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Bed Bugs and Latex
Thanks for the update!
My mom also had bed bug symptoms in her living room so she was also freaking out. As she has asthma so was finding alternate options instead of sprays that could do harm to her health. I searched remedies online and found a lot of options. We tried heat treatment and that helped to remove them completely.
It's been several years since I've been on this forum, so I'm not sure if I am posting this in the right section given the new rules of posting. I currently have a bed bug infestation and I'm in the middle of treatment with an exterminator. It's a nightmare to say the least and I have no idea what to do about my mattress. It was my dad's mattress that was the host and I guess made it's way into my bed too. I bought a Pure Latex Bliss around 5 years ago. I am deciding whether or not to get a new mattress for myself and for my dad as well, as his is a brand new Beautyrest, less than a year old. I love my mattress, but I am moving into a new place when treatment is done and I am not bringing any of the furniture in the house with me. The exterminator is promising me that as long as we get good mattress protectors/encasements and leave it closed for 18 months, that they will not get through and re-infest. I'm having a hard time believing it though and the last thing I want to do is infest a new, bed-bug free apartment. I've done extensive research on begbugger and other sites and read about the scientific tested protectors/encasements, but when I read the reviews on Amazon there are pictures of rips, holes, tiny tears in the seams, etc., that make me second guess purchasing one and just getting a new mattress all together. Now that I see the bottom of the mattress and all of the holes from the latex, I am freaked out that they could be living in there even after treatment. My dad's mattress is a regular one, but since he was the source I don't know if he should keep his. I already tossed my latex mattress topper because it was advised that I do so and it was starting to cause me upper back discomfort, so I would need to purchase another. My dad's platform bed frame needs to be thrown out as well. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated!
I am sorry to hear about your bed bug infestation and I can certainly understand your concern and distress. Some of the information on our forum about this issue is in the thread that you’ve already activated (with the links it leads to)
I love my mattress, but I am moving into a new place when treatment is done and I am not bringing any of the furniture in the house with me.
As you move into a new environment, the “safest method” would be to get new mattresses, but it looks like you’d still need to deal with your dad’s room(s) infestation and then you’d have to part ways with two quite suitable mattresses that are a long way away from reaching their useful life. I’d say that because the bug extermination is done by a professional the chances are that with an appropriate encasement you’ll also be able to safeguard against bug population regeneration. I’d probably ask the bug exterminator you are working with if they can combine a few methods to achieve the best results. Heat treatment is quite successful and many pest management companies that specialize in bed bug control will use something like high temperature steaming as part of their process. The steamers have large heads which are used for treating mattresses, inside box springs, and any upholstered furniture ... it is a slow and methodical process that may take a few hours to complete but it seems to be successful. I know you did a great deal of research but you may also wish to comb through some of the info and readings here as well. Once the treatment and sanitizing are complete, as the exterminator mentioned, you’d certainly want to encase your mattress in a good quality bedbugs encasement that prevents anything from getting into it or escape from it and that does not tear easily. I’d look for an encasement meant for this specific purpose that has a locking zipper which won’t allow the bed bugs to escape or enter. The better ones have a membrane which are less breathable but this would be the tradeoff for bed bug protection. There is more about mattress encasements in post #2 here and in post #2 here that you may find useful.