can i get rid of bed bugs if i leave my mattress out in the sun ?

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Question by bigmak1125:
can i get rid of bed bugs if i leave my mattress out in the sun ?

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Answer by xkitenx1982
if your going to put it in the sun, sugar soap it then let it dry on both sides

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beauty b March 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm

get a new matress, don’t be cheap and risk your health.

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Chloe March 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Ick – but vaccum it a lot. Spray it with some kind of spray like you’d use for lice on the body and then put it in the sun. They say there are lot of bed bugs these days.

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sllyjo2 March 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm

no, sleep on the couch.

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louiequake March 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm

yeah that’s one way of getting away thos bugs in your mattress, also the bugs maybe coming from your pets so try on removing them on your bedroom.

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Dustin S March 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm

i don’t think so. I would try wrapping a large piece of plastic over it to make it air tight. then you will starve and suffocate
thus killing all bed bugs. IT takes up to 90 days

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ohwaw March 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Yes sure .. but you should first use the insecticide powder you have .. then the sun rays will kill all the remaining eggs ..

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copaceticlove March 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Bed bugs are active mainly at night. During the daytime, they prefer to hide close to where people sleep. Their flattened bodies enable them to fit into tiny crevices – especially those associated with mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards. Bed bugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but do tend to congregate in habitual hiding places.
Eliminating bed bugs from beds can be a challenge. If there are holes or tears in the fabric, the bugs and eggs may be inside, as well as outside. There also are restrictions on how beds can be treated with insecticides. For these reasons, pest control firms often recommend that beds be discarded, especially when heavily infested or in poor condition. Whether the bed stays or goes, encasing both the mattress and box spring is helpful if bugs are still present. Zippered encasements — available at bedding and allergy supply stores — deny bed bugs access to inner, hidden areas and entrap any bugs already inside. Some pest control firms treat seams, tufts, and crevices of bed components, but they will not spray the entire mattress surface, bed sheets, blankets, or clothing. Vacuuming (discussed previously) may further help to remove bugs and eggs from mattresses and box springs that cannot be discarded. Some pest control firms also treat beds with portable steam machines. The technique can be useful, but affords no residual protection and does not kill bugs or eggs hidden inside the box spring or mattress.
http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/entfacts/struct/ef636.htm

If you decide to discard your mattress, wrap it in plastic first so you can prevent bed bugs from crawling onto you while you carry it. Take the mattress and boxspring to a landfill or make sure that they are picked up quickly by your trash collection service. Mattress sets that are left besides dumpsters or out on lawns to be picked up may actually be picked up by someone else who then inherits your problem.
Check the following links for more information and information for removal from other items. The insects can infect your clothing, carpet, wood funishings, as well as most any other household items.
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Urban/bedbugs.htm

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cool_pal2chat March 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm

U can get rid of them but first sugar soap it & then clean it nicely&den dry it out of in the sun.

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