Here are some general rules to follow regarding Bed Bugs and discarding beds:
• It is usually not necessary to discard bed bug infested beds
• Discarding of infested beds is rarely a solution
• New beds that are purchased to replace discarded beds often become infested
• It is not necessary to treat beds with pesticides
• Non chemical methods can be a very effective way of dealing with bed bug infested beds
• Mattress and box spring encasements are among the most effective methods for bed bug infested beds.
• Encasements can be used to protect replacement beds or to salvage existing beds
However, if you choose to throw infested beds away it is important to be careful how you go about getting rid of the bed so that you don’t create an even bigger problem. First think about what is going to happen to the infested mattress after you discard it. Is it going to be sitting out on the curbside or by a dumpster? How long will it be sitting outside before it is collected and will some unsuspecting person pick it up before the collection truck arrives? It is important to take measures to prevent your bed bug infestation from becoming someone else’s infestation. Steps that can be taken include coordinating the discarding of the bed with the trash collection schedule to minimize the time it is left outside. Once outside of the home the bed can be spray painted or marked indicating that it is infested. Regardless of how you choose to deal with the bed think about the problems that the bed could create for someone else and try to take some type of action to prevent it.
It is also extremely important to consider how you are going to get the bed out of the structure so that bed bugs and eggs are not dispersed during the removal process. Just imagine dragging the bed across the floor and down the stairs or carrying the bed and having it bang into a wall by accident. One option is to remove as many of the visible bugs and eggs with a canister vacuum or shop vacuum. The problem with this is that you run the risk of infesting the vacuum. Even if you do try to remove the bugs with a vacuum, chances are, you will not get all of the bugs and may still disperse them as you carry it out. It is a good idea to contain the bugs by thoroughly wrapping the bed in shrink wrap or plastic before removing it from the structure. Even after it is wrapped the infested items should be handled carefully to avoid unnecessary bumps or jolts while carrying it out of the structure.
Now that you have discarded your old bed and bought a new one you need to protect the new bed from becoming infested once you bring it into the home. This is the easiest step, as new mattresses and box springs can be encased in mattress and box spring encasements immediately after they have been delivered. Protect-A-Bed BugLock® encasements are the highest quality product that we have examined to date and are a critical component of every bed bug job performed by Cooper Pest Solutions. By using Protect-A-Bed BugLock® encasements, newly purchased mattresses and box springs will be protected from re-infestation as long as the encasements have not been compromised (ripped or torn). As bed bugs that are still in the structure migrate to the bed in search of a blood meal their movement will be restricted to the exterior of the encasement where they can be easily detected and eliminated.