For a lot of people, having bed bugs is quite upsetting. Although they are considered harmless, they do make sleeping very difficult for humans since they stage full out biting attacks. This is why it is understandable that people would want to throw away their mattresses to get a decent night’s sleep. There are however, a few things you can do to get rid of these pests without needing to throw away a good mattress every time you have difficulty sleeping. Professional extermination is always one of the best ways you can get rid of bed bugs. Bed bugs hide in very small places during the day and grow in numbers very quickly. Professional exterminators use insecticides to kill bed bugs and they sometimes use other methods in combination with these pesticides.
Another way you can reduce the number of bed bugs in a mattress is to steam clean the mattress or have it vacuumed with cleaners that have HEPA filters. There are also exterminators that would suggest heating not just the mattress but also the bedroom or even the whole house to kill the bugs since bed bugs are susceptible to heat. 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. After the bed bugs have been eliminated after having it steam cleaned, vacuumed and treated, the next thing that has to be done is to make sure that the mattress is covered in a special protective plastic. You need to be sure though that you buy a plastic that is allergen rated to protect the mattress 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. Keeping the plastic cover is also helpful since it will keep the remaining bed bugs away from places that they hide during the day, making it easier for you to spot them and get rid of them. Only dispose the mattress if it is in too bad condition or if it is too infested with bed bugs. It is important to be sure though that nobody would use the mattress by putting a sign that the mattress has bed bugs before you finally dispose of the thing. 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.