Bedbugs & What to Throw Out With the Mattress

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Bedbugs are pests that suck warm blood. They do not transmit disease, but they can make getting a good night's sleep hard to get. Infestations have been on the rise as people travel more widely and more often. Remove the bloodsuckers with these tips.

Luggage

  • Luggage is often a place where bedbugs hide during the day. If you cannot be sure that your luggage is decontaminated by getting into the cracks and crevices, you may have to throw it out. However, according to bedbugcentral.com, the best way to prevent an infestation is to lay your luggage on porous services or luggage racks, not on the bed or the carpet of a hotel room.

Clothing

  • Clothing can be another place where bedbugs hide. You do not have to throw every item of clothing away. However, according to bedbugcentral.com, launder infested clothing in hot water (water temperature should be above 120 degrees).

Linens

  • Linens are often the place where bedbugs lay their eggs. The eggs can be deposited within the lining of the bed sheets. The sheets can be thrown away or you can get an exterminator to professionally add poison to the furniture where the sheets were stored so as not to cause a reinfestation. The bed sheets can also be washed in detergent and very hot water.

Mattress Pads

  • The mattress pad is the most common place for bedbugs. Getting rid of the pad can often help rid a home of an infestation, however ,according to bedbugcentral.com, covering a mattress with a plastic zipable cover can also kill off the bugs, since they cannot escape and feed.

Furniture

  • Bedbugs come out at night and reside in cracks and crevices, which is why infestations can be hard to treat simply by cleaning a room or a home. If you do not want to throw away thousands of dollars worth of furniture, be sure to treat the cracks and crevices of infected furniture with ample amounts of pesticide or insecticide. Make sure the products are safe to use around children and or pets.

Curtains or Wall Treatments

  • Bedbugs also hide within the walls of the home. They are so small that they can slip between seams and folds of wallpaper or curtains, and thus be hard to find. Eradicate them by either removing and throwing away infected wallpaper or curtains. You can also deposit pesticide into the cracks and crevices of the wall, remove the wallpaper and wash the curtains in hot water.

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