Do You Need to Throw Out Your Stuff When You Get Bed Bugs?

Yikes! Bed bugs are creepy not just because they feed on blood (and nothing else) but because they are champions at hiding. You may never be aware of them until things get bad. It’s a common misconception that you have to throw out all of your stuff like the bed or furniture because you cannot get all the bed bugs out.

What About the Mattress?

If the mattress is in good condition without tears or holes, then it should be fine to keep. Look at all the furniture in an infested home and check for breaks or tears where bed bugs can hide away from pesticides. Pesticides need to get in contact with the bugs in order to kill them. No contact – no dead bugs.

What’s the Big Problem with Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs wedge themselves into very thin cracks and crevices. Basically, if the edge of a credit card can fit into it, so can a bed bug. Not only do the adults and babies hide in these cracks, but they also lay eggs there. Eggs are much harder to kill than adults or babies. It takes just one pregnant female to keep an infestation going.

Getting at All the Bugs

Some items, like electronics, can be destroyed by pesticides. The bugs in this stuff can all be killed by placing small objects in sealed plastic bags and leaving in a freezer. Anything that can go through a clothes washer and dryer will kill bugs. Getting rid of all the trash and clutter in an infested home helps get rid of places where bed bugs can hide.

In Conclusion

Just because you have bed bugs does not mean that everything has to be thrown out. If a bed or couch is in great condition without damage, then it should be safe to keep for years to come. Work with an expert at Pest Solutions Termite & Pest Control to best save your stuff – and your sanity – from bed bugs.

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