Disposing Of A Bed Bug Infested Mattress
There are a variety of solutions for dealing with a bed bug infested mattress. For example, you can have it fumigated or treated with heat. The problem is, that not everyone wants to do this. It may also simply be that you’d rather buy a new mattress.
If this is the case, you’re going to have to dispose of your old mattress. Now, the issue here is that the mattress is infested. What that means is that you don’t want some poor soul hauling it into their home. If that happens the person will soon be covered in bites and having their own summer pest problem. The bottom line is that a bed bug infested mattress needs to be disposed of correctly. After all, this is the ethical thing to do.
How to dispose of a bed bug infested mattress
So how do you do this? How do you get rid of a bed bug infested mattress? Basically, there are two things you can do. Mattress recycling is big business. There are many materials that can be reused, primarily the springs, that are taken to scrap metal yards. You may be able to call someone to take it away for recycling or a professional to get some bed bug tips. Then put it out before they come.
The second way to get rid of a bed bug infested mattress is simply to call your council. You may or may not know this, but most councils will collect large pieces of waste. Even better, some do it for free (and if they don’t do it for free the fee is nominal). Simply call up your council or look on their website to enquire about this service. If they do offer waste disposal, then remember to leave the mattress just before they come. This way you prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
Warn others not to sleep on it!
That being said, if you’re going to do this you have to warn people about the bed bugs. This is just in case someone who wants to actually sleep on the mattress, picks it up before the official disposal people arrive . The best way to do this is by first wrapping it in plastic. Next, write a warning message using a marker pens. It’s enough to write ‘bed bugs’ or ‘warning: bed bugs’. You may also want to slash the mattress so that people are less inclined to use it for sleeping.
Finally, if you’re planning to buy a new mattress, then talk to the mattress company about this. Make sure to have heat treatment done on your home. Many companies are more than happy to pick up and dispose of your old mattress when delivering the new one.