Mattress Bed bugs are a nuisance. If not taken care of, a bed bug infestation can grow and spread throughout your home, so the sooner they can be eradicated, the better.
Here are some tips on how to get bed bugs out of your mattress.
Wash, Vacuum, and Take Apart Your Sleeping Area
First remove any toys, clothes, and other objects from your bedroom. Next, take away any sheets or bedding and get it laundered. Make sure to take it out in a trash bag, not your usual laundry basket, so you can avoid contaminating anything else.
Vacuum everything, including the mattress, furniture, and the room itself, and do so more than once. When you’re done, dispose of the vacuum bag and trash bags in an outside trash can.
Finally, take apart your bed frame and inspect any crevices in the furniture for bed bugs. Also do this for any gaps or cracks in your walls, floors, and ceiling. Since bed bugs are about as thin as a credit card, they can hide in small spaces, so make sure you check any hole that is big enough for them to hide in.
Set Mattress Bed Bug Traps
If you’re worried you might still have bed bugs but aren’t sure, setting a trap can help you figure out whether they’re gone. You simply set one of several types of sticky bed bug traps overnight and see if anything catches.
However, these traps will only trap the bugs themselves. They won’t be able to trap any eggs, so if you catch any bugs, you will likely need to take further steps to get rid of the infestation once and for all.
Try Aerosol and Dust Residual Insecticides
It is best to use both aerosol and dest residual insecticides in tandem to get rid of bed bugs. You can spray aerosol on the mattress, furniture, and any area bed bugs might be hiding. Dust insecticides are best used in enclosed spaces, such as cracks or niches in walls or furniture.
Make sure you carefully follow the instructions on the cans before use, and practice proper ventilation techniques both during and after using the sprays. In addition, do research on your chosen sprays to figure out how effective they will be in getting rid of unhatched eggs.
Steam Will Kill Mattress Bed Bugs
If you do not want to use chemicals, you can use a steamer instead. For maximum effectiveness, make sure the temperature is set to at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit. A steamer will kill the bed bugs in addition to any bacteria and germs that may be on your mattress.
Put a Cover Over Your Mattress
If you think there might still be bed bugs in your mattress, but you want to continue using it, you need to buy a cover for both your box spring and mattress. These covers are designed to trap the bed bugs inside, and it is nearly impossible for them to escape. Leave these covers on for a year to ensure that any bed bugs left inside are dead and no longer reproducing.
Caulk and Seal Your Room
Use caulk and/or sealant in your room to cover any cracks or holes in your walls, baseboards, or windows. Ensure that any gaps that might be around pipes or wires are covered, as bed bugs can hide in these small spaces.
Call a Professional to Get Rid of Mattress Bed Bugs
If you are unable to get rid of the bed bugs yourself or you’d rather hand the job over to an expert, it is imperative to call an experienced exterminator. They have the tools and training necessary to effectively get rid of bed bugs, and it will give you peace of mind to know that the pests are no longer a threat.
Get a New Custom Mattress
If none of the above work, you may have to give in and buy a new mattress. Fortunately, this is an opportunity to get a better-quality mattress that works for your specific sleep needs.
If you are in the market for a new mattress, our team at Slumber Ease Mattress Factory can create a high-quality, hand-crafted custom mattress just for you. Contact us or stop by our factory in Marysville, WA today to check out our mattress options or learn more about our custom fitting process.