When one hears the term “bed bugs,” it’s enough to make even the strongest stomach churn.
No one wants a bed bug problem on their hands. The mere sight of just one of these oval-shaped, brownish-red bugs is not a good sign by any means.
Once an area is infested, taking care of the infestation is a grueling, unpleasant, and costly experience.
The best way to avoid a bed bug infestation is by taking the necessary precautions to ensure that a living area is an undesirable destination for the unwanted pests.
As shoppers consider what kinds of materials they want in their spaces, they may find themselves asking the question, “Do bed bugs hide in metal bed frames?,” as they contemplate whether or not metal frames are suitable enough for an ideal bed-bug-resistant living area.
Do Bed Bugs Hide in Metal Bed Frames?
While bed bugs can live in close to any material, metal bed frames are far less appealing than wooden frames.
Bed bugs like warmth. Because of the cool nature of metal, bed bugs are far less likely to take up residence in metal bed frames than they are in wooden bed frames.
Additionally, wood is a natural substance. Depending on the season, wooden bunk beds expand and contract as humidity rises and falls, which leads to gaps and crevices forming.
These tiny crevices are perfect hiding places for bed bugs and provide the warmth needed for bed bugs to take up residence inside of a bunk bed. Once they find a home that provides them with shelter and warmth, an infestation can quickly develop.
While metal bunk beds certainly deter bed bugs, there is no guarantee that bed bugs will not infest the bed.
An additional precaution is by pairing a metal bed frame with a mattress like ESS’ contract waterproof mattress. This is a fantastic idea because the mattresses are breathable and waterproof. This translates into a cool and dry environment which is not an ideal place for bed bugs to live in.
Is There Such a Thing as Bed Bug Proof Bed Frame?
In short, the answer is no, there is no such thing as bed bug proof furniture. Science and technology have yet to find a way to guarantee bed bugs won’t invade your camp, hostel, or home, and make a nest inside your bed, no matter what brand you buy or what material it’s made of.
The good news is that there are best practices for creating bed bug resistant furniture. Bed bug resistant furniture is made of unfavorable material for bed bugs to climb on and burrow into, and it doesn’t allow for little hard-to-spot hiding places where they can make a nest and lay their eggs.
At ESS, our bunk beds & mattresses are specifically engineered to resist bed bugs in high traffic, intensive use settings.
Tips for Avoiding Bed Bugs
In order to avoid a bed bug infestation, it is best to have an array of tactics at your disposal.
First, make sure proper bed-bug-resistant habits are enacted. Make sure that guests or residents do not unpack their belongings on a bed, avoid having carpet in the room if possible, and be sure to vacuum living areas daily.
In addition, purchasing products that deter bed bugs is important. Purchase metal bed frames (check out our Dallas Single Over Single Bunk Bed), water-resistant mattresses with removable covers that can be washed at a high temperature, and foam pillows that are water-resistant and that have removable covers that can also be washed at a high temperature.
While there is not one single factor that can deter bed bugs without-a-doubt, you can make the process a lot more difficult for them. If you want to reduce your chances of a bed bug infestation, consider ESS’ long line of metal-framed beds and commercial waterproof foam mattresses for your various furnishing needs.
ESS Universal manufactures and supplies high-quality, cost-effective commercial grade furniture products. View our entire line of commercial furniture products including our popular waterproof foam mattress for institutional use, single metal bed frames, single over single bunk beds, single over double bunk beds, and triple bunk beds.