Did you know that even though bedbugs keep evolving resistance to nasty pesticides, there is one thing that can stop them in their tracks? Kidney bean leaves… apparently bed bugs get trapped by the microscopic hook-shaped hairs on the bean leaves, stopping the bugs from making it to your bed or furniture. (Listen to the Scientific American podcast here) And even though scientists made a synthetic version of the kidney bean leaf, the synthetic leaf just trips the bugs up for a minute, instead of actually stopping the bugs like their natural counterpart does. The bad news is that the leaves work best when they’re fresh, so those of us without a kidney bean plant in our backyards are still going to have to wait until we figure out a natural way to stop bed bugs. Fortunately, bed bugs are repelled by natural rubber, which is the main ingredient in most of Lifekind’s organic mattresses. And for those of you who don’t yet have a natural rubber mattress, or have a sensitivity to natural rubber, we have the organic cotton bed bug and dust mite barrier cover. This organic cotton cover is made of tightly woven organic cotton that zips on over your mattress and prevents bed bugs and dust mites from penetrating the fabric, therefore protecting your mattress from nasty little critters. The dust mite barrier covers are 100%-certified organic cotton and are machine washable. Not only are they available in many different sizes to fit all mattresses, but we also make them for pillows, too. The bed bug and dust mite barrier cover is, hands down, our best-selling item. Not only do our Lifekind customers sleep better knowing their mattresses are protected, but the barrier covers have a second use: they keep everything clean! Our customers, even those who have natural rubber mattresses and pillows, swear by our barrier covers to protect their bedding from spills and stains. Double bonus, right?