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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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

Do I Need A New Mattress?

By Samuel Hernandez | June 15, 2013

Is the Pope Catholic? No just kidding… it all depends. If your mattress looks anything like the picture listed in this article then the answer is a definite yes. If it doesn’t then what you will want to do is evaluate how your body feels after a night’s rest. Are you waking up with aches … Read moreDo I Need A New Mattress?

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Pocket Coil Mattress Reviews: Benefits of Pocketed Coils

By Jordan Parkes | December 6, 2018

If you’re reading pocket coil mattress reviews, chances are you’d like to buy a pocket coil mattress with a latex top, and that you’re already familiar with all the differences between spring mattresses and coil mattresses. But, let’s see what the biggest benefits of pocketed coils actually are. The support is individualized Perhaps the biggest … Read morePocket Coil Mattress Reviews: Benefits of Pocketed Coils

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Adjustable Bases: Are They Durable and Do They Damage Mattresses?

By Jordan Parkes | October 30, 2019

You’d like to know whether adjustable split king bases are durable, and you’d also like to know if they damage mattresses? We’ll tell you, but have you done your “Split king adjustable beds 101”? Do you know how beneficial split king beds are? Are you familiar with the hybrid mattress – adjustable split king bed … Read moreAdjustable Bases: Are They Durable and Do They Damage Mattresses?

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What Sheets to Use for Adjustable Split King Beds?

By Jordan Parkes | October 30, 2019

Sheets are an extremely important part of the sleeping experience. Sure, you can know all about the dimensions of an adjustable split king, which mattress to use on your adjustable bed, and whether or not your adjustable bed is durable enough for your sleeping needs. But what about the sheets, an essential, but often neglected … Read moreWhat Sheets to Use for Adjustable Split King Beds?

What Type of Mattress Goes Best With an Adjustable Base?

By Jordan Parkes | October 17, 2019

Finding a perfect mattress for an adjustable base can be a long search indeed. It seems as though you’ve just learned about the benefits of split king mattresses, what sheets to use on split kings, and how sturdy adjustable bases are, and now you have to look into another matter. Well, you have to know … Read moreWhat Type of Mattress Goes Best With an Adjustable Base?

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