Bed Bugs And When To Change Your Mattress

For a lot of people, having bed bugs is quite upsetting. Bed bugs are essentially harmless and they hide during the day but at night, they can make sleeping impossible to do for humans. This is why it is understandable that people would want to throw away their mattresses to get a decent night’s sleep. There are a number of things you can do to get rid of bed bugs without you throwing away a good mattress every time. Professional extermination is always one of the best ways you can get rid of bed bugs. Bed bugs hide during the day and hide in very small places where they quickly repopulate. A professional exterminator uses insecticides to get rid of bed bugs and use a combination of these pesticides with other methods.

You can also have the exterminator steam clean and vacuum the mattress with a cleaner that has a HEPA filter reduces the population of bed bugs. And since bed bugs are susceptible to heat, there are exterminators that suggest to heat the mattress, the bedroom and even the whole house to make sure that all traces of bed bugs are eliminated. There are however a number of things you need to keep in mind before you try to eliminate bed bugs on your own or even use chemicals. To begin with, you should only apply the chemicals to the mattress’s seams and not on the surface where you sleep. If the population of the bugs become smaller after you have steam cleaned the mattress and vacuumed it, you can then encase the mattress in plastic covers. Buy protective plastic that is allergen rated so you can protect it against dust mites.

Keep the protective plastic on the mattress for at least a year so you can get rid of the last traces of bed bugs. The plastic cover will keep the remaining bed bugs from hiding in those hard to reach areas which make it easier for you to spot them and get rid of them. You should only dispose of the mattress if it is in very bad shape or if it has too many bed bugs that it is already beyond salvage. And to make sure that nobody would use the mattress when you dispose of it, put on a sign saying that the mattress is infested with bed bugs so nobody would want to take it. Preventing bed bugs from getting into your mattress at home is easier to do than having to deal with these bugs at home so learning about preventative measures can help.