31, 2019

Experiencing strong back pain at night is a matter of great terror. Not only does your back hurt during the day, but the one chance to get a full night’s sleep becomes tainted with night pain. Then, you hear adjustable bases can help, and you’re rushing to find the finest adjustable base in San Diego. … Read moreBack Pain and Sleeping: Can a Good Mattress Alleviate the Pain at Night?

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Mattresses for Adjustable Beds: What Kind of Mattress Do I Need?

By Jordan Parkes | May 31, 2019

A quest to find the perfect mattress for your adjustable bed is one fraught with difficulties. You have to fight the “Will an adjustable bed help with my back pain?” goblin, you have to slay the “Are adjustable beds really that effective?” orc, and you have to solve the “Is an adjustable bed worth the … Read moreMattresses for Adjustable Beds: What Kind of Mattress Do I Need?

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How Beneficial Are Adjustable Beds?

By Jordan Parkes | May 6, 2019

Wanting to buy a king size adjustable base in San Diego means you already know all about how split king beds work, how to turn two twins into a split king, and if there are any split king adjustable bases available for purchase. But, do you know all there is to know about just how … Read moreHow Beneficial Are Adjustable Beds?

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