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Do I Have to Throw Out My Bed Bug Infested Mattress?

This is a common misconception. You should not have to throw out your mattress when dealing with a bed bug infestation. In fact, we strongly discourage it.

Getting rid of a bed bug infested mattress is reckless and an easy way to ensure more infestations in your area. Instead, here’s what you should do with your mattress and bedding when you have bed bugs:

  1. Strip the linens and bedding off your bed and mattress and wash them thoroughly in the washing machine on the highest heat setting for about 90 minutes
  2. Keep the mattress and box spring where they are. Moving or removing them can spread bed bugs
  3. Contact a bed bug exterminator to treat the mattress with thermal remediation (heat treatment)
a couple checks under the mattress for bed bugs

What to Do with Your Mattress After a Bed Bug Infestation

If you get your bed bug problem treated by a professional pest control technician, you don’t need to (and shouldn’t) do anything with your formerly infested mattress. You can resume using it as if nothing happened.

Even if you were in the midst of an infestation, getting rid of an infested mattress wouldn’t solve the problem. That’s because it’s very likely that bed bugs are hiding in many more places all over the house – not just the mattress or box spring. In fact, if you were to get rid of an infested mattress and then buy a new one, it would only be a matter of time before your brand-new bed became infested too.

That’s why it’s necessary to treat the whole infestation – and nobody can do that better than the experienced bed bug exterminators at Arrow Exterminating.

Should I throw away my bedding after having bed bugs?

No, you shouldn’t need to throw away anything after eliminating a bed bug infestation. With proper treatment, all items will be completely clean, free of bed bugs, and ready for you to resume normal use.

Bedding can (and should) be frequently washed during a bed bug outbreak. This can help lessen the severity. Wash them in your washing machine on the highest heat setting for ninety minutes, then dry them in the dryer. This process will kill all of the bed bugs and their eggs.

If you were planning on getting rid of furniture after an infestation anyway, make sure it’s not still infested first. Only get rid of furniture that’s been treated by a professional bed bug exterminator.

Do Bed Bugs Infest All Furniture?

It makes sense that bed bugs would hide in upholstered furniture, but what about wooden pieces? 

Unfortunately, yes. Bed bugs will hide in any cracks and crevices they can find, even in your wood table or chair. That’s why, when you’re in the midst of a bed bug infestation, don’t throw anything out – or else you risk spreading the infestation elsewhere. Wait until professional treatment has been completed.

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