The Psychological Effects of a Bed Bug Infestation
When we think about the effects of crimes such as robberies and assaults, we don’t just think about the stolen property or the victims’ physical injuries. We also consider the emotional consequences of these offenses, which often last longer and are thus much more difficult for victims to overcome. While the aforementioned crimes are perpetrated by people, insects can be almost as psychologically destructive. Bed bug infestations are a growing problem in the United States, and even though most people believe that these creatures are relatively harmless and easy to exterminate from homes, the emotional impact of bed bug infestations is long-lasting and detrimental to homeowners.
Studies have shown that bed bug infestations can lead to increased anxiety, nightmares, insomnia, and even depression. Some of these symptoms are characteristic of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On the surface, this may sound a bit far-fetched; after all, how can a bed bug infestation be linked to a condition that is frequently found in soldiers returning home from war? However, the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and feeling safe in one’s bed can never be understated. Simply put, if people can’t relax in bed, they will be sleep-deprived, causing them to feel increasingly worse during the day and ruining their motor skills. Some individuals may even feel embarrassed by a bed bug infestation, deeming it their own fault for not cleaning enough or checking their mattresses.
Considering the negative short and long-term consequences of bed bug infestations, nobody wants these unwanted intruders crawling around their homes. One of the best ways to prevent bed bug problems is to purchase and install bed bug mattress encasements. These covers trap and kills bed bugs by cutting them off from food and water. Here are two characteristics of the best bed bug mattress encasements.
Flimsy bed bug mattress encasements are useless. They provide you with the illusion of protection against bed bug infestation but are instead easy to tear, allowing bugs to escape and spread. Buying encasements that are made out of tough, durable fabrics will prevent tears during the installation process, moves, and wash cycles.
When it comes to sleeping arrangements, comfort is of the utmost importance. Make sure that any encasement you buy is made out of a fabric that has a moisture vapor transmission rate of 7000 g/m2/24hr or more and pore sizes that are one micron or less. If the encasement doesn’t meet these standards, you’re essentially paying for another sleeping problem instead of a bed bug solution.
Buying bed bug encasements and bed bug covers means reducing the chances that you have to endure the physical and mental complications of a bed bug infestation. The vast majority of bed bug treatment services offer encasement installation.