Isolating your bed during a bed bug infestation is actually not too bad of an idea, as it will provide you with a certain level of relief and comfort during those long nights when insomnia and anxiety start to kick in due to bed bugs.
Isolating your bed is quite simple and is meant to prevent bed bugs from gaining easy access to you during your sleep. This involves fully encasing your mattress and pillows, making sure your blanket never touches the floor (this would cancel the effect of all your effort), placing ClimbUp Insect Interceptor Bed Bug Monitors under your bed frame’s legs (obviously you must have a bed that has legs), pulling your bed away from all walls, and being sure that no bed bugs are on you or your clothes before you hop into bed.
HOW TO ISOLATE YOUR BED DURING A BED BUG INFESTATION:
1.) Fully encase your bed mattress with Protect-A-Bed mattress encasements.
This is important as it will trap any existing bed bugs inside of your mattress, and prevent any future bed bugs from crawling inside to hide. Quite the relief. Keep the mattress encasement on for over one year to ensure that the bed bugs are dead before removing it (they die after one year without feeding). Do the same with your pillow. You will enjoy the relief it brings of knowing that no bed bugs are traveling in and out of your resting place.
2. Place the ClimbUp Interceptors under the legs of your bed or bed frame.
This is also an important step because it will trap any bed bugs crawling on or off of your bed. Doing so will also help you sleep better at night. The ClimbUp Interceptors are simply designed plastic cups that are lined with talc (a fine, white powder) that makes the surface too slick for bed bugs to climb on. This will trap any bed bugs crawling up or off of your bed. Make sure every leg is using the interceptors.
3.) Move your bed away from the walls, and make sure nothing is touching the ground. This is also a crucial step in isolating your bed. Giving the bed bugs any kind of bridge from the floor to your bed is an absolute no-no. Make sure your blankets are tightly tucked under your bed and that your pillows have no room to fall off and create a physical bridge for bed bugs. If an opportunity exists to access you for feeding, the bed bugs will surely take it. Bed bugs are also adept wall climbers so be careful not to place your bed too close to the wall. To be safe, pull the bed at least 2 to 3 feet away from any nearby walls or other neighboring furniture. Your ultimate goal should look something like the picture below, photo credit: USBedBugs.com
And an example of what you DON’T want:
4.) There is a concern that bed bugs can simply climb up walls and onto the ceiling and from there, drop onto you. This is a valid concern and in fact, it is widely considered a possibility. So far, I wouldn’t say there is any proven method for preventing this. More on this subject later.