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What Are Bed Bugs And How To Get Rid Of Them

Monday, October 27th, 2008

What Are Bed Bugs And How To Get Rid Of Them

Bed bugs are back and are being found all over the world. Recently, bed bugs are becoming a huge problem in apartments, homes, condos, hotels, cruise ships, dormitories, shelters, etc. You name it, bed bugs are there.

Many people don’t realize exactly what bed bugs are. They think that bed bugs are a myth that are only mentioned at night time, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Bed bugs are very real. They are small, wingless insects that get their only source of food from the blood of warm-blooded animals. Adult bed bugs are about 1/4 of an inch in length.

Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures. This means that they are awake during the night time and dormant during the day hours. Bed bugs hide in dark places such as tiny cracks and crevices. During night time, bed bugs seek food from warm-blooded animals. When they find a host, they painlessly suck blood from the host. Bed bugs have highly evolved mouths that can inject saliva into the host’s blood while also drinking the blood as food.

Bed bugs leave orderly marks on their victims. Unlike mosquito bites, bed bug bites are often in rows. Often times, you need to see a doctor to determine whether or not the bite marks are from bed bugs. This is because the marks themselves look very similar to flea bites and mosquito bites.

Bed bugs like to hide in small crevices and can enter your home as a stowaway through furniture, luggage, clothing, pillows, boxes, etc. Furniture that has been used previously is also at a greater risk of harboring bed bugs. Bed bugs can survive for months without receiving food, so don’t think that you are safe if you get some used furniture that hasn’t been used in a while.

If you think you might have bed bugs, you need to carefully examine your bedroom and any other place that has been used for sleeping. Be sure to check the folds of your bed sheets and mattress. Also, check any holes or cracks in your bed frame. These are prime places for bed bugs to hide. You may also find small brown spot on your mattress. This may be an indication of bed bug fecal matter.

The best thing to do is to prevent bed bugs. Carefully examine used furniture before bringing it into your home. Reduce clutter and eliminate any hiding places for bed bugs. Make sure you keep a clean home. Bed bugs are not often found in extremely clean homes. If you do have bed bugs, you can get rid of them yourself, but it is more difficult. The best thing to do is to get rid of your mattress completely. If this is not an option for you, thoroughly vacuum your mattress and shampoo it using a special mattress shampoo.

The best way to completely get rid of bed bugs is to use a pest control service. These companies are trained and know the best ways to effectively get rid of all bed bugs and any eggs they may have laid. Pest control treatment can be a little costly but it is well worth it. If you suspect you may have bed bugs, do a thorough examination of your home and then call in the professionals. For added protection, even when all the above steps have been taken you might consider purchasing a mattress cover for even more peace of mind.

5 Tips For Using Memory Foam Mattress Pads

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

How to Use Memory Foam Mattress Pads

Memory foam mattress pads were first used in the 1980s in hospitals. The memory foam mattress pads were seen as a miracle product that helped alleviate the pressure points and bed sores from bedridden patients. When these pads were finally introduced to the general public, they sold at ridiculously high prices. Fortunately, memory foam mattress pads are extremely well-priced today. If you are looking to enjoy the benefits of memory foam, but can’t afford to purchase an entire mattress set, go with a memory foam mattress pad.

memory foam mattress pad

Memory foam mattress pads, memory foam mattress toppers, memory foam pads, memory foam toppers are all different ways of describing the same product. You can easily enjoy the comfort and support of a memory foam mattress at a fraction of the price. Here are the steps to use a memory foam mattress pad.

1. Buy a good quality memory foam mattress pad. You can find great deals on these pads online. Rocky Mountain Mattress has fabulous prices and excellent products. Start there to find your mattress pad.

2. Place the pad on your existing mattress. In order to get the most benefit from your memory foam mattress pad, you need to make sure that you place the pad on a mattress that still has support. A mattress pad can only do so much and needs to be put on a traditional mattress that still has some life in it.

3. Break it in. As with other products, you need to break the memory foam in for a few weeks. If you want to speed up the process of breaking it in, sleep directly on the foam rather than putting a bed sheet on it. Remember that the foam needs a chance to adjust to your body. This should take at least a few weeks.

4. Lower your room temperature. Memory foam mattresses are made to be temperature sensitive. This is because it uses your body heat to warm up the material so that it can adjust to your natural body shape. Because of this, it may cause you to be too hot while you sleep on it. Most people do not have a problem with this. If it is a problem for you, try lowering your thermostat before going to bed each night or sleeping without the top sheet.

5. Use a cover. Take care of your memory foam mattress. It is going to be a great investment for you to get a great night’s sleep. Protect it from spills or rips by using a protective cover. You can also find these bed covers at Rocky Mountain Mattress. (see pictures below)

protect a bed mattress cover

elite protect a bed cover

elite protect a bed

Using a memory foam mattress pad can give you all of the benefits from using a memory foam mattress, but with minimal cost. If you want to get the most from your mattress pad, use it correctly. Also, make sure you take care of it so that it can last for a long time. Find the right memory foam mattress topper and enjoy sleeping on the best material out there.

Elite Protect a Bed

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Elite Protect-A-Bed Product Review

Protect a Bed Mattress Cover from Rocky Mountain Mattress

The Elite is the newest and most feature rich Miracle Membrane protective mattress for Protect-A-Bed. Like all Protect-A-Bed covers the Elite is a waterproof mattress cover, yet remarkably it is breathable. The difference between this dust mite cover and others is that it is double sided and reversible.

The Elite is really the flagship model of mattress protectors, as it is ultra-thin, double-sided, and reversible. The memory foam mattress cover offers the Heat Transference Formula between an ultra thin layer of terry-towelling. This allergy mattress cover allows heat and moisture to transfer out of the mattress while keeping liquids from coming in.

Here is a demonstration video with the Protect A Bed Cover to give you a better idea “visually” –

Although the official Protect-A-Bed website states that the ELITE package includes pillows and mattress cover this is a mistake. I have been informed by two separate Protect-A-Bed representatives that this is not the case.

FAQs

Q- Does the Elite provide protection for those with incontinence?

A- Especially helpful in case of incontinence

Q- Does the mattress cover bunch up underneath sleepers?

A- The Ultra thin with four way stretch does not detract from the comfort of the mattress

Q- What type of mattresses will the Elite fit over?

A- Mattress cover can be used on latex , memory foam, and inner-spring mattresses

Q- Will the waterproof mattress cover fit my extra deep bed?

A- The expandable skirt ensures mattress protector fits any depth of mattress (8 to 20)

Q- Will this cover protect against bacteria and dust mites?

A- The Elite is effective in preventing bacteria and dust mites from breeding in your pillow and mattress (which are major causes of eczema, asthma, and rhinitis)

Q- Is the Elite a protective mattress cover?

A- The Elite protects from stains whether they be perspirations, body fluids, or accidental spills

Q- If I was the Elite what settings must I use?

A- You can machine was and tumble dry on hot, in fact the dust mite mattress cover can be sterilized at 121oC/250oF

Q- What does the cotton mattress cover feel like?

A- The cotton quilting is soft and super absorbent.

Rocky Mountain Mattress Explains “Anti-Bacterial” and “Anti-Microbial” In Regards To Mattress Products

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Many quality mattresses and accessories advertise features such as “anti-bacterial” and “anti-microbial.” Without fully understanding how those features actually relate to your mattress, though, those features carry little meaning.

Why is it important to have an anti-bacterial mattress cover?

Mattresses provide warm havens where bacteria are prone to thrive and spread. Particularly with nightly use – when warm body temperatures heat up the material on the mattress – dangerous bacteria, including E coli, streptococcus, and others, are prone to survive on mattresses.

In addition to carrying the potential to spread disease, some bacteria can cause significant problems for individuals prone to allergies and asthma. The growth of bacteria can also lead to unpleasant odors building up and being emitted from your mattress.

Bacteria are everywhere. The key is having the means to ensure that they do not grow in areas where you have the potential to exposure. An anti-bacterial mattress cover is designed to prevent the growth and survival of bacteria on your mattress.

What does anti-microbial mean?

Anti-microbial products work to not only prevent the growth of bacteria, but also impede the spread and growth of mold and fungi that can develop in mattresses and pillows. Such microbes can lead to respiratory problems, asthma attacks, allergies, and many other problems if they develop in your sleeping area.

Like bacteria, mold and fungi thrive in warm areas like mattresses and pillows. An anti-microbial cover will work to prevent this from occurring, and offers additional protection.

How do I prevent bacteria, mold, and fungi from forming in my mattress & pillows?

Quality mattress protectors are the best way of preventing bacteria growth on your mattress and pillows. Protect-A-Bed is one of the leading protective mattress toppers, and is specifically designed to help prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus. Protect-A-Bed also provides superior protection against dust mites, which can also lead to respiratory problems and allergy attacks.

In addition to being anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, Protect-A-Bed Bed Covers are waterproof, stain resistant, and breathable. The mattress topper helps to moderate temperature, and can be used on all latex, memory foam, and inner-spring mattresses.

The Bed Bugs Are Biting (They Are Called Dust Mites) – So How Can You Sleep Tight?

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

“Sleep tight & don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

While this common bedtime sentiment has a nice ring to it, it also bears some truth. The “bed bugs” referenced here are actually dust mites, and like it or not, they are living in your mattress! In fact, the average mattress can contain thousands – or even millions – of these microscopic critters, and while they are for the most part harmless, there are some potential problems that dust mites can cause.

What are dust mites?

Dust mites are tiny bugs that consume the dead skin cells left behind by humans and in pet dander, and the two most common places for dust mites to be found are in mattresses and carpet. The mites thrive in warm, moist areas, which is why mattresses are a harboring ground for dust mites.

Are dust mites harmful?

In most cases, dust mites are not directly harmful. However, many people suffer from allergic reactions to dust mites and their feces, which can make sleeping on a dust mite-infested mattress miserable. Those who are effected by dust mite allergies often report sneezing, wheezing, itching, watery eyes, and other respiratory problems. For this, we offer the BugLock 3-sided zipper system and ALLER-ZIP bed cover seal for complete protection against allergens, dust mites and bed bugs. This product is bug entry,escape and bite proof.

Dust mites can also cause problems for individuals with asthma. A visit to a doctor who specializes in the identification and treatment of allergies can diagnose a dust mite allergy. Dust mites are also to blame for many cases of eczema.

How are dust mites treated?

The best treatment against dust mites in your mattress is to use a mattress protector regardless of whether or not you have been diagnosed with an allergy to dust mites. Perhaps the best known mattress protector is the Protect-a-Bed.

Protect-a-Bed is a thin mattress protector designed to prevent dust mites from breeding in your mattress. The protector is waterproof, and also helps maintain a comfortable temperature on your bed, which leads to more sound sleep. Protect-a-Bed also helps prevent stains.

Why You Should Be Using A Mattress Cover

Friday, February 8th, 2008

The most important thing, second to choosing the best mattress, is choosing the best mattress cover. Some people don’t believe a mattress cover is necessary but this is completely incorrect. There are many different types of covers available to the consumer today and this can make for an overwhelming decision when the time comes. What needs to be understood is the purpose of the mattress cover. They are necessary to protect the mattress as many mattress companies will not take back a mattress for return or exchange during the warranty period if the mattress is stained. Moisture of any kind that touches the mattress top will instantly stain, leaving your mattress worthless.

Why Use a Mattress Cover

Whether you have a health condition that leaves you debilitated during the night and accidents may happen or you are in perfect health, a mattress cover is the perfect option for protection that every mattress required. In order for your mattress to last your lifetime, or most of it anyways, a mattress cover must be of high quality and worth your investment. They are washable and reusable which makes the small investment more than worth it.

Types of Mattress Covers

You can find mattress covers in options of:

Memory foam mattress covers
Allergy mattress covers
Plastic mattress covers
Satin mattress covers
Rocky Mountain Mattress covers

This is just a small list of the different mattress covers which are available for you to choose from. A mattress cover can be a great solution if you are looking to postpone the life of your mattress a bit longer by adding a memory foam mattress cover on top for added comfort and support. There are many different functions for a mattress cover and for many people comfort is number one, than protection.

You can find a great mattress cover for reasonable prices anywhere bedding is sold. Some of the more advanced covers such as the Rocky Mountain Mattress may be a bit more expensive than the others, but when you are buying you need to consider what it is worth and how many years it can last you if taken care of properly. Mattress covers are a lifetime investment so it is important to do the research and decide which one is best for you and your mattress.

Choosing the Right Mattress Pad

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Many people think that once they have chosen their mattress, their job is over. This is not the case. The next important decision that needs to be made is which the best mattress pad is not only for you but for the mattress you have chosen. A mattress pad is a very functional piece of bedding that every mattress owner needs to purchase before they even sleep on the mattress for the first time.

Why Use a Mattress Pad

By requiring a mattress pad, this does not mean you have to frequently wet the bed and it is not only for moisture in the mattress. A mattress pad protects your mattress from absolutely anything and at the same time provides an extra level of comfort as a bonus. You can find mattress pads in many different styles, just as mattress styles. They come in memory foam, latex, satin, plastic and cotton materials. They have excessive elastic around the edges of a mattress pad, similar to a fitted sheet to ensure it does not slip out of place during the night.

Choosing the Right Mattress Pad

Just as when researching for your new mattress it is important to take the time to search online and find out what the best mattress pad is for you. As everyone has different preferences when it comes to their bed, you will find each mattress pad has its own unique features that appeal to each different preference. For those people out there with severe allergies you can even by an allergy friendly mattress pad to relieve you of your allergy symptoms during the year.

Although it may seem like an easy task, choosing the right mattress pad can take some time and many people purchase it the same time as their mattress so they don’t have to make a separate trip and they know it fits perfectly.

Little Known Methods to Extend the Life of Your Mattress

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

With as much as you pay for a mattress these days you want to make it last as long as you possibly can, right? Of course you do. One tip for a new mattress owner, in order to help them prolong the life of their mattress is to get a mattress pad. Seems simple I know, but do you have a mattress pad on your mattress right now? Probably not.

For example, I have a four year old that has been potty trained for over a year now, but still needs to sleep in the training pants at night. Well, the training pants don’t always keep the pee in, and you are left with a nice little mess. We do not worry though because we have a mattress pad that protects the mattress. We simply just take it off, throw it in the washing machine and the mattress is untouched from pee and dry. If I did not have a mattress pad not only would I have to worry about the smell of pee and how clean I could actually get the mattress, but it tears away at the inside of the mattress decreasing its lifespan.

We offer a hypoallergenic mattress pad Protect-A-Bed cover that can help save the life of your new mattress. Click on the link for more details.

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