Bed Bugs and Mattresses
Although pest control is the most effective starting treatment for bed bug infestation, many people are becoming more concerned with the ongoing health risks of having your home being pumped full of poison. The current conventional knowledge on bed bug treatment when it comes to mattresses is to throw them out and replace them. Pest control companies are tired of fighting bed bug infestations where their infestation is most concentrated – in your bed. You spend 1/3 of your life in bed, and having your mattress saturated with enough pesticides to kill a host of bed bugs may leave long-lasting health risks for you and your family.
The truth is, we don’t know exactly how harmful pesticides are to us just yet. What we do know is once bed bugs invade your home, they are tough to get rid of. Bed Bugs prefer closed, warm areas, the best place to start is by having your mattress cleaned and sanitized, with our unique, patent-pending Clean Sleep Machine. Our 5-step process is the most effective way to treat infected mattresses for bed bugs and other pests and microbes that do not involve poison, is healthy for your family, is sustainable for the environment, and won’t hit your pocketbook for the cost of a replacement mattress.
Everyone is at risk for getting bed bugs when visiting an infected area. However, anyone who travels frequently and shares living and sleeping quarters where other people have previously slept has a higher risk of being bitten and or spreading a bed bug infestation.
How do I get rid of bed bugs in the home?
The best way to get rid of bed bugs, of course, is to not let them into your home – but if you are one of the millions of unfortunate folks who have been infested, then the best place to start is by contacting your local Pest Control Company. We will work in conjunction with the Pest Control Company to help prevent further outbreaks in your home by cleaning and sanitizing the mattress while the pest control company services your dwelling. Bed bugs can live a long time without having to feed, which means that they may live dormant even in unoccupied rooms. This means that you need to treat each and every mattress in your home, to help prevent a reoccurring outbreak.
We’re going to go out on a limb and say bed bugs are creepy and disgusting for most people. They cause genuine psychological effects in those who have been unfortunate enough to have experienced them first hand. In the haste of an infestation many may make the ill-advised decision to hire the first pest control company who has an opening in their schedule. This could produce numerous, unintended consequences.
Both Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promote an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for bed bug control. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with people and the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
Bed Bugs and Their Feces
How Much Heat to Kill Bed Bugs
Numerous studies have demonstrated the thermal death of bed bugs is reached around temperatures of 118 °F. They go on to show that if sustained for 20 minutes the thermal mortality limit of bed bugs can be obtained.
The temperature in our Clean Sleep Machine exceeds and sustains temperatures above 140°F and is safely contained inside our heating chamber. Our approach has proved to benefit both customers and the pest control companies we’ve worked with. Understanding the importance of utilizing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to provide the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment is the key to realizing not only the financial, but also health benefits.
As a consumer, it is always in your best interest to ask your service professional questions to ensure that you are well aware of what is taking place in your home. Pesticides can be very dangerous if not applied correctly. By working at the direction of experienced pest control companies Clean Sleep is able to enhance the quality of service for both residential and commercial customers.
Bed Bug Bites
Microbial Study: Clean Sleep
Clean Sleep Microbial Study Validates Effectiveness
Numerous studies and tests validate the effectiveness of heat, ozone, ultraviolet C and steam in reducing harmful bacteria. Prior to building our very first prototype, Clean Sleep spent a considerable amount of time researching what it takes to effectively target the contaminants found on mattresses. We consulted this data along with our scientific input to determine what works best in our apparatus.
Our 3rd party microbial study is focused on observing specific micro-organisms that cause infection control issues for healthcare facilities. In 2011 alone, almost half a million individuals in the U.S. suffered from an infection caused by C. diff., and more than 100,000 of these infections developed among residents of nursing homes. Patients and residents spend a lot more time in their beds in these facilities and the The prevention and elimination of C. diff in medical facilities and assisted living communities could save thousands of lives and millions of dollars in health care, ultimately improving the overall quality of life for patients and residents.
Test Microorganism Information
Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 33592 (MRSA)
This bacteria is a Gram-positive, cocci shaped, aerobe which is resistant to the penicillin-derivative antibiotic methicillin. MRSA can cause troublesome infections, and their rapid reproduction and resistance to antibiotics makes them more difficult to treat. MRSA bacteria are resistant to drying and can therefore survive on surfaces and fabrics for an extended period of time and therefore makes this bacteria an excellent representative for antimicrobial efficacy testing on surfaces.
Results of the Study – S. aureus 33592 (MRSA)
Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 51575 (VRE)
This bacteria is a Gram-positive, spherical-shaped strain of Enterococcus faecalis that has developed resistance to the antibiotic vancomycin. E. faecalis (VRE) can cause a variety of local and systemic infections including endocarditis, bacteremia, and urinary tract infections, which are exceptionally difficult to treat because of this strain’s acquired drug resistance. Due to this bacterium’s robust survival factors and resistance to commonly used antimicrobial agents, this bacterium is very challenging to disinfect.
Results of the Study – S. aureus 33592 (MRSA)
MS2 Bacteriophage (MS2) ATCC 15597-B1
This virus is a non-enveloped positive-stranded RNA virus of the bacteriophage family Leviviridae. Bacterial cells are the hosts for bacteriophages, and E. coli 15597 serves this purpose for MS2 bacteriophage. Its small size, icosohedral structure, and environmental resistance has made MS2 ideal for use as a surrogate virus (particularly in place of picornaviruses such as poliovirus and human norovirus) in water quality and disinfectant studies.
Results of the Study – MS2 Bacteriophage 15597-B1 (A1)
Permissive Host Cell System for MS2: Escherichia coli, 15597
Aspergillus brasiliensis ATCC 9642
This fungi is a conidiophore, or a sexual spore generating aerobic fungus. A. brasiliensis, formerly listed as a strain of A. niger, is related to other Aspergillus species in that they produce spores which are highly resistant to chemical and environmental conditions. A. brasiliensis is commonly used as a benchmark fungus for antimicrobial fungicides and preservatives used in pharmaceutical and personal care products.
Results of the Study – A. brasiliensis 9642
Clostridium difficile ATCC 43598 (Endospores)
This bacteria is a Gram-positive, rod shaped, endospore generating obligate anaerobe. Clostridium species are part of the normal human gut flora that produce spores which are highly resistant to chemical and environmental conditions. C. diff is commonly associated with hospital acquired infections and is know to cause antibiotic assisted colitis. Because of it’s high resistance to antimicrobials, C. difficile is a benchmark bacteria for sporicidal and sterilant activity of chemicals.
Results of the Study – C. difficile 43598 (Endospores)
Cladosporium cladosporioides ATCC 16022
This heavily sporulating fungi is a dematiaceous mold, meaning that it is characterized by the olive-to-black pigmentation of its conidia and hyphae. It is prevalent in indoor and outdoor environments, and is a plant pathogen that affects wheat. Frequently isolated from air, Cladiosporium has a world-wide presence and is one of the early colonizers of humid indoor environments growing on such substrates as gypsum, paper, paint, and textiles. As a common allergen, this species has been known to induce hay fever and asthma in humans.
Results of the Study – C. cladosporioides 16022 (A1)