Bed Bug Safety Tips When Buying Your First Bed

March 12, 2014 by Doug Moore

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When you are in the market for a new bed, you will see firsthand that it’s an expensive investment. Take the necessary step to protect the new bed, as well as your family!

Tips when buying a bed:

  • Make sure that your mattresses, box spring & pillows are completely covered with anti-bed bug encasements.
  • This is especially important for second-hand mattresses and box springs which must remain encased for at least 15 months to ensure that there are no living bed bugs or eggs inside.
  • While second hand mattresses and box springs can be salvaged, it is best to buy new mattresses and box springs that are less likely to be infested.
  • Even if you do buy a brand new bed, often times the delivery truck may be infested with bed bugs, since it usually carries off the old mattresses, so you should perform an inspection and encase just the same.
  • If you buy an antique or second-hand bed frame, make sure to inspect it thoroughly before bringing it into your home.
  • After you’ve ensured that your bed and bedding is bed bug proof, follow up with regular vacuuming and bed bug inspections of bed and other furniture. Using a bed bug monitor like ClimbUp Interceptors™ or BBAlert Active and Passive Monitors are recommended.
  • When buying a bed for a child, encasement serves double duty, protecting against bio-fluids like bed wetting and food/drink spills.

For more information about bed bugs, heat treatment, and canine bed bug scent detection, click here.

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