Spending serious cash on extermination isn’t always the end of a bedbug problem. Bedbugs nest inside your mattress, pillows, sofa, curtains, clothing, suitcases, and even behind electrical switch plates and in drawers. If one female survives the treatment, the National Pest Management Association
says she could lay up to 540 eggs in her lifetime – starting the cycle all over again. That is why many exterminators and experts recommend either treating your soft furniture and clothing or throwing infested items away.
Disposal is costly. My mom runs a small apartment complex that has had bedbug problems off and on for the last year. A few months ago one tenant found bedbugs in his apartment. The apartment was treated but he still felt like bugs were crawling all over him at night, so he tossed everything. All told, he spent more than $4,000 replacing his mattress, linens, sofa, and clothing.
If you choose to keep your stuff, you’ll still need to shell out more cash for treatment. For example, anything that can fit in a washing machine will need to be washed and dried on high heat and then placed inside large plastic bags until you’re sure the bedbugs are gone from your home. Your mattress must be sealed up in a special case. According to Eisenberg, only two manufacturers make effective mattress encasements
: Mattress Safe and Protect-a-Bed. Mattress Safe cases
run from $79.95 to $128.95 depending on the size of the bed. Protect-a-Bed cases
cost $80.99 to $134.99.
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