Mattress bed bugs are tiny, blood-sucking insects that have a way of making their presence known when they’ve found their way into your home. They’re good hitchhikers that can cling on to any piece of clothing and into your home, so it’s easy to understand why you’ve not been spared from their wrath.
Bed bugs feed on human blood, usually while we sleep. Therefore, the most common place to find bed bugs is – you guessed it – your mattress.
How to identify mattress bed bugs
As soon as they start multiplying, bed bugs are pretty easy to identify. Most people get distinct bite marks on their skin, and they leave blood stain spots on bedsheets. Around your home, you’ll find them hiding close to their feeding spots at strategic places on your bed or close by, like under a bedside table.
They appear in different phases of their life cycle, so being able to identify them at each stage is a critical first step.
Bed bugs start their journey in their transparent egg stage where they hatch into a yellowish-amber form called a nymph that’s about a millimetre long.
The adult bed bug is a darker reddish-brown and about a quarter of an inch long. As they take in blood, they go from being flat to plump. As they change from a nymph to their adult form, they tend to shed their skin so this could be another indicator that they’re close by.
Another major giveaway that you’re dealing with bedbugs is a horrid smell when you try to get rid of them.
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Dangers of bed bugs in your home
Bed bugs are an eerie sight to behold and if left untreated, they can multiply at lightning speed and spread to almost every part of your home.
And if the thought of them alone doesn’t give you sleepless nights, their bites certainly will.
Mattress bed bugs have a numbing agent that they inject into the skins of their prey before feasting on their blood. It wears off after a while and that’s when you wake up to a stinging pain. The bites itch and can sometimes trigger an allergic reaction. These insects also leave blood spots all over your sheets.
How to get rid of bed bugs
Even though these pesky home invaders can be difficult to eradicate, there are a couple of things you can do to prevent their spread once they’re identified in your home. After you’ve searched the house, you’ll notice their common hiding spots are the seams of mattresses and beddings. The following steps should be followed to get rid of them:
1. Wash your bedding in hot water
Remove all your bed and pillow covers and place them in a plastic bag to ensure the bugs don’t get out. Place them straight into the washing machine and wash them using hot water. Following that, dry the bedding with hot heat for a minimum of thirty minutes. This will kill the mattress bed bugs and their eggs.
2. Use a steamer on the mattress
Since you can’t wash your mattress, the next best thing is to use a steamer and apply it to the seams of your mattress. Go over each section at least twice. If you have any indentations or designs on the mattress, you’ll want to work on those areas too.
3. Vacuum the mattress and surrounding areas
When you’re done steaming, go over all the areas of your mattress with a vacuum to get rid of the dead bed bugs and the ones that might have escaped the steaming process. Remember to vacuum surrounding areas like under your stands and decorative rugs if you have any.
4. Use a bed bug-proof mattress cover
One way to prevent mattress bed bugs from infesting your beddings and mattresses again is by using bed bug-proof mattress covers. Zippered mattress covers with little to no seams for the bugs to hide are usually the best options.
Extra measures for complete extermination
Simple cleaning might not work and extra measures should be put in place if the pests have gotten out of control and have become an infestation. The following steps should be taken if necessary:
Call a professional
This will come at a price but pest control will get the job done and rid your home of those blood-sucking bugs. They’re trained professionals so they always know where to look and how to best approach any infestation they come across.
Some insecticides are specifically designed to get rid of pests like bed bugs. They usually contain active compounds like pyrethrins and pyrethroids. The best way to combat the bugs is by combining both the use of these chemicals and decluttering your home.
Buy a new mattress
Old mattresses tend to harbour more bacteria and build up dirt over time. If your bed bug problem gets out of hand, sometimes the best option is to get a new mattress.
Mattress bed bugs don’t spread diseases but they are extremely difficult to contain and exterminate. If they manage to invade your home, you may have to spend a ton to get rid of them. The best way to prevent a total spread is by catching it early on.
Checking the seams of your mattress regularly and routine washing and vacuuming of your pillows, mattress, and bedding is a proactive way of prevention. Declutter your environment and get rid of any item that can serve as a breeding space for them. This involves old mattresses used for more than 7 years.
Remember to replace your mattress, pillows, and beddings regularly.
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