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

You should never have to throw out a mattress after a bed bug infestation. In fact, this is discouraged entirely. Disposing bed bug-infested items can be seen as reckless, as it could contribute to the infestation spreading. Instead, it’s best to adhere to the following steps if you have bed bugs in your mattress:

    1. Strip your bed and mattress of linens and wash thoroughly in hot water.
    2. Keep the mattress and box spring where they are. Moving or entirely removing them can spread bed bugs.
    3. Contact a bed bug exterminator to treat the mattress with heat or another treatment.
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What to Do With Your Mattress After a Bed Bug Infestation

If you have bed bugs in your property, simply getting rid of your mattress or box spring will not solve the problem. This is because chances are, bed bugs are hiding in many more places around your property—not just your bed! If you get rid of your mattress or replace it with a new one, it’s likely that your brand-new bed will get infested, too. It’s crucial to treat your entire home for bed bugs—including your bed—to prevent the infestation from spreading.

Should I Throw Away My Bedding After Having Bed Bugs?

In general, you shouldn’t have to throw out any items in the midst of or after a bed bug infestation. With proper treatment, all items should be able to be salvaged. Instead of throwing out clothing and bedding, it’s recommended to wash them in your washer machine on a high heat setting. High heat will kill bed bugs and their eggs. 

If you choose to get rid of any items after a bed bug infestation, only do so once they’ve been treated by a professional bed bug exterminator.

Do Bed Bugs Infest My Furniture?

If you have bed bugs, they will hide in areas you may not think of. It makes sense that upholstered furniture would be receptive to bed bugs, but what about wooden pieces? Unfortunately, bed bugs are known to hide in cracks and crevices, even in your wood table or chair! Just like with everything else, it’s recommended to avoid throwing away any items big or small in the midst of a bed bug infestation in your Bristol and Johnson City home.