When completely getting rid of your mattress to annihilate these pests isn’t probable at the moment, then learning how to get rid of them yourself is the next best thing.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
If you wake up with itches or even small red bumps on your skin, it may be possible that you have bed bugs. Recognizing the signs of a bed bug infestation is important to catch earlier on so you can deal with the problem before it gets even more out of hand. Here are several more signs to look for with a possible bed bug infestation:
- Blood stains on your pillowcases or sheets
- Bed bug excrement on mattresses and sheets, or even walls
- Egg shells, shed skin from the bed bugs, or even eggs
- Musty odor that comes from the pests’ scent glands
If you think you might have an infestation on your hands, remove all the bedding and check for the signs of bed bug excrement carefully. Examine seams in the framing of the bed and box springs. Bed bugs aren’t just limited to the bed, either. Make sure to check the area surrounding the bed including book cases, inside the books themselves, edges of the carpet, and even electrical outlets. Another great place to examine for bed bugs is the closet, both on carpet edges and inside clothing.
Clean Bed and Surrounding Areas
When it comes to getting rid of bed bugs in a mattress, the first step is to clean both the bed and the surrounding area. This means washing your sheets, vacuuming along, under, and on top of the mattress, and also vacuuming underneath the bed as well as the surrounding areas.
Once you’re finished using the vacuum cleaner, make sure to empty it out in a tightly sealed plastic bag so that further infestation, whether in your home or inside the vacuum cleaner, doesn’t occur.
Treat the Bed with Pesticides
This is something that you definitely need to be careful with, seeing that some pesticides are harmful to you, your children, or even your pets who are living with you. If possible, make sure to purchase a safe pesticide that will effectively get rid of the bed bugs plaguing your home.
If you decide on purchasing a pesticide that is a little more potent, make sure to consult a professional or the pesticide’s label to get to know the risks, how to properly apply it, and how much time to wait before it’s safe to use the mattress again.
Physical Removal with Encasing
If pesticides are something you want to avoid when it comes to getting rid of your bed bugs in your mattress, a great method to try is encasing. Made of tightly woven fabric or a thin membrane layer, the casing provides a protective layer between you and the bed bugs.
Not only are you better protected, but an encasing traps the bed bugs inside, making it so they eventually starve and die. Encasements are only effective if they’re intact, so make sure to periodically check it to ensure the best results when it comes to getting rid of bed bugs in your mattress.
Steamers are also a highly effective way to getting rid of bed bugs inside a mattress. Just a short twenty minutes of exposure to the bed bugs in temperatures that exceed 120°F is lethal to these pests no matter which stage they’re in (full grown adults or still just eggs).
However, if you don’t steam these pests correctly, it won’t kill them, so that’s why it’s important to get the right steamer and also follow the manufacturer’s directions and safety advice that comes with the product. You can purchase steamers at most retail stores at a decent price, so if using this method, make sure to choose the right steamer for your needs.
If you find that you have bed bugs in your mattress, these are great tips to help you get rid of them. No one wants to live with bed bugs in their bed, so get rid of them before the problem can get any more out of hand!