r ranson wrote:I have an organic wool mattress fromShepherd's Dream. Been using it at least 10 years. Love it.
Being wool, and therefore a naturally non-flammable material, most regulations don't require fire suppression to be added to the mattress. The only ingredients are wool, wool, more wool and cotton thread.
Depending on where you live, most mattresses require a prescription to be made chemical free, but wool usually doesn't.
After ten years, the mattress has compressed a bit in the center, as expected. Part of this is my fault as I don't turn the mattress as often as I should.
The bedframe needs to let the mattress breath, so slatted wood or rope frames are most common. The mattress fits on an Ikea bed frame just fine. I have a simple, unfinished pine one.
At the shop where I bought the mattress, they had it displayed on tatami mats. This was incredibly comfortable and if I had the money, I would most definitely use this for a sleeping platform. Some of my most comfortable nights have been on a thin cotton or wool mattress on tatami mats. Or even just a blanket between the mat and myself were enough for a delightful sleep - I like a firm mattress whenever possible.
One of the most important things with a natural bedding mattress is that you fold down your covers each morning so that the mattress can breath. DON'T make your bed first thing. If you MUST make your bed for one reason or another, than do so after breakfast.
Other mattresses I've tried are wool and straw ticks that we use for medieval recreation. This is very different than the Shepherd's dream mattress. These are basically a sack of duck cloth that are stuffed with straw or wool that has been fluffed up. After a couple of nights, the contents need to be repositioned a little, but it's not much more bother than fluffing a pillow - especially if you have the special mattress fluffing stick. With straw, one usually needs to change the filling every year or 6 months. With wool, every year or two.
James Freyr wrote:I had squirrels in my attic at a place I lived in 15 years ago, and I tried a few things like fox or coyote urine hoping they would vacate and find a new home, but it didn't work. What did work is a live trap baited with peanut butter, then I drove said squirrels 15 miles away to my dads place and released them in the woods behind his house.
I don't want to alarm you, but squirrels have been known to chew on electrical wires and start fires. The live trap will work, one squirrel at a time, and take them far far away. I found walking around in the attic with the lights off on a sunny day is a good way to find the spot where they are entering the attic, and seal up their entrance.