Have you ever had to face a bed bug infestation in your home? If so, you’re first thought was probably how on earth am I going to treat these bed bugs infesting my mattress. Our guide to bed bugs on mattress problems is going to give you all the information you need on how bed bugs may have entered your home, how to treat your mattress and how to prevent a bed bug infestation happening again in the future.
Naturally, because they’re bed bugs we are dealing with here, the bed and the mattress are the places where you’re going to find these pests first. We want to give you 10 steps to take when you find bed bugs on your mattress.
How Have Bed Bugs Infested Your Mattress?
Bed bugs could have got into your mattress in a number of ways. If you travel around a lot, this could be the main source of bed bugs in your home. Bed bugs are a huge problem when travelling, and you could be bringing them home in your luggage. You can also catch bed bugs by bringing home second hand items from someone else’s property that was infested.
You can find bed bugs in:
- Clothing and suitcases
- Hotels, motels and resorts
- Storage facilities
- Second hand furniture
- Purses and rucksacks
- Taxis and public transport
Having poor hygiene, a dirty home, dirty sheets and dirty laundry possibly contribute to you suffering from a bed bug infestation in your home. But don’t make the mistake that bed bugs only infest dirty homes – they will be infest any property, even if it’s clean and tidy.
Bed bugs are a nocturnal pest, so they will mainly do their dirty work at night. This is because they are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide. This gas comes out of you in bucket loads as you sleep. This is why your bed and other items of furniture (like sofas) are usually infested by bed bugs.
How To Tell If You Have A Bed Bug Infestation
It’s not going to be hard to tell that you’ve got a bed bug infestation, but there can be some confusion surrounding which pests may be biting you. You have to make sure that there are no bed bugs hiding under your bed either.
Here are some signs of a bed bug problem you can look out for to indicate you have an infestation:
- Having red, itchy bite marks
- Faecal matter staining the mattress and sheets
- A peppery smell in the room
- Blood stains on the sheets or pillows
- Spotting small white egg shells in or on your mattress
- Spotting live bed bugs on mattress seams
How To Kill Bed Bugs On Mattress Instantly
Most home remedies to kill bed bug don’t always work effectively because they are simply not up to the job. Bed bugs can spread to every single room of your house, so a full blown infestation must be treated by a pest control expert.
Having your house treated for bed bugs may involve either a heat treatment or insecticide treatment for the bed bugs in your mattress. Here at Empire, we use heat treatment, as it’s the most effective form of bed bug treatment.
Heat treatment is the fastest way to get rid of bed bugs in and on your mattress because it kills bed bugs quickly at a high temperature. It guarantees 100% eradication of any insects lurking in your done if it’s carried out by a professional. The great thing about heat treatment is that it doesn’t matter what stage of life the bed bug is in, because the high heat will kill them all quickly. Based on the size of your property, it can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to treat your home.
Other Treatments The Professionals Offer
With insecticide treatments for bed bugs on mattress issues, there are a number of different options. Insecticides have been used for years to control and exterminate bed bugs. But modern technology has allowed us to move away from toxic options. We are ever moving towards eco-friendly treatments such as heat bed bug treatment.
The substances they use in bed bug extermination now are incredibly advanced, and will have no long term impacts on your health as long as you listen to your professional pest technician and follow all instructions carefully.
You can find out more information on how to hire Empire for a bed bug treatment and the services we offer by giving us a call today. We will let you know how long it will take to be finished, what the steps are and book you in at a time and date to suit you for your treatment. This is because we know your time is valuable. Bed bugs are a particularly nasty pest to get rid of, which is why we offer 24 hour bed bug control in London and the surrounding areas.
How To Prevent Bed Bugs From Re-Infesting Your Mattress
There are some simple precautions you can take to prevent bed bug infestations from reoccurring in the future, such as deep cleaning your home. To that end, here’s our guide to keep bed bugs out of your home after a bed bug mattress treatment.
- Don’t leave luggage inside, unpack outside;
- Get a protective bed bug mattress cover;
- Don’t bring home second hand furniture or bedding;
- Wash all your bedding and sheets on a high temperature;
- Vacuum regularly;
- Declutter your home.