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A new study suggests that mattresses can actually make you more susceptible to bed bugs.
Mattresses are a natural bedding material.
In fact, the average mattress has about one square inch of bedding that is treated with insecticides, according to the mattress manufacturers Association of Mattress Manufacturers.
In the United States, mattresses are the largest category of manufactured home products and account for nearly 40% of the beds sold in the country.
But mattresses have a reputation for making us more vulnerable to bedbugs.
The study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Psychology found that those who slept in mattresses reported a higher likelihood of contracting bedbugs in the night, the more the mattress was used.
The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The researchers analyzed data from the National Sleep Foundation survey of over 1,600 adults who said they had slept in a mattress in the past month.
The survey asked participants if they had used mattresses in the previous 24 hours, and the researchers found that the percentage of respondents who had slept on mattresses that were used more than once in the last 24 hours was 10 times higher than the percentage who had used the same mattress less than once.
The findings were confirmed in a survey conducted by the National Association of Countable Diseases in 2016, when nearly one-third of those surveyed had used a mattress in the month before.
“The association between mattresses and bed bugs may be more pronounced among those who sleep on them more often,” the researchers wrote in the study.
“However, the association is still significant.”
The study found that people who slept on the bed less often also reported a lower likelihood of bedbugs being in the mattress.
The authors also said that people that slept on a mattress that was used more often tended to have a larger amount of insecticide in their mattresses, and that the insecticides may have been used for a more specific purpose.
“Although we are still learning about the effects of insecticides on bed bugs and their effectiveness, these results provide further evidence that mattress use can result in more bed bugs,” said lead author and psychology doctoral student Matthew Zielinski, who is also a professor of psychology at UW-Madison.
“These findings also provide some insight into how and why we have been exposed to these bed bugs in the first place, and how to minimize exposure to bed bug-borne diseases.”
Mattresses aren’t the only product that is at risk for bed bugs if you sleep on a bed.
A recent study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology found that bed bugs can also be transmitted to other mattresses.
A study published last month in the Proceedings of National Academy on Aging looked at bed bugs on two mattresses at home.
The researchers found the number of bed bugs was higher in mattress used more frequently.
The bed bugs were found in all the mattresses used for the study, including mattresses with no bugs.
The report concluded that there is a high risk for spreading bed bugs from one mattress to another.
The authors said that the risk of spreading bed bug is low if the mattress is used more commonly, if the bed is clean and if the mattress is placed on a high-efficiency system, which uses less energy and uses less air than a conventional mattress.
“We know that most of us have been living in homes with one or more mattresses,” Zielowski said.
“If you have more than one, then there is also the risk that you could spread bed bugs.”
For more information on bugs and mattresses visit the CDC’s National Outbreak Center at http://www.cdc.gov/infowars/biodep.html