The Truth About Bed Bugs – If I Have Them, Do I Need a New Mattress?

We often have customers come into our Bed’r Mattress stores asking if having bed bugs means buying a new mattress. Believe it or not, you are not the only person in the world to come to us with this problem, asking us for the best solution. For many, this is the first thing they hear from the exterminator they have called in after seeing a few bites on their body in the morning. There aren’t any cut and dried answers, but rather than walking away saying, “I went to the mattress store near me and they told me I had no choice,” we want to be the ones to tell you that you may, in fact, have a choice.

Bed Bugs Can Be Challenging

One thing’s for sure, if you have a major bed bug infestation, getting rid of them can be pretty challenging. Not only do bedbugs bite, they also give most of us the “heebie-jeebies.” Of course, this leads to more than a few perfectly good mattresses being sent to the local dump. Note the use of the term “perfectly good” when describing the mattress. Let’s face it; buying a mattress makes for a sizeable investment and is not something most of us want to do until there is a very good reason for it.

If you have an old mattress that has been ready for the dump for far too long, then the bedbugs are simply trying to tell you that the time has come to replace it. Or if you have a mattress that has been infested for more months than you can remember, chances are good that it is full of bedbugs in all stages, from eggs to adults and fecal matter. This type of mattress should also be wrapped and disposed of properly.

What About My New Mattress?

“The mattress store near me told that no matter how new my mattress is, if I have bedbugs, I still have to spend my hard-earned money buying a new one.” This sounds like a great spiel to sell more mattresses. When your mattress is still within its first five years of life, there is an option you might want to consider. It’s known as mattress encasement and is a good way to avoid having to buy a new mattress just because you have bed bugs.

Mattress encasement involves sealing your mattress in a vinyl protector that is airtight. In time, all bed bugs, their larvae, and any eggs as they hatch will all die from lack of food and air. Keep in mind these bugs can also hide in other furniture, carpeting, drapes, and even clothing. Be sure you have a professional exterminator come in and treat the rest of your bedroom to make sure they are all gone.

If you don’t take this step, buying a mattress from us will do you no good at all. Within a few months, you will be back to having the same problem and once more be in the market for another mattress. To find out more about bed bugs or buying a mattress to replace your old one, be sure to drop into your local Bed’r Mattress store. If you buy a new mattress from us in October, we’ll pay your sales tax!

2019-01-28T23:49:42+00:00October 24th, 2018|Sleep Tips, Mattress Types|