Another way out for your bed bug-infested mattress?

by nobugsonme on July 7, 2008 · 5 comments

in bed bugs, mattresses

We don’t know if this mattress has bed bugs or not. (It has some dirty edges: dirt, or bed bug fecal stains?)

New York’s iPhone Interloper caught this photo recently:


I actually hope the mattress is not infested with bed bugs, because it obviously was not carefully sealed in plastic before being dragged around someone’s apartment, through the halls, into the elevator or down the stairs, through the lobby . . . you get the idea.

That said, there’s an appeal to having anything that must be removed from your home, removed right away, rather than leaving bed bug-infested items on the curb for someone else to use and become infested by.*

This might be a smart idea for landlords who are treating bed bugs: if tenants are discarding items, the last thing the landlord wants is for other tenants to rescue them.

And we do get reports from buildings where everyone knows about the bed bug problem, that some tenants will, unbelieveably, still drag other peoples’ stuff back inside.

Thanks to iPhone Interloper, our favorite NYC photojourno-snoop!

*Remember, bed bug experts tell us most items do not need to be discarded and can be treated and saved.

1 Keri September 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm

I am so glad I stumbled upon this blog. I can assure you that our Truck Teams at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? are trained to properly seal mattresses that have bed bugs. Our service sets the standard and we take every precaution to ensure the safety of our truck teams and our valued customers. 🙂

It is terrible luck to be infested with bed bugs and the like. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is a fast efficient fix.

2 nobugsonme September 24, 2008 at 9:18 pm

Thanks, Keri! I am glad you saw this post too.

I am still a bit concerned, though.

Many people may be embarrassed to tell your workers why they are discarding a mattress. They may not know they need to be wrapped or that the workers need to know this.

In addition, bed bugs may be present in a mattress even before obvious fecal spots appear. Your employees may not see the problem.

So, for the safety of your teams, I would urge you to have all discarded mattresses carefully sealed before being removed from homes.

I have one additional question: where would this truck take such a mattress? Here in NYC, where the photo was snapped, there’s a booming used mattress trade, which is helping fuel the bed bug epidemic.

If I were discarding a bed bug-infested mattress (which experts say is usually not necessary, since encasements are available to allow them to continue to be used), I would want to be sure it was going to be destroyed, and that it was not going to end up being scavenged, cursorily sprayed and resold.

3 pestman September 25, 2008 at 4:52 am

Dear All,

I have developed a special bag which you place a mattress in. After a few weeks all the bugs and eggs are dead. No pesticides.
Is this of interest?

4 nobugsonme September 25, 2008 at 11:38 am

Sure, pestman. Whatcha got?

5 pestman September 26, 2008 at 4:41 am

This bag is part of a simple kit. We will supply a bag made from a special plastic which will take a full size mattress. The rest of the kit is a special seal and a device which removes all the air. There is good reliable data which proves all stages of bed bugs will be dead in a few weeks. I expect the kit to cost around $40

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