In the event that you do decide to dispose of your mattress after an infestation, you should follow these steps to ensure that you can dispose of it easily, efficiently and safely.
1. Wear protective clothing
Since you will be handling an affected mattress closely, it is vital that you wear protective clothing, such as gloves and old clothes that you are happy to throw away after the removal. This will ensure that the bed bugs don’t linger in your clothes, or spread to other clothes in the wash.
2. Seal the mattress up
To prevent the bed bugs from making their way to other furniture or furnishings, it is crucial to seal and wrap the infested mattress up thoroughly and securely. This can be done with plastic wrap and it will help to contain the infestation to the already affected area.
We recommend doing this before you attempt to carry the mattress through your home since bed bugs might otherwise make their way onto the carpet and other parts of your property.
3. Be mindful of others
If you choose to store your mattress outside until it is collected, you should be mindful of surrounding areas and the people who pass by, and you should not put it at the side of the road. Not only does dumping your mattress at the side of the road constitute fly-tipping, but it also runs the risk of neighbours or passers-by becoming infected too.
This is especially true if you live in a flat, since leaving an infested mattress in a shared space can prove very problematic, and allows bed bugs to spread within the environment.
4. Label the mattress
One of the most important steps of disposing of a bed bug-infested mattress is to ensure that nobody else takes it. Whilst you may be keen to get an infested mattress out of your home as soon as possible, it is important that wherever it is placed, it does not attract new owners.
There are a few ways to signal to people that the mattress is not free to take, or safe to take, such as:
- Slashing the mattress to render it unfit for use
- Marking the mattress in some way, so as to warn individuals
- Leaving a label explaining that the mattress is infested
5. Pay attention to all surrounding areas
Sadly, you will likely find that bed bugs aren’t only on the bed, and if you have soft furnishings or any other furniture nearby, it will likely have been infected too. As a result, you should deep clean and treat the rest of your bedroom, and other areas of your home, to truly get rid of the infestation.
We recommend conducting the deep clean only once the mattress has been removed from the home (and before getting a new mattress) since they could continue to emerge from the mattress during and after the clean otherwise. You should also clean all affected bedding or soft furnishings on a hot setting, so as to ensure they are clean and fit for use.