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 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. One of the best ways to get rid of bed bugs is through professional extermination. The difficult thing about bed bugs is they hide in very small places during the day and repopulate very quickly. A professional exterminator uses insecticides to get rid of bed bugs and use a combination of these pesticides with other methods.
You can also cut the re-population of bed bugs by steam cleaning the mattress and vacuuming the mattress with cleaners that has HEPA filters. And because bed bugs could not stand the heat, exterminators can also use equipment that will heat the entire room and mattress to kill all signs of bed bugs. 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 start with, you should only apply the chemicals to the seams of the mattress and not on the sleeping surface. 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. You need to be sure though that you buy a plastic that is allergen rated to protect the mattress against dust mites.
To be sure that you are going to get rid of all traces of bed bugs, you have to keep the plastic cover on the mattress for at least a year. Keeping the mattress inside the plastic cover will also keep the remaining bed bugs from hiding in hard to reach places and you can easily see 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. You need to start learning about preventative measures to be sure that your mattresses at home stay bed bug free.