How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in a Mattress?

Bed bugs are a common annoyance found typically in older and soiled mattresses. You may have encountered these unpleasant creatures in older motels. They feed on the soft materials in your mattress and pillows, adding dead and unwanted weight to your bed, and making your night of sleep less comfortable. In some cases, bed bugs have been known to cause some serious irritation. They can bite. To get rid of these and save your mattress, it is usually necessary to call an exterminator, because ordinary pesticides should not be used where you sleep. An exterminator will know what to look for, where to look, and also give you recommendations on how to take preventive steps so that another infestation will not happen. Some things to watch out for to recognize a bed bug problem is welts on your skin after waking up, or dark spots on your bed, mattress, and linens. A bed that gets used a lot is more likely to develop a bed bug problem. If you’ve already vacuumed and cleaned your mattress and done everything else you should to recover your mattress, there may still be escaped bugs lurking, which can lay more eggs. There are sprays and poisons that can be applied around the areas where you sleep to kill the bugs that are left, but you should not apply these poisons directly on the bed where you sleep. Throwing out an old mattress is a good measure to prevent further problems, but if this is not an option for you, then be sure to call an exterminator. Terminix is a pest control company with a good reputation and affordable prices, so you should consider looking into their services. If you find blood stains on any of your bedding, this is another sign of a bug problem, as you may have crushed a mature insect in your sleep. If you are concerned about any bites you may have gotten, see a doctor immediately. Bed bugs have been known to carry diseases.

Unlike dust mites, bed bugs can be seen and are dark brown in color. Check out your closet and clothes hampers, too, because they may have jumped on some of your clothes at one time or another. You should thoroughly vacuum out your mattress and apply a slip cover, and wash affected clothes in hot water, and you should vacuum around your bed. After these measures have been taken, you should still call the exterminator to ensure that there is no further problem. There are some sprays that can be applied directly to your mattress, but it will say so on the bottle. If it does not, don’t use it, as it may irritate your skin or worse. If you have endured bites from bed bugs, you should wash them with soap and warm water regularly. To relieve the itch, you can use calamine lotion. Be extra careful to take care of the bites on small children to prevent infection. Children have weaker immune systems than adults, and you should take the necessary precautions. If you’re concerned about your child, take him or her to see a doctor. Boric acid can be purchased in a powder form to help control bed bugs in the surrounding area, but because of its irritating qualities, it should not be applied directly to the bed. If you decide to buy a brand new mattress, you can prevent having the same problems in the future by using the steps discussed above. In addition, you can prevent infestations by keeping your room clean and vacuuming on a regular basis, including corners of the room and under the bed where dirt and dust tend to accumulate. A thoroughly clean house will have fewer problems than a house where dust, pollen, dirt, and other contaminants are allowed to roam free. Cleanliness is better for your health, too, in that it will keep outside germs and bugs outside where they belong, and they cannot bring diseases inside with them or cause irritating or rash inducing stings. Bed bugs are nasty, but they are easy to get rid of by following some of the above suggestions, and if all else fails, call your local exterminator for help.


Author: Darren

Darren Urman became a professional writer 15 years ago, when he retired as a building contractor. Darren joined the THF team of writers in July, 2009. He enjoys cooking, writing, and traveling.

5 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in a Mattress?”

  1. i have a clean house , since i have my grandchild that lives with me , and i have noticed bedbugs in my bed i ve been spraying and re spraying , vaccuming and doing everything i can . i m afraid i m going to have to throw my whole bed away ,
    we recently moved from one apartment to another i never noticed them at the old place but more so since we have moved . is there anything i can do to save my bed , i dont have much money , enough to just pay rent and bills what can i do

    1. The bedbugs may have come from anywhere, or have already been in the apartment when you moved in. Unfortunately, most of these self-help methods mentioned in this article aren’t adequate enough to rid a home of bedbugs, according to Harold Harlan, in an interview with Dateline:

      You may need to break down and hire a professional exterminator. It may help to thoroughly clean the mattress and then seal the entire mattress and box springs in plastic for at least a year. You should also thoroughly wash the bed linen in as hot of water as you can, using a little chlorox bleach if possible. Then dry it at low heat for at least 20 minutes. You should also seal the pillows in plastic and then keep clean pillow cases on them. But it may not be safe to use a lot of plastic around the bed and pillows if you have a very young grandchild that might somehow accidentally get suffocated by the plastic.

  2. we r having a problem with bed bugs but its only in my daughters room that we have found them we got rid of the whole bed completely cleaned out the room vacuumed the carpet and bleached everything. also the new bed has a mattress protector on it and we have realized we still have them but my question is we r getting rid of the carpet because that’s the only place they could be living i think please give me some helpful hints on how to get rid of them

    1. Misty, bed bugs usually reside within a certain distance of well-traveled paths, not just in the carpet or on the mattress. You may find this other bed bug article and forum thread more useful : I can’t remember which thread it’s on, but I posted a link to a video that provides lots of useful information on getting rid of bedbugs. Just read all of the related articles and forum threads here on the THF site and you should get plenty of ideas on how to get rid of the bed bugs. The main things to do is to keep vacuuming the carpet and beds, keep the clothes and bed linen clean, keep the mattress sealed in plastic for at least a year.

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