I found bed bugs in bed. Should I toss my mattress?

Since you’ve found bed bugs in bed, many people like yourself have asked if they should throw out their mattress.

This usually depends on the condition of the mattress, as well as the size of the infestation. If there are any holes or tears in the mattress, there may be bed bugs or eggs hiding inside. In this case, it’s usually a safer bet to toss your mattress.

You may want to consider getting a certified mattress encasement. This is different from a mattress cover, as the cover just goes over the top of your mattress, while the encasement zips entirely around it. In theory, it seals up the inside – meaning no bugs are getting in or out. Eventually, the bugs that still live inside will die off because they have no food source. However, this can take at least six months, and up to eighteen in extreme cases.

If you already have a bed bug infestation, you are only trapping them but not really getting rid of them…you’ve still got bed bugs in bed! You still don’t completely have the peace of mind that the bed bugs are eliminated, even if they’re trapped. I guess it depends on how attached you are to your mattress!

In summary, we suggest your download our free eBook Bed Bugs: 12 Tips to Help You Sleep Easy. Finding bed bugs in bed isn’t pleasant especially if your mattress is brand new. We give you some free tips on how to eliminate them yourself.

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