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Do Buckwheat Pillows Have Bugs? Uncovering the Truth

· 4 min read

Buckwheat pillows, filled with buckwheat hulls, offer a firmness that is both comfortable and adjustable. However, given the natural origin of the filling, many people may have the question: do buckwheat pillows have bugs?

In this article, we will be discussing this topic based on my experience. Let's get to it!

Key Takeaways: Properly processed buckwheat hulls are not prone to bug infestations. During manufacturing, they are cleaned and emptied of grains that might attracts insects and allergens, including dust mites. Regular care and cleaning are advised to maintain a pillow's bug-resistant qualities.
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Risks of Bugs in Buckwheat Pillows

What factors could potentially cause the buckwheat pillows to attract pests, and what are the specific types of insects that may become a problem?

Factors Attracting Bugs

One might assume that all natural fillings attract bugs, but buckwheat pillows are often less appealing to insects than other natural pillow types.

The reason for this is that buckwheat hulls, the filling used in these pillows, are typically cleaned of any grains or residue that might attract pests.

However, it’s essential to maintain a clean environment, as bugs can be enticed by sweat, saliva, skin flakes, and the warmth of any pillow, including those filled with buckwheat hulls.

Common Types of Bugs Found

Regarding dust mites, a common concern for any pillow owner, buckwheat pillows are not prone to dust mite infestation.

This is because dust mites feed on skin flakes and require a certain level of humidity to flourish. Those conditions are not commonly found on buckwheat pillows when they are properly maintained.

Note that while it's less common, improper care or humid environments may still create conditions that could attract household pests or even dust mites to a lesser extent.

Addressing Infestations

In my experience, buckwheat pillows rarely suffer from bug infestations due to the natural pest resistance of buckwheat hulls.

However, if such an issue arises, it’s important to handle it swiftly to ensure the longevity and hygiene of the pillow.

Signs of Infestation

  • Visual Evidence: The presence of small bugs or eggs in the seams or on the surface of your buckwheat pillow.
  • Unusual Odors: A musty or sour smell can often accompany a bug infestation.

Remediation Steps

Isolate the Pillow: To prevent the spread, isolate the infested pillow immediately.

Then are several options to consider to address the bug infestation:

  • Freeze Treatment: Encase the pillow in a plastic bag and place it in the freezer for at least 48 hours to kill any bugs.
  • Heat Treatment: Alternatively, bugs can be killed by heating the pillow in the dryer at a high temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Replacement: If the infestation is severe, consider replacing the pillow entirely to prevent re-infestation.

Prevention and Maintenance

Preventing bugs from inhabiting my buckwheat pillow and maintaining it properly are crucial to ensure its longevity and sleeping comfort.

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There are the general care guidelines:

  • Avoid Humidity: I always make sure to keep my buckwheat pillow in a dry environment since bugs are attracted to moisture.
  • Regular Sunning: Every few weeks, I expose my pillow to sunlight which naturally helps to disinfect the buckwheat hulls.
  • Regular cleaning: regular cleaning is important to prevent any bug infestation. Check out our article on how to clean buckwheat wheat pillows.
  • Hull Replacement: Periodically, I replace the hulls in my pillow to ensure cleanliness and prevent any bug infestation.



YZ, an engineer with a PhD based in the San Francisco Bay Area, brings practical expertise to Restful Guides. Focused on simple, effective ways to improve sleep and relaxation, YZ offers easy-to-follow advice on choosing the right pillows, bedding, and meditation techniques for a better, more restful life.

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