If you ever had to face a bed bug infestation of you home, you probably wonder how to treat bed bugs on mattress. The bed is usually the most common place that’s attacked by the insects first. This guide will give you a deep information on how bed bugs enter your home, what attracts them, how to treat furniture that’s infested by the bed bugs and how to prevent any further bed bug problems.
How Do Bed Bugs Get on Your Mattress?
Bed bugs may infest your mattress by getting to your bed from many different places. The most common sources of bed bugs are related to travelling or bringing home items that have been previously owned by someone else. Some of the most common sources of bed bugs are:
- Clothing or luggage
- Motels and resorts
- Movie theaters
- Parks and other public places
- Boxes and packaging
- Bedding of any type
- Used Furniture
- Purses and backpacks
There are also other factors that lead to an increased chance of ending up with bed bugs on your mattress such as: poor hygiene; dirty sheets and dirty laundry. This, though, doesn’t mean the insects are attracted only to dirty clothing and covers, it’s absolutely possible to have an infestation even if your home is very clean and tidy.
By nature, bed bugs are nocturnal, so they are most active during the nights and are usually attracted by the warmth and carbon dioxide emitted from a person’s body. This is why usually furniture such as beds is infested.
How to Know You Have Bed bugs in the Bed
It’s not that hard to notice that your mattress has been infested but sometimes there might be confusion if bed bugs are responsible for things such as itchy bite marks. To make sure that bed bugs are the insects hiding under you bed, check for any of the following signs of bed bugs infestation:
- Red, itchy bite marks on the body (mind that 70% of the people do not react to the bed bug bites)
- Dark, brown fecal stainings on the mattress
- Coriander smell in the room
- Blood stains on the sheet or pillows
- Small white egg shells under the mattress
- Live bed bugs
What Kills Bed Bugs in the Mattress Instantly
Home remedies for bed bugs have proven to be efficient only at the early stages of the infestation. If the insects are spread everywhere around the premises of your home, getting rid of the bugs requires a more professional approach to the situation. This means arranging either a heat treatment or insecticide treatment for the bed bugs on the mattress – both are good but vary in price, effectiveness and methodology.
Heat treatment is very effective and fast way to get rid of bed bugs on mattress. It usually guarantees 100% eradication of the insects, if it’s done professionally. The good thing about this pest extermination process is that bed bugs, no matter their life stage, are very vulnerable to the temperature of 56°C – it kills them in short time.
Mind that in order to provide full safety, pets, electronics and soft synthetic fabrics should be removed from the room that is going to be heat treated.
The whole extermination process takes about 4-6 hours, based on the size of the property that needs to be treated.
Insecticides have been used for many years as a method of pest control against bed bugs. The substances that are used for bed bugs extermination now are very advanced and will have no impact on your health as long as you follow the instructions of the pest technicians.
Three types of insecticides are most popular and are still being used as the common method of bed bugs control:
Fast-acting, contact insecticide is used primarily for furniture that people touch rarely. Cypermethrin is a fast-acting insecticide. Residual insecticide is applied deep into furniture that we usually have contact with such as sofas. Most popular residual insecticides are aerosol sprays. Dust insecticide is used on surfaces such as cracks and crevices, floors, ceilings, behind cabinets, refrigerators and sinks. The diatomaceous earth is a type of dust insecticide.
Fast-acting, contact insecticide is used primarily for furniture that people touch rarely. Cypermethrin is a fast-acting insecticide.
Residual insecticide is applied deep into furniture that we usually have contact with such as sofas. Most popular residual insecticides are aerosol sprays.
Dust insecticide is used on surfaces such as cracks and crevices, floors, ceilings, behind cabinets, refrigerators and sinks. The diatomaceous earth is a type of dust insecticide.
You can read more on how we proceed with the bed bug treatment service we offer. How long it takes to be finished and what are all the steps from booking the service to getting rid of the bed bugs.
How to Prevent Further Bed Bug Infestations of Your Mattress
Here are a few simple precautions that can help prevent bed bug infestation in your home:
- Don’t leave luggage on the bed. Inspect it outside first;
- Get a protective mattress cover for bed bugs. Encase your mattress and box spring with it to minimize the possible hiding places;
- Don’t bring home used furniture or bedding;
- What cannot be washed on high temperature, vacuum it;
- Declutter your home – this reduces the number of hiding spots for bed bugs;
- Keep pets out of bed bug-infested-rooms. The insects will feed on them when they don’t use humans for sustenance.