9 Tips to Keep Your Mattress Safe from Bed Bugs and Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation

Having to face a bed bug infestation can be an absolute nightmare. Your bed is the most common place to find them and you usually spend the most time in it.

How to Check for Bed Bugs in the Bed

Pull back your bedding and check for any signs that indicate bed bug activity, such as fecal stains and blood spots. Inspect your mattress thoroughly and pay special attention to the edges, seams, and air-holes. Inspect both sides of your mattress.

Remember to check the bed frame and headboard and pay special attention to the staples, screw holes, corners and wooden joints.

4 Tips to Prevent and Control Bed Bugs in Your Bed

1.      Cut Off the Access Route to Your Bed

Bed bugs can’t jump or fly so they have to crawl to reach you via the legs of your bed frame, headboard, footboard and any other walls or furniture that might touch the bed.

Cutting off the bed bugs access routes to your bed will stop them biting and also block off their ability to reproduce.

2.      Set Up Bed Bug Interceptors

You can set up bed bug interceptors under the legs of your bed to prevent and trap any bed bugs that try to climb up into your bed. This will also help you monitor the bed bug population.

3.      Encase Your Mattresses and Box Springs

Use encasements to save and salvage any beds that have been infested with bedbugs. Once these encasements have been installed, any bed bugs, eggs or larvae that are still in the mattress or in the box springs will remain trapped in the encased mattress until they starve to death.

Here are a couple of other things you should consider:

●       Physically remove or destroy as many bed bugs and eggs as possible before encasing your mattress. Steam Cleaners work great for this.

●       Encasements can only remain effective if they remain completely intact so it is important to ensure that they do not get ripped, worn or torn.

4.      Don’t Leave Your Luggage Lying Around

Take extra precautions to avoid bringing any bed bugs home from your travels and avoid placing your suitcase on your bed as this allows bed bugs to enter it from your luggage.

Check for signs of bed bugs such as dark spots and smears or dead bugs that look like a watermelon seed.

Launder your clothes after returning from your travels at the highest temperature whereby the heat can kill off the bed bugs, eggs and larvae.

Make sure to vacuum your suitcase and wrap it in a plastic bag before storage after which you should immediately clean out your vacuum cleaner.

5 Tips to on How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Bedding and Mattress

1.      Isolate and Clean Your Bed

You can do this by moving your bed away from the wall and away from any other furniture that it is touching after which you can place bed bug interceptor cups under each of the legs of your bed. This liquid insecticide will trap and kill any bed bugs trying to get into your bed.

2.      Remove and Launder Your Bed Sheets, Pillows and Linens

Remove your infested bed sheets, pillowcases and other removable covers. Make sure that you carry them tightly enclosed in plastic trash bags to avoid further contamination on the way to the washing machine. Wash them in hot water.

3.      Heating and Steaming

Wash and dry your bedding at the highest setting which is usually effective at 113 degrees Fahrenheit if sustained for 90 minutes at a stretch. Switch up the temperature to 118 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 minutes to reach 100% mortality.

4.      Vacuum

Vacuum your mattress thoroughly and very carefully with the hose attachment, paying particular attention to the indentations, crevices and seams where bed bugs like hiding. Empty the vacuum cleaner bag outside and clean the vacuum container to ensure that there are no bed bugs hiding in the vacuum cleaner.

5.      Professional Bed Bug Treatment

It’s best to call in the professionals as home DIY bed bug treatments simply don’t cut it when it comes to bed bugs as these methods usually cause bed bugs to move deeper into your home to hide.

Professional bed bug treatment involves steaming or heating an infested area to 118 degrees Fahrenheit and maintaining that temperature for 70 minutes which is near impossible for non-professionals.

Residential pest control services also tend to have a more specialized and integrated approach with special tools that help in killing bed bugs in any hard to reach places as well.

About the author:

When people find their homes and offices infested with pests, it is not uncommon for them to panic. Raymond Web has taken upon him the task to educate people on pest prevention and control strategies helping them keep their surroundings healthy, safe and pest-free.

Being the digital marketing manager for Take Care Termite and Pest Control, in Tracy, CA, Raymond has in-depth understanding of people and their pain points due to pests, which he efficiently uses in his content to educate people and add value to their lives. Click here to learn more on how to find and get rid of bedbugs.

Avoid Bed Bugs When You Travel – Only Bring Back Memories

You have probably seen lots of articles and blogs written about how to avoid bed bugs when you travel.  If you weren’t planning a trip or weren’t thinking about bed bugs, you probably didn’t read them.  I know I wouldn’t unless I worked where I do and talk to people on a daily basis with bed bug problems.

To summarize the articles on how to avoid bed bugs:

  • put luggage in back seat and not trunk of rental car;
  • never place luggage on floor or bed of hotel/motel room;
  • inspect bed upon arrival for signs of bed bugs;
  • keep luggage closed and zipped up while it is in the room.

But, what about if despite these precautions you bring home a few souvenir bed bugs?  How can you keep this accident from becoming a large problem?

Don’t unpack your luggage in your house and by all means, don’t ever place your suitcase on your bed! That’s right, when you come home, no matter how tired you are, put the suitcases in the garage, carport, or patio.  Don’t bring them in the house.  If a bed bug was hitching a ride, then when he decides to go mobile, he won’t do it in your house.  There isn’t much to eat or do in the garage or carport or patio so he can starve or die of loneliness.  Its not your concern.  Much like a vampire, you just don’t want to invite him inside.

Once you are ready to unpack, gather all your clothing and take it straight to the laundry room and into the washer.  If it is more than one load, leave it outside until it can come into the washer.  If your clothing is not washable, then put it in the dryer on high heat for 20 minutes..  That will kill any hidden bugs.

Once the luggage is empty, carefully inspect all the creases and folds, especially the lining.  A flashlight can make this job easier.  Look for hidden bugs.  If you own a dry heat steamer (like the Vapamore Primo) this is a great time to steam the inside and outside of the suitcase.  Even if you don’t see signs of bugs, its a good idea to freshen up your suitcase on occasion, just for hygiene purposes. Make sure the item is completely dry, zip it closed and now you can store it.  Because I keep my suitcases in a closet that contains off-season clothing, I never put my suitcase right away.  It doesn’t hurt the suitcase or take up too much room in my garage if I keep it out there for 7 to 10 days just to be sure.  Not that I have a paranoid fear of bed bugs, but like I said, I talk to people every day that bring the buggers home from a trip.

If you have one of our zippered bed bug covers already on your bed, you know that no matter where they roam, the bed bug won’t make it into your mattress.  That is also a comforting feeling when you get back in your own bed after a long trip.  Dorothy was right, there really is no place like home. Just don’t share yours with bed bugs.

Til Next Time!

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