How To Get Rid Of Bedbugs On A Mattress?


June 17, 2021

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What are bedbugs and how do you get rid of them? If you’re seeking solutions for this question, you’re in the right place! In this article, you will get to know about:

  • How to get rid of bedbugs in a mattress?
  • How to eliminate bed bugs?
  • How to treat bugs on a mattress?
  • What will kill bugs on the mattress?

You can either use a chemical treatment or a non-chemical treatment, depending on the type of infestation. A chemical treatment involves the use of pesticides and botanical insecticides to kill bugs. On the other hand, non-chemical treatments include using cold, heat and steam to get rid of bedbugs.

Get rid of bedbugs in a mattress:

There are some methods which you can apply to get rid of bedbugs –

  • First, thoroughly clean all the beddings, curtains, sheets, and linens in hot water, and then on the highest dryer setting, leave them to dry. 
  • Remember to vacuum your bed and the area around it regularly.
  • Before vacuuming, scrub your mattress with a stiff brush to remove any bedbugs that might still be hiding on your mattress or sheets.
  • Plaster and repair the cracks on the wall.
  • Glue back the peelings of wallpapers on the wall that might have fallen off.

Eliminate bed bugs:

It is challenging and time-consuming to get rid of bedbugs in a mattress entirely. It may take weeks or perhaps, even months, depending on how minor or extensive the infestation is. However, some solutions will help to eliminate bed bugs

The first thing you need to do is inspect and identify areas that may have hidden bedbugs and figure out the type of infestation (minor or major). When you find an infestation in some areas, make sure you remove the infested items by placing them on a sealed plastic bag and keep them away for at least a year so that none of the bugs is alive by then. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Cold treatment is the process of leaving the infested items in a sealed plastic bag and leaving it in the freezer at 0°F for at least four days. This will ensure that the bugs do not remain alive.
  • Heat treatment is the opposite of cold treatment. This process includes leaving the infested items packed in a black plastic bag and using either a dryer or any heating device to hit the bag to the maximum to kill the bugs. However, this process is risky and is not very advisable. 
  • Steam treatment can be of two types, wet or dry. In this method, you can rid your mattress or walls of bedbugs by steaming a temperature of at least 130° F and get it under the cracks and places where the bugs are possibly hiding. This will slowly but gradually kill them. 

How to treat bugs on a mattress?

In order to treat a bedbug-infested mattress, you can follow these instructions as given –

  • Bed Bugs die off at around 114° F; therefore, wash your sheets and beddings in the warmest water possible and later dry them in the hottest dryer settings.
  • Vacuum your bed and mattress thoroughly, ensuring that you don’t miss any spot where the bugs may be hiding. Remember to clean your vacuum container after cleaning to ensure no bed bugs are hiding in the vacuum. 
  • Put away your infested mattress in a bug-proof encasement with a zipper and keep it zipped for at least a year to make sure that each bedbug in the mattress is dead. Keep in mind that bed bugs can survive for months without feeding. 
  • Use insecticides and pesticide sprays to clean the crack areas of your room to ensure that no bed bugs are hiding in any areas of your room.
  • You should keep your bed away from the walls to avoid bedbugs crawling over to your mattress. In addition to that, try not to use long sheets or linens that reach the ground. 


What kills bedbugs in the mattress?

Bedbugs are not easy to get rid of, however, here are some home remedies you can apply, in order to kill bedbugs in your homes:

  1. Applying double-sided tape in the bedbug’s path of travel when you find it, will ensure that the bugs stick to the tap, and eventually, they will die without any blood to drink. Or when you see them stuck on the tape, you can just smash them. Remember to regularly change the tape as it will lose its stickiness.
  2. Sprinkling a good amount of silica gel on the mattress can also help kill bedbugs. According to research, the gel absorbs liquids from the bed bug’s cuticle, causing them to dry out due to dehydration. 
  3. Making traps using dry ice is also a good way to kill bedbugs. According to researchers, dry ice releases carbon dioxide that attracts insects and henceforth, can kill bedbugs. Therefore, you can make your own bedbug trap by filling a jug with dry ice and placing it in bedbug infested areas in order to trap and kill them.
  4. A home-made vinegar spray can also help kill bedbugs in a mattress. Vinegar can hurt the bug’s nervous system because it contains an acidic acid which isn’t suitable for bugs. Thus, you can use it to kill bedbugs.

Check this video for another simple and easy method.

What to do with a mattress with bed bugs?

If your mattress is bedbug-infested, the first thing you need to do is remove the sheets and wash them in hot water, as mentioned above. Later, put away all the sheets and mattresses in a plastic zipper bag and keep it zipped for about a year so that all the bedbugs are dead. A bug-proof bag ensures that not even the tiniest bug can escape the bag.

However, it is advisable to seek professional help or get a new mattress in case of a large infestation.