Chemical-Free Ways of Protecting Your Mattress Against Bedbugs

Some people will tell you that the best way to protect your mattress against a bedbug infestation is to spray it with pesticides that can kill these little buggers. This method may be able to get rid of the bedbugs, but if you look at it closely, it’s only going to give you more troubles.

For one, you’ll inhale the dangerous fumes coming from the pesticide, which is not good for the health. Two, pesticides have a huge environmental impact. Three, the chemicals from pesticides can harm the mattress. If you want to avoid these, then here are some chemical-free ways of protecting your mattress against these pests.

First Line of Defense

The first line of defense against a bedbug infestation is to prevent them from getting near your mattress in the first place. You may not know it yet but the most common cause of having a bedbug infestation is because you brought the pests into your home.

Traveling to other places is the most common way of picking up bedbugs. They can crawl into your luggage and hitch a ride. When you place your luggage near your mattress, the little pests can easily crawl away and make your mattress their new home.

For this reason, you need to check your bags for any bedbugs before you store them in your closet. See to it that there are no insects crawling in the nooks and crannies of your luggage bags.

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Dealing with Bedbugs

If your mattress is already mildly infested with bedbugs, then get rid of them the safe way. With your vacuum cleaner, vacuum all areas of the mattress, especially the crevices. Be very thorough in the task since you want to get all the bedbugs, adults and eggs alike. You also want to get rid of the casings since these can trigger an allergic reaction. Once done, remove the vacuum bag and place it inside a plastic trash bag. Seal it tightly and place it in the freezer. The low temperature can kill them. If not, you can also soak the bag in very hot water. This can also eliminate them.

As for the mattress, you would want to get rid of the blood spots they leave. All you have to do to remove this is to use a mild detergent and mix it with water. You want to get it foaming so, with a regular or electric mixer, mix the solution until bubbles appear. Use only the foam when you wash the mattress, not the liquid. Once done, expose the mattress under direct sunlight, preferably for a day, to thoroughly dry it. Make sure that you turn the mattress once in a while to dry all sides.

If the infestation is severe, you might want to call your local pest control company to get rid of them for you.

Preventing Severe Infestation

To prevent them from coming back, you can purchase bedbug mattress covers. This can seal the mattress tightly, preventing bedbugs from seeking hiding places in it. These covers are also breathable, so the mattress won’t retain dampness that can cause mold and mildew to grow.

With these simple chemical-free ways, your mattress will soon be free of bedbugs.

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Jennifer Dahlman, a freelance content provider, writes forĀ Parklane Mattresses. Mattresses need care, too, and they also need protection against bedbugs.

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