1. Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can live for months without food which makes them the perfect squatter. The best way to know if there's an infestation is to spot them with your eye. They hide in beds, luggage, clothes and even behind wallpaper.
They're most active at night. Attracted to the carbon dioxide humans exhale, the critters find their way to exposed areas such as face, neck, arms and hands. They break the skin's surface with their beak and fill up on blood for about ten minutes.
Here's what one looks like.
OK, that was creepy. Let's look at this cute puppy for a minute before we move onto the next home invader.
2. Dust Mites
You've probably never seen one unless under a magnifying glass. They don't bite, they live of your dead skin cells.
So what's the big deal? While many people can get irritated by exposure to large amounts of dust mites, some people have a true allergy to them, experiencing asthmatic symptoms.
You'll never get rid of them entirely, but there are ways to reduce the amount and manage the problem.
This is what a dust mite looks like.
And this is what a cute parrot looks like. (Much cuter, right?)
3. Cladosporium Mold
It's the most common type of mold and is often referred to as black mold, but with over 30 species it can come in green, black, brown and grey.
It's one of the molds that can cause the most allergic reactions, especially to those with allergies, asthma or compromised immune systems. All molds can be hazardous to your health and be sure to get a professional opinion before attempting to remove the problem yourself.
Here comes the petri dish mold.
Quick, look at these baby ducks and get your mind off of the yucky mold.
Poor misunderstood lice.
Lice is very common across all socioeconomic demographics. Lice are not attracted to dirty hair. In fact, they prefer clean, shiny hair. People usually get it from direct hair to hair contact.
Lice doesn't transmit serious infection diseases. The harm from lice is usually due to emotional stress. It's important to become aware of the myths and facts to reduce stigma.
5. Poisonous Gases
Many modern mattresses contain chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which may have short- and long-term health effects. VOCs are also found in household cleaners and spray scents.
According to a study at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas, new crib mattresses release about four times as many VOCs as old crib mattresses.
With some research you're able to find some eco-friendly options.
6. Aspergillus Fumigatus
It's a type of fungus that clings onto synthetic bed linens. If spores are inhaled, it can cause a deadly infection called aspergillosis.
Before you get too scared, realize that most people breath the spores every day without getting sick. For people with serious immune systems, it can cause allergic reactions and infections in organs such as the lungs.
While most attacks are outdoors, red ants can attack indoors and there have been cases of red ants swarming people in their beds.
Okay, and right back to fuzzy cuteness to stop us from getting itchy.
8. E. coli
Escherichia coli is found in our intestines and most strains are harmless. However, there are certain strains that can make us sick and even lead to kidney failure.
Infections can be spread through food, water, contact with farm animals and from person to person. But it can also burrow into the rips and tears in your pillows.
MRSA it a type of staph infection. It's also classified as a superbug, meaning it's highly resistant to antibiotics.
According to MedicineNet, "MRSA infections are transmitted from person to person by direct contact with the skin, clothing, or area (for example, sink, bench, bed, and utensil) that had recent physical contact with a MRSA-infected person.
If the last one didn't convince you to get new pillows, this one might.
56 percent of pet owners let their furry friends sleep in bed with them. So you might have a chance of catching fleas, worms or other animal diseases.
But considering they have other health benefits including lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels — and increased opportunities for exercise and socialization, each individual has to weigh out the pros and cons.
After all, with all that other scary stuff out there, we might need someone to snuggle with at night.
Watch the video and get a recap of the top 10 things in your bed that you might not want in there.
Got the creepy crawlies? Maybe your friends should have them too. Don't forget to share.
Cover image via Orin Zebest.