Disposal of Bed Bug Infested Mattresses

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If something bites you every time you lie down on your warm mattress, it’s bed bugs hiding in your mattress thus disposal of bed bug-infested mattresses is the only way to save yourself from the dilemma. Bed bugs are small blood-sucking insects that like to live on crevices where they could easily find hosts to bite and suck blood. Either humans or animals, the bed bugs will bite. But because they love the warm environment and can be easily attracted by the warmth of human bodies, they prefer humans mostly so they can quickly feed and breed.

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Disposal of Bed Bug Infested Mattresses

Now, the problem is, if ever your mattress has become a haven for these small blood-sucking insects, you may ask questions like “should I throw out my mattress if I have bed bugs” or if you’d been bitten many times, you may also be puzzled how many bed bugs are in one  bed. 

Aside from these troubling questions, you also need to face another problem if you ever discover that your mattress needs to be disposed of because of infestation. And what’s this problem? Where and how can you get mattress disposal in Christchurch when you’re worried the infestation is out of hand?

Single Size


 Just click what size you want us to pickup and we will come to your home load your single mattress and take it to the tip. You don’t need to lift a finger. Price is for pickup in the Christchurch area with your items within easy access.

$49.00

Mattress Only

$25.95

Base Only

$59.95

Mattress & Base Set

Double Size


Just click what size you want us to pickup and we will come to your home load your Double mattress and take it to the tip. You don’t need to lift a finger. Price is for pickup in the Christchurch area with your items within easy access.

$59.99

Mattress Only

$38.99

Base Only​​

$69.99

Mattress & Base Set

Queen Size


Just click what size you want us to pickup and we will come to your home load your queen mattress and take it to the tip. You don’t need to lift a finger. Price is for pickup in the Christchurch area with your items within easy access.

$69.99

Mattress Only

$43.99

Base Only

$89.99

Mattress & Base Set

King Size


Just click what size you want us to pickup and we will come to your home load your king mattress and take it to the tip. You don’t need to lift a finger. Price is for pickup in the Christchurch area with your items within easy access.

$69.99

Mattress Only

$58.99

Base Only

$99.99

Mattress & Base Set

Super King Size


Just click what size you want us to pickup and we will come to your home load your super king mattress and take it to the tip. You don’t need to lift a finger. Price is for pickup in the Christchurch area with your items within easy access.

$89.99

Mattress Only

$69.99

Base Only

$125.00

Mattress & Base Set

Should I Throw Out My Mattress If I Have Bed Bugs

Okay, so let’s go back to this question because a lot of people want to know the quickest way of disposing of bug-infested furniture. Unfortunately, recycling bug-infested mattresses is not allowed, primarily because of the possible spread of these insects. So basically, you cannot just leave your mattress on the curbside and let people take it. And although there is no particular law in Christchurch that prohibits the selling or donating of mattresses that could be infested with these  insects, it is still against the ethical standards of giving away your furniture that you think could be contaminated with any type of insects. Disposal of Bed Bug Infested Mattresses

With bed bugs, one adult bed bug could lay 2 to 3 eggs a day and from the day the eggs hatch and become nymphs, in 5 weeks, these will develop into adults and ready to breed and lay eggs again. That’s why in about 6 months, even from a single bed bug, bed bug infestation can occur in one place most especially on beds, mattresses, couches, box springs and even on floor wooden slabs. Bed bugs can live up to 6 months to a year depending on the environment they live in but they prefer to live in an environment with moderate temperature.

Bed bugs are not known to carry infectious diseases but their bites can cause skin infections and irritations especially if you are allergic to their saliva. Not to mention it can be embarrassing for people to see you have welts in your arms or legs, you will always feel anxious whenever you lay on your mattress or bed. So what should you do about the disposal of a bed bug-infested mattress? You have to remember not to recycle your bed-bugged mattress because one insect has gone and hidden  somewhere in your house, that single bug could already be carrying eggs and can cause another cycle of infestation. Disposal of Bed Bug Infested Mattresses

So the best thing that you have to do is call a professional pest control company that specializes in controlling bed bug infestations and follow their preventive procedures. But if you don’t want to spend money because hiring a pest control team could be costly, you could also practice DIY bed bug control procedures with your mattress.

How Many Bed Bugs Are in One Bed?

You may want to know how many bed bugs can live in one mattress or bed if you want to go for a DIY bed bug control. So  here are some interesting facts about them. 

One adult female bug can lay 2 to 3 eggs a day and it will take about 10 days for the eggs to hatch. From their nymph state (hatchlings) they can turn into adults in 5 to 6 weeks. One female bed bug can lay about 200 to 250 eggs before it dies. And even without food or blood meal, these critters can live up to 3 months at a normal room temperature. But because these insects are cold-blooded, they can slow down their metabolism during the cold season and can live up to a year even without feeding. But with regular hosts, they can live for more than a year.

Bedbugs cannot fly because they lack wings. But they can crawl more than a meter a minute and they can easily hide into crevices once they detect movements because of their slim, flat bodies.   Bed bugs are generally more active at night but they can bite any time of the day once they get hungry. If you have been bitten by bed bugs for a few days and you notice the bites are becoming more frequent  until your bare skin has welts every  night, most probably the bugs in your bed or mattress could be 100 or more.

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But how come your arms and legs are not getting the same amount of bite marks every night? It’s because bed bugs feed only once a week. Once their abdomens get engorged with blood which they need to develop their eggs, they won’t feed anymore as they need to digest the blood completely. However, from the time the eggs hatch, the nymphs begin to feed on blood and will feed until it completes their 8 developmental stages and becomes adults. 

Disposal of Bed Bug Infested Mattresses in Christchurch?

Disposal of bed-bug infested mattresses is the only way of avoiding more infestations inside your home and the best way to do it is to contact us for the service and we’ll pick up the mattress right from your place. However, we also encourage you to take simple preventive measures in controlling or killing out these pests before we can pick your mattress from your home.

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Once you have taken measures in killing the bugs, we’ll pick up the item and take this to the transfer station and this will be brought along with other mattresses for landfill disposal.

First, here are the signs of bed bug infestations?

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Bite signs on your skin. These can be red spots in certain areas like your arms, legs or lower back where your skin is bare when you’re sleeping. 

 

Blood stains. You may see some blood stains on your blanket or pillow cases or your bed sheets almost every morning. Bed bugs poop while they suck blood and along their poop comes a small amount of blood whenever they get engorged with it.  

 

Fecal spots or skin shedding. There will be dark fecal spots or some eggshells or even shed skins on spots where they hide. Use a flashlight and a magnifying glass to see these.  


Musty odor. You can smell their musty odor coming from their scent glands wherever they congregate.

Disposal of Bed Bug Infested Mattresses want to keep your mattress ?

Wash all the linens, bed sheets and curtains that you have in your bedroom in hot water and dry them out on the highest dry setting. 

If there’s the sun outside, dry these out in the sun on a clothesline for not less than 3 hours.

Take out your mattress and brush its seam with a stiff brush to eliminate the bugs’ eggs and nymphs. 

While the mattress is outside, use a powerful vacuum and try to vacuum every corner, especially the seams. Vacuum also every nook and crannies of your room including the bed support. After vacuuming, immediately dump all the collected contents into the black plastic bag, tie it tight and dispose of it in a bin. The collected bugs will die of suffocation. 

 

Cover the mattress with the large plastic bag that is preferably thick and transparent and tie its end tight then leave it under the hot sun for a few hours while turning the other side every hour. If there’s no sun, the plastic will also work to suffocate the remaining bugs inside the bed. 

Spray your room with insecticide for home use and hit the crevices and nooks with the spray. Then close the window and the door and open these after 2 hours to ventilate. Turn on an electric fan and don’t go inside the room until there’s a strong lingering smell of the pesticide. 

Before you bring your mattress inside your room, check if there are dead bugs that fell to the bottom of the plastic and this will tell you how infested your mattress before you’ve done the process. 

Remove the plastic cover and throw this out and bring back the mattress and cover it tightly with a bed sheet preferably with a zipper to fully cover it and not let the bugs hide under the seams. Use new linens, pillowcases, and curtains. 

Note that it depends on you if you want to dispose of your mattress quickly and you don’t want to do the plastic covering. But if you want to eliminate these insects and prevent their spread, you should do the plastic covering procedures. The plastic covering method is a good preventive measure among those who want to kill these insects right on their mattress.

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The most common species of bed bugs in New Zealand are the tropical bed bug (Cimex hemipterus) and the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius). Only about 5-6 mm with flat bodies but can get big up to 10 mm when engorged with blood, these insects are worse than mosquitoes in terms of biting. Once they smell the warmth of your skin and detect blood, they won’t stop sucking until their abdomens get filled up and you don’t know you’re being attacked because most likely you are asleep. 

Unfortunately, if your mattress becomes infested with bed bugs, you would want to dispose of it all because even a single adult bed bug can multiply rapidly in just a few months. With our single item pickup service, we can take your mattress or any other furniture that you want to dispose of. 

Visit our site to see the furniture that we can pick up from your home and each item has its pickup price that includes the taxes. All our transactions will be done online. And that’s how the disposal of bed bug-infested mattresses can be possible in Christchurch NZ. 

 

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