how to buy a new mattress without bed bugs

If you want a 100% bed bug free assurance on your delivery, for a slightly longer lead time, I have a white glove company out of High Point North Carolina that does not do any kind of old bedding or old furniture removal.
I want to buy a new mattress but fear that the truck or warehouse might have bedbugs (since they take away old mattresses for free).

Wait, why were you only 99% sure you bought your mattress there? Also, if your mattress was bought new, why would there be bedbugs in it? You gotta figure that the bed bugs wouldn't be in the mattress unless someone was sleeping on it.
Would it be possible to get a county health/vector inspector to do a search on this business to see if they are selling mattresses with bed bugs? If they find out that they are selling mattresses with bed bugs, what will they do? Fine them? Shut them down? Nothing? Will they even do an inspection? I am upset that this company is potentially selling mattresses with bed bugs and contributing to this bed bug infestation epidemic.
Delivery companies don't take away your old mattress "for nothing." There's a couple of companies in Oakland that process old mattresses so that re-mattress companies can fill that niche market.
I was reluctant to state the name of the company that sold me the mattress because I am was/am only 99% certain they sold me the mattress and didn't want them to sue me for libel.
"In the meantime, sleeping in the sleeping bag until I rid the apt of bedbugs and save up for a mattress from a reliable source.
Was this being sold to you as a new mattress? If so the place that sold it to you is in more hot water because bed bugs live off of human dander and skin.
But, the thing is, the inside of the mattress just looked nasty with the dead bugs and black crap.
I cut open the mattress and found dead bedbugs along the inner seams and lots of black stuff that looked like grounded up English black tea leaves.
I bought a new mattress from a local retailer that was infested with bedbugs.
In the meantime, sleeping in the sleeping bag until I rid the apt of bedbugs and save up for a mattress from a reliable source.
Ben – Whoops, I meant that I am "99% certain they sold me an infested mattress.
Consider encasing both the mattress and box spring in a protective cover like those used for allergy relief to eliminate access to your mattress by bed bugs.  Mattress encasements will seal the mattress and box spring, keeping bugs in the mattress trapped (where they will eventually die) while also keeping new bugs out.
The pests are reddish or brown in color, with a flat, oval shape body and an adult may grow to be the size of 4-7mm (about the size of Abraham Lincoln’s head on a penny). Young bed bugs are smaller and lighter in color.
Encasements for both mattresses and pillows specifically designed to help protect against bed bugs are available for purchase at any Sleep Train location.
But if you buy a mattress from a reputable company that doesn’t resell returned mattresses, packaged in plastic, and put a mattress cover on it immediately, then in the event you get bedbugs you at least won’t have to toss the mattress because they’ll never get inside (whether it is foam or inner spring).
I also purchased a foam/latex mattress which I thoroughly researched before hand (not a Tempurpedic but same quality at a much less expensive rate) – foam/latex mattress are hypoallergenic – dust mites and bed bugs can not get into them because of the density of the material, these mattresses also come with a removable mattress cover which can be tossed in the wash.
Rick Cooper sometimes turns to Pepe’s dogs for help finding bugs, so we flew him, his daughter who works with him, and the dogs to New York to see if they could find live bedbugs in mattresses.
The dirtiest mattresses we found came from the Brooklyn Sleep Products factory — the factory that sold us the mattress containing live bedbugs.
The first time Dateline came face to face with a bedbug was in 1996, when we investigated the mattress business — specifically, reconditioned mattresses that are supposed to be stripped and sterilized, re-covered and sold for less than what you’d pay for a new one.
In the end, Rick Cooper says that with bedbugs creeping slowly to a bed near you, buying a reconditioned mattress can be anything but a good deal.
In fact, in 1996 the company was called Quisqueya mattress and had sold us several contaminated rebuilt mattresses.
With the Orkin pest control company now reporting bedbug infestations in all 50 states, we decided to take another look at reconditioned mattresses to see if the companies that produce and sell them are doing a better job than they were 11 years ago.
You can see bed bugs quite clearly, however i very much doubt a new mattress has them as they feed on dead skin, if on the other hand you mean dust mites, can't stop those, however you can buy a mattress protector.
Bed bugs don't infest something just because it's made of new bedding, bed bugs infest something because some mammal was sleeping on it and shed skin cells for them to feed on, and a hungry bed bug stumbled upon the find.
The question must then be asked; why spray bugs that you can see when a vacuum cleaner or steam can accomplish the same thing? In addition, because many chemicals are not very effective when dry, repeated applications will need to be made to deal with the new bugs as they arrive at the bed from surrounding areas.
Eliminating bed bugs with a vacuum cleaner can be a very effective method, but cautioned that vacuums can readily become infested by bed bugs (precautionary measures are discussed below).
The effective removal of bugs/eggs using a vacuum requires that the nozzle or tip of the hose is very close or in direct contact with the bugs or eggs.
Non-chemical measures, such as the use of vacuums or direct treatment with steam, can be used very effectively to remove or destroy visible bugs and eggs that are associated with mattresses and box springs.
Once the encasements have been installed, any bugs or eggs that are still associated with the mattresses and box springs will be trapped inside the encasement and will eventually die.
Unfortunately, discarding the mattress and the box spring rarely solves the problem, and new beds that are purchased and brought into the home often become infested by bugs that were still present in the structure.
As mentioned above, having a separate vacuum that has been “dedicated” solely for removing bed bugs and is carefully stored in a sealed container after each use will help reduce the likelihood that the vacuum will create additional problems in the dispersal of bed bugs.
It is very important to note that these methods are very effective for removing the majority of bugs; however, it is unlikely that 100% of the bugs and/or eggs will be removed.
One option is to remove as many of the visible bugs and eggs with a canister vacuum or shop vacuum.
We have worked with commercial steamers manufactured by Amerivap ( ) and by Hi-Tech Cleaning Systems ( ) and have found both to be highly effective for use in destroying bugs and eggs on contact.
If you choose to use a vacuum to remove bed bugs, it is ideal to use a different vacuum than the one that is used in the routine cleaning of the structure.
For this reason, it is important to use a back and forth scraping motion directly on the surface where bugs and eggs are present in order to remove as many bugs/eggs as possible.
Encasements also make it easier, during subsequent examinations, to spot and destroy any bugs residing on the outer surface of the mattress.
Mattress encasements will seal the mattress and box spring, trapping and killing bugs currently inhabiting the mattress while keeping new bugs out.
Encasements specifically designed to help protect against bed bugs are available for purchase at any Mattress Discounters location.
To defend your mattress against bed bugs, encase both the mattress and box spring in a protective cover, like those used for allergy relief.
Most commonly, bed bugs are transported to people’s homes via clothing or luggage that has made contact with an infested hotel, motel or resort.
Although they typically feed on blood every five to ten days, bed bugs are very resilient and capable of surviving over a year without feeding.
Bed bugs are very successful hitchhikers, moving from an infested site to bedding, baggage, boxes and clothing with ease.
However, a thorough cleaning of an affected area can deprive bed bugs of some of their hiding places, slowing down, but not halting, an infestation.
The solution that mattress covers provide is that once you have vacuumed and scrubbed down your mattress, and encase it in a zipper-sealable cover, it will trap whatever bed bugs are living inside your mattress.
Since bed bugs can live up to a year without eating, the company suggests that you wait well past one year after first encasing your mattress in this cover to remove the cover and discard the by then presumably dead bed bugs.
Another problem is even if the bed bugs don’t eat for months because they’re trapped inside the mattress cover, they’ll still be alive, which means they’ll still be mating.
If you re-read the post, you’ll find that not once did I claim to be knowledgeable in any way on mattress covers and their effect on bed bugs or bed bug biology nor did I claim to be stating facts.
Here comes the disgusting part: after a few months after you’ve applied the mattress cover, there will be generations of bed bugs residing within the cover itself.
As far as the bed bugs breeding and becoming a larger colony in your sealed mattress, this won’t really happen, since the bugs need your blood to produce eggs.
In my March 18 entry regarding spring cleaning, an anonymous poster suggested I buy a mattress cover rather than commit mattress-cide.
CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth and a couple of plastic applicators (one to sprinkle powder and the other to puff powder) is all you need to get rid of bed bugs organically.
You may sweep it up as you get rid of the dead Bed Bugs, but CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth doesn't loose power over time.
Crawling Insect Control diatomaceous earth will not only kill the bed bugs you have, but will do it without chemicals.
To kill bed bugs naturally and eliminate bed bugs organically use CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth .
You can spend hundreds of dollars on exterminators to get rid of Bed Bugs with dangerous chemicals and poisons, or you can protect the health of your family and pets with CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth.
Full instructions for use of CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth  to kill bed bugs are on this page, and ordering is easy and inexpensive.
To Start: You can start with CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth , one refillable PD-001 plastic dispenser used to sprinkle the powder ($4.00), and one Pest Pistol Powder Duster to puff the powder into crevices ($8.99). When transferring the CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth  from the original container, do not try to pour it.
Use CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth in joints, crevices and where rungs are inserted.  See that all interior areas are dusted.  Dust mattresses especially folds and edges.  All cracks and crevices in the bedroom should be treated.
 Remove electrical outlet covers and puff some CRAWLING INSECT CONTROL diatomaceous earth inside the walls.
Ricardo and Nataly, who do not want to reveal their last name, saw an exclusive CBS Atlanta undercover investigation into a company found selling mattresses that were filled with stained, moldy and smelly parts.
But outside the factory that supplies Mattress 4 Sale stores, CBS Atlanta found piles of used mattresses.
CBS Atlanta sent two undercover employees into the Mattress 4 Sale store to purchase two mattresses.
I asked for a reduction in rent for the time I was not living in my studio, but my landlord expected me to pay full price for the infested apartment I couldn’t sleep in, with most of my belongings in trash bags.
I emailed my landlord, but he didn’t believe that I had bedbugs and asked me to send photos of the critters I’d found.
When someone I hadn’t seen in a while greeted me with a warm, “What’s new?” I replied, “I have bedbugs.” I developed horrible insomnia and feared that every little itch was a bedbug making its attack.
I received a notice from Western Exterminator informing tenants how to prepare for extermination, but it didn’t provide much information about bedbugs, so I turned to Google.
I read and re-read the regulations involving landlord duties in the case of a bedbug outbreak, and realized my landlord wasn’t treating the problem correctly.
Given the average cost of a bed bug treatments by a professional often exceeds a thousand dollars, it’s definitely best to insure the furniture you’re buying does not have bed bugs.
Assuming you’ve done a thorough inspection, and haven’t found any signs of bed bugs, we still highly recommend treating the used furniture for bedbugs.
However, this isn’t always practical or realistic, and therefore, inspecting any used furniture for signs of bed bugs before you bring the furniture into your home is incredibly important.
To avoid having your home infested with bed bugs, it’s preferable to avoid buying used furniture or bringing used furniture in your home.
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Buying used furniture? Here’s how to check used furniture for bed bugs.
Buying used furniture? Here's how to check used furniture for bed bugs.
One of the single most common ways to get bed bugs in your home is through buying used furniture and bringing it into your home.
If you see any bed bugs or even signs of bed bugs, do not bring the furniture home.
Bring some white latex gloves, a magnifying glass, flashlight, and an inexpensive white sheet with you to inspect the furniture.
Whenever you find or are offered used furniture, the very first you should do is thoroughly inspect it for bed bugs.
A study carried out by scientists at the Department of Medicine, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, USA, that reviewed the available evidence on bed bugs found that while they are highly resistant to various ways of getting rid of them, they seem to be more of a nuisance than a serious health problem, but the possibility that they could one day serve as a vehicle for disease has not been well researched.
Although they look very much like the kind of insect that would transmit disease, like mosquitoes, there are no records anywhere of disease transmission caused by bed bugs – even from sick host to healthy host.
Scientists at Ohio State University have determined that combining bed bugs’ own chemical signals with a common insect control agent makes that treatment more effective at killing the bugs.
Bed bugs, known scientifically as Cimex lectularius (Cimicidae) are small wingless insects that feed by hematophagy – exclusively on the blood of warm blooded-animals.
So if most of NYC put their mattresses and pillows into bed bug covers, took off their shoes and put them in containers of diatomaceous earth or sprayed them with 90% or higher rubbing alcohol when they got home, and spread diatomaceous earth around the edges of their apartment walls, I am betting they would find many pests would be greatly reduced from their apartments.
For example, throwing away your mattress if it has bed bugs is unnecessary and it helps spread the problem because you have just put the bed bugs out on the street where they can get on people’s shoes (including your own to re-infest your own home).
Treatment usually involves bagging almost everything you own for months to years, punching 1 inch diameter holes in many of your walls, then either getting poison all over everything, including inside your walls (and it takes WEEKS to fully clean up), or raising the temperature in the whole apartment above what bed bugs can tolerate, or lowering the temperature in the whole apartment to below what they can tolerate.
Spraying your shoes every time you enter your home (particularly after being in a movie theater), your luggage when traveling (inside and out, before and after traveling), and any furniture you bring in can greatly limit the chances of bringing bed bugs into your home.
The problem first became wide spread in NYC in 2005…after a lull of about 60 years where there were few or no reportings of bed bugs in NYC, one of the current epicenters.
Utilize a crack & crevice vacuum tool to remove bed bugs from deep harborage such as: under baseboards; under carpet edges (pull up along the tack strip); around switch plates (you may have to remove the plate first); from the bed frame; inside box springs; inside furniture; and from floor cracks.
Liquid and aerosol (aka “Bug Bomb”) pesticide sprays containing either benzalkonium chloride or natural/synthetic pyrethrins can be applied to the whole room and as a spot treatment to cracks and crevices that may harbor bed bugs.
Because bed bugs readily hide in small crevices, they may accompany (as stowaways) luggage, furniture, clothing, pillows, boxes, and other such objects when these are moved between apartments, homes and hotels.
Carefully inspect the bed frame, mattress, and other furniture for signs of bed bugs and their eggs.
We might be able to salvage some things, put them into "storage" for 18 months, but overall, we will be leaving this apartment with the clothes on our backs and nothing else.
Chemicals may kill the "living" bugs, but they certainly don't kill the "eggs" and the eggs can sit dormant for as long as a year even under challenging circumstances.
I am not yet able to move because (a) I am afraid of ANY possibility of taking "eggs" with me (as you know they can lay dormant for LONG period of time) and (b) I don't have any money now because this thing has turned my life upside down and inside out.
Buddy says, "The sooner you leave, the sooner we get it done, come back in 6 hours." Not to be outdone by the Professionals, she sprayed the insides of all the closets with Eau de Pesticide last night.
While some "experts" say it might not be necessary, it's probably wise to get rid of your mattress and box spring and consider, as our fearful leader of this blog did, replacing the bed with a metal frame bed at some point.
Why, one might ask, so extreme? Because I was sitting in my last office a month ago when I felt a "bite" (keep in mind I have extreme reaction to these things).
My daughter, in Command of the 4th Fumigation (this might serve her well for future Assaults) asked the "terminators" (as she politely calls them), "How long is this going to take today?".
Just the other day, a member of my family said, "You didn't LOSE everything, you walked away from it." And it pissed me off because I wouldn't have walked away from everything if I hadn't been pushed to that point.
He started a new job in late July at a large industrial laundry facility (read that as big laundrymat for hotels, both rich and poor; hospitals; nursing homes; and other facilities that use "linen".
This is how these bites manifested themselves: a series of cluster bites around the waist, lower back, the ankles, the neck and even the face (no wonder the clinic doctor originally diagnosed me with "scabies" as there are some similiarities).
I slept on "her" couch last night with fresh linen.
Rebecca, as for why your boyfriend "never got bit", I have read that a percentage of people do not have an allergic reaction to bug bites.
Last night my daughter said, "Mommy, I have more bites".
Gosh i sympathize with you all, my dad and sister had bed bugs bad too, but thankfully the landlord did have it sprayed several times and that got rid of most of them i think ? i also noticed one tick looking bug in my apt in the bathroom and i caught it and killed it and i noticed just one in my bed but dead last night i am so freaked out and worried about this i have terrible allergies and can not handle sprays or powders now what ? i heard that lavender oil from like the bath and body shop $10.00, helps ? i guess that you drop some of the oil all over the bed ? i just got my bed too 500 and something for it, last year .. it is the best queen i have ever had too, so sad.
Most doctors have no idea WHAT a bedbug looks like and can misdiagnos it as "scabies" or other problems.
Flipping through a catelogue my daughter says with glee, "Mommy, here's a metal frame bed!!".
Oh, did I mention "paranoia" ?? My new job requires that I take public transportation in and out of an area heavily populated by "poultry workers" (who are not unknown to carry other nasty varieties of "the bed bug").
One can feel very isolated and alone going through this experience plus a little "mad".
I went home, somewhat puzzled by his comments, took the time and looked up "bed bugs" and voila!! we had 'em.
I have worn the same "outfits" to work for the last monoth.
Said our furniture was "old" (no it just looks "old" and we paid $1000 for each peice two years ago and I advised him "I have the receipts").
Our fearful leader (host of this blog) posted a most excellent URL .. "everything you wanted to know about bedbugs but had no idea they even existed".
He was not uncooperative and left by saying indignantly, "I will never sleep in this house again".
I told my doctor, "what if I have taken this to work??? !!!".
Some clothing in garment bags but our "home" is just a shell.
My landlord (now gone) tried to put the blame on me; my mother does a "tut tut" as if in some way this was my fault.
I captured a bug, put it in a jar, took it to my landlord and he told me "baby ladybug".
The company thought I was "just eccentric" (actually I am going through a nervous breakdown).
Jacob writes, “I have been trying to make Walmart take back an air mattress for two months now, and they refuse.” The store manager at the Walmart on South Duff Avenue in Ames, Iowa (shout out to Leslie Hall!) has started making up new rules on when an air mattress can be returned—including that the federal government limits returns to 15 days “because of the bed bugs, you know.” No, we didn’t know that, Walmart manager.
When he took it back to Walmart, they told him “Oh, those are only meant to be used one time — they’re disposable.” Ridiculous! My boyfriend did eventually get Walmart to do a return for him, after he pointed out that it’s completely ludicrous to say that an air mattress is only meant to be used once and that it doesn’t say that anywhere on the packaging, anyway.
I bought an air mattress at a San Antonio (Texas) Walmart during hurricane Ike, and there was a sign on the shelf where the air mattress’s were that did stipulate that the return policy on them was 15 days, and they could not be refunded, they could only be exchanged for one of the same, or greater, value.
At my Walmart, there is a sign on the shelves next to the air mattresses explaining a restricted return policy, and there is another sign behind the customer service counter repeating this policy.
We went up to the return desk and the woman said “see if you can find this model of air mattress in our store now and bring it back to me and I’ll credit you for the price of the mattress”.
Plus, even if you discard items, without intensive investigation and/or treatment, you might be leaving bed bugs within other areas of the structure only to re-infest new furniture.
Professionally administered heat treatments for bed bugs raise the temperatures of the room, the furniture, and the wall voids to a consistent 115-120º F temperature.
Pest control specialists apply the insecticide to the infested surfaces and seams, such as the cracks and crevices near the baseboards, wall trim, switch plate and outlet plate, and the seams of furniture and mattresses.
Bed bug bites often appear in a line or cluster near each other, formed as the bugs feed from multiple sites.
(Since they dislike foraging through hair, bed bugs don’t often target pets.) If you have been bitten by bed bugs you may have red, itchy spots on areas of your body without much hair.
Bed bugs (or "bedbugs") are flat, slightly oval, somewhat teardrop-shaped insects that measure about ¼-inch in length when fully grown.
In cases of heavy infestations of bed bugs, you may notice a musty, sweet aroma, sometimes compared to "rotten raspberries", almond extract, or unwashed sheets.
The trick for an effective treatment is to place the insecticide where the bugs encounter the poison.

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