Do Memory Foam Mattresses get Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are disgusting
There’s no denying it. Those little creepy crawlies that feed solely on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals, and make their homes in the comfort of your bed send a shudder through the spine.
Have you ever wondered what a bed bug actually is, other than something to cringe at?
There are around 108 species of bed bugs, but the most common – the Cimex lectularius (found in temperate climates) – is well adapted to human environments, and brave enough to make its home in your mattress.
So what do they look like?
Do you really want to know? Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown, flat, oval, and have no wings. They have microscopic hairs covering their bodies, and a large adult can grow up to 5mm in length and 3mm in width. Baby bedbugs are translucent and lighter in colour, but become darker as they mature.
By nature, bed bugs are blood suckers. Typically, if one if sucking the blood of a human, it’s because no other prey is available. They usually feed just before dawn since they don’t like sunlight, but have been known to feed during the day. They’re attracted to us because of the carbon dioxide we emit, as well as our body heat.
That’s sick. But how do they get up onto the bed?
That’s the gross part… they either crawl up, or they drop down from the ceiling or a wall. When they feed, they inject a small amount of anesthetic into the skin with one tube, and extract the blood with another tube for about 5 minutes before retreating back to their hiding places. The anesthetic is what causes the itching sensation when you notice the bite later on.
Bed bugs can live for 5 months to a whole year depending on the climate. The warmer and more conducive to feeding it is, the shorter their lifespan. A bed bug can survive in temperatures between 16°C and 45°C. Oddly enough, bed bugs can live up to a year without feeding.
Now that you have a clear picture of these creatures, the question remains…
Do memory foam mattresses get bed bugs?
Because memory foam mattresses are made from a more solid core and don’t have convenient hiding places, bed bugs aren’t as tempted to set up shop. It’s your headboard, bed base and sheets that you need to worry about, since they like to hide in small, enclosed spaces.
Bed bugs are also found in spring mattresses, since they have many crevices and allow the bugs a lot of roaming space. DDT is a powerful chemical that has kept the critters away for decades, but unfortunately, there is worry that bed bugs have developed a resistance to the stuff. The best solution for getting rid of bed bugs in your spring mattress is to get rid of the mattress itself.