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  1. lindabug

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sat Mar 7 2009 0:22:32
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    Can bed bugs or their eggs live in a foam mattress? Should I spray mattress before putting my new mattress cover on it? Or get rid of it and get a new one and encase it immediately?

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sat Mar 7 2009 5:08:07
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    Hi lindabug and welcome!! The first thing you need to do is go out and purchase a high powered flashlight. If you have difficulty seeing in anyway, then purchase a magnifying glass. Even without one you will be able to see the buggers but not always with an untrained eye. If you never saw a nymph bedbug before or baby, they are very small like a pen dot. The eggs are very small as well and if the foam mattress is white, then it will take a trained eye to see it. Does your foam mattress have many folds in it or were certain areas meet that makes a crevice? If not then its not likely that there within the foam, but mabye in the furniture that the foam sits on. R u having a lot of activity? Bites, observing live bedbugs? If you are I wouldn't take this on by yourself. Even if you have bedbugs in the mattress.. if you put the protect a bed cover on and leave it for 3 months without taking it off... then the bugs inside if any at all will be dead by then and safe... Still don't take it off... You don't ahve to throw away the mattress... you can treat it... clean it.. and then encase it and save yourself some money... Is is a tempurpedic? Those things are very expensive and I wouldn't throw it away...

  3. sleclair

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sun Mar 8 2009 11:59:04
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    hello!

    when we had our PCO to visit, he told us that bedbugs really love foam (IKEA-style) mattresses, because they are easy for them to burrow through.

    also! i had been told that bed bugs can live for a year without food, so three months of keeping the mattress encased isn't long enough...

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    Sun Mar 8 2009 16:23:56
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    BBs don't "burrow" they hide in small gaps.

    Depending on too many factors BBs can live for 18 months before starving to death.

    Jim

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sun Mar 8 2009 18:39:37
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    Exactly... Bedbugs are not burrowing insects at all.. They don't have any type of teeth or claws or whatever they burrowing beetles use or termites or so on and so on lol... If its one of those cubeish on piece foam mattresses from idea I wouldn't think a bedbug would like the foam mattress due to the lack of creases around the mattress, there more like cubeish not like pillow top stiched, then followed by the body, then box spring yet they still could be on the bottom or were the mattress rests against the frame. Your being given false information by somebody who does absolutly no bedbug work... Ask him what the chemical in his spray can is... The real name, not the name on the bottle.. Ask him how it works or how long it lasts. Better yet, ask him what his name is or the compnay he works for..... uh... "were a bug company."

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    I have an Ikea foam mattress and the cover it came with. I had to buy a protector because I'm allergic to dust mites. So, not much help here...interesting to see the answer...I've heard they don't like latex but just that means they will be somewhere else...

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