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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in a Mattress  

How to get rid of Bed Bugs

Have you ever noticed bites on the skin, or found some pesky tiny creature crawling around your bed and even nearby? These are bed bugs living happily in your mattress! And that compels you to take a smart move right away.

The biggest misconception regarding bed bugs is that the infections are only limited to the mattress. And in the hope of getting rid of these bed bugs, people throw away the mattress, believing that by doing so they can get rid of these bed bugs completely.

But unfortunately, throwing away mattress and box spring never pays off. As soon as you buy a new mattress you again face the same old problems of bed bugs. That is, your new mattress will get infected by all those bed bugs again because they never left the bed structure and have always been present there.

So how many mattresses can you really afford if they continue getting infested?

Not many of course!

And hence, it gives you the only option i.e. to consider different factors in dealing with bed bugs. In fact, a bit smarter ones because not every time you would be able to catch them or even find them around.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs In Mattress

You don’t need to live around bed bugs or to take the stress of the issue. Moreover, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on replacing mattresses or beds, along with paying a fee of an exterminator to treat the issue. We say this because you can handle the problem on your own and that is too in just some easy ways.

To assist you further, here are some great suggestions for you try and get a bug-free sleep as a fruitful result.

Vacuum Clean

Bed bugs are not easy to be identified. They usually prefer to remain hidden under tight spaces, wood cracks, books, furniture or even the edges of your room carpet. In this treatment, all you need to do is to take a vacuum cleaner and a steamer to  the areas that are most likely to be infested; such as the bed mattress and bed frame.

This will not only make them come out and get caught but it’s a perfect solution to kill the existing ones. Make sure you keep the room declutter during the treatment so that the running away bed bugs do not hide under the items around.

Once you have vacuumed and steamed the bed and mattress, apply the same over window sills, along baseboards and carpet edges. The Vacuum cleaning treatment will not only help in killing and catching the existing bed bugs but it will also help in eradicating the eggs; that might turn into the same problem in the near future.  Make sure to dispose the contents of the vacuum and treat every seam around the mattress and boxspring with steamer.  Eggs are glued to the surface, so they will not be easily removed with a vacuum.

Give Bed Bugs Some Pesticide Treatment

Never feed your mattress with an insecticide unless you opt for the one specially formulated for this purpose. Moreover, always follow the label directions for proper application and without harming your mattress or bed.  There are products that are labeled to apply to the surface, and some for just cracks and crevices.

If you take the above-listed measures then using pesticide for alleviating bed bugs is a proven treatment. It helps to kill the bed bugs at large, including the ones that were missed out in previous treatment. Use the residual contact spray and powder to ensure proper cleaning and some preparations for the future infection.

While you may target the obvious bugs with sprays, use the residual spray for long-lasting results. The residual spray will protect against infestation as well as hatchings in coming days.

Remember to use pesticide only on the places which do not come in direct skin contact with you or the kids. For instance, use these products in crevices and cracks, below cushions, chairs, carpet edges, wall void etc.

Encasement of Mattress

The encasement is another treatment that you can choose to get rid of bedbugs in the mattress. While there are many types of encasements available, you must choose the one that best fit your alleviation needs. Once you install the encasement, any bed bugs or maybe eggs that might still be present in mattress or box spring will get trapped in the encasement and will die eventually.  These have to be entomologist certified.

However, to avail the perfect results, your best bet is to use the encasement, after the destruction or physical removal of bed bugs and eggs, with the help of other mentioned treatments. Also, make sure the encasement is intact properly and keep a periodic check for it.  This also helps with any retreatment that may need to be done, now you have sealed up the cracks and crevices.

Bed Bug Dust

Instead of using common pesticides, you can also use the dust insecticide specifically. Apply the bed bug dust, with the help of hand duster, in between mattresses, under baseboards, behind drawers, behind light switches, electrical outlets and under furniture.

Choosing dust insecticide might seem like a messy option but it is better than using aerosol or sprays. This is because, this treatment can easily be done in the areas which are less accessible and it lasts much longer – even several months in comparison to aerosol or sprays, lasting for only a few days.  Remember to review all the label for specific dust products.  

Remember that not all products for bed bug control works or is labeled for use on all types of surfaces or application types.  If you really want to be successful it will be necessary to use multiple items, concentrates, aerosols, and dust all at the same time.

Bed bugs are hard to get. They remain hidden and the only way they choose to make their presence felt is by biting you off. Hence, it’s time to give yourself a break and get rid of these mini creatures right away!

However, no matter which above-listed treatment seems best for your condition, make sure you follow all the safety measures properly, especially when you choose to go with pesticides.


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