How to get rid of bed bugs in a mattress
When you first learn that your home is the site of a bed bug infestation, there’s a tendency to go a little ballistic. After all, we’ve all heard the horror stories, which explains why some homeowners will immediately begin throwing out their mattresses or even burning them. Okay, maybe not actually burning them (we hope), but homeowners do get rather desperate at times. But will these drastic actions succeed in getting rid of bed bugs? For the most part, the answer is a resounding “no.”
Let’s take a look at why such actions aren’t effective for stopping bed bug infestations.
Disposing of your mattress
Bed bug infestations are scary, no doubt about it. Throwing out your mattress does seem to make sense on the surface … throw out the source and the problem will go away, right?
The problem with this logic is that bed bugs can exist in a number of other places, like your couch, lounge chair, and walls. So unless you’re willing to toss out every bit of furniture and even the walls separating the rooms of your house, you need to treat the problem in a different way.
A story to learn about: Why is disposing your mattress a bad idea?
We once had a clients who decided to get rid of her bed before having a bed bug inspection. She saw two bed bugs on the box spring and one under the mattress, she also had bed bug bites. She freaked out and discarded her bed and bedding. The problem started a few weeks after when she had another bed bug infestation in her new bed. She was ready to cry when she called us.
What did she do wrong?
She was sure that after throwing out her bed and bedding, her bed bug problem was going to be solved. However, she was not careful enough when taking these extreme measures and she had spread the infestation thought her home. When we conducted our bed bug dog inspection, we found bed bugs in her living room curtains, her sofa, new mattress and box spring. She lived in an apartment building and when bringing the bed down the stairs she might have left some bed bug eggs or actual bed bugs on the stairs. After we finished our bed bug inspection, our bed bug exterminator proceeded with the removal process.
We have seen many stories like this one. It is very easy to get grossed out about bed bug infestation but sometimes the DIY approach causes more harm. Remember bed bugs are crawlers and taking them out of your house does not mean that they won’t come back or won’t infest a neighbor.
Spraying like crazy
When we see bugs in our home, our first tendency is often to grab the closest bug spray and kill them instantly. Bed bugs, however, will take refuge in all the nooks and crannies in your walls, and in the folds of your furniture, making it very difficult — if not impossible — to reach the little parasites.
Bug bombs fall into this category as well. Other insects will be greatly affected by filling your home with pesticide. But many bed bugs will stay hidden, untouched by the poison.
Refusing professional help
As a homeowner, you probably want to do as much as possible all by yourself. That’s definitely a commendable attitude to take. When it comes to bed bug infestations, however, it’s also a risky attitude to take. Bed bugs are often difficult to find and professionals know what to look for.
Plus, if you miss only a few bed bugs, you might be looking at subsequent infestations in the future, and you’ll have to start all over again. Not only will a professional company get rid of your bed bug infestation problem, they’ll guarantee their work. Which means that if any are missed and the critters come back, these pros will return to finish the job.
Signs of bed bugs on mattress
There are some sings that you can follow to make sure that the problem that your having is a bed bug infestation. The main ones are visual signs of bed bugs (you see them) and bed bug bites. We have found cases where people think that they have bed bugs but they are getting bitten by another insect. Make sure you identify the bites before jumping to conclusions. Other insects’ bites might look very similar to bed bug bites. This article Difference Between Bed Bug Bites And Other Bites helps you compare bed bug bites with other insects’ bites.