The Risks of Purchasing a Used Mattress | Pest Control Vancouver
Just this past weekend, many of the mattress stores in town were hosting President’s Day sales on new mattress sets. For those actually in the search for a new mattress, the endeavor can prove daunting. How can all these stores seem to be basically selling the same sets, and why are there so many different options of padding material? Furthermore, when you tell a salesman you’re only looking to pay “around five hundred,” the hearty laugh and lackadaisical service you receive can prove disheartening. After three or four stores, you might start to wonder if purchasing a refurbished mattress is really so bad. Is it really any different than sleeping on a hotel mattress? What are the chances of actually bringing home a used mattress that has bed bugs? But though a lack of cash or desire to deal with salesmen might make a two hundred dollar mattress on Craigslist start to seem attractive, there are legitimate risks of bringing in pests and health concerns when you buy a mattress used, making buying a mattress new worth the hassle.
Mattresses can act as giant sponges that slowly absorb moisture from the environment and bodily fluids and oils excreted from people as they sleep. In just 10 years, a mattress can pick up three thousand liters of perspiration alone. This is not only an “ick” factor, but breeds the perfect environment for bugs, germs and mold.
Fleas are a menace. Not only do they leave irritating bites and are a health risk to your pets, but they are also tenacious. Flea eggs can lay dormant in a mattress for several months before infesting your home. Effective removal often requires hiring pest control and issuing several treatments because dormant flea eggs can continue to cause reinfestation.
This is the biggest reason as to why people are generally advised to purchase a mattress new. Bedbugs are incredibly adept at hiding within the materials of a used mattress, and can aggravate allergies. Furthermore, they are highly resilient to insecticides, making most home remedies ineffective. Bed bugs will most likely require an outside pest control company to come into your home and exterminate the infestation.
Though there may not be any live roaches visible, roaches can lay eggs within the mattress, leading to an infestation in your home. Again, this will necessitate the need for pest control to remove the infestation.
Mattresses experience fatigue and wear on their padding and springs over time, which can lead to poor back support and pain. Furthermore, mattresses made before 2007 can potentially cause a fire risk.
So when it comes to buying a new mattress, save yourself from the risks of pests and harm, and buy new. Even if you find a Craigslist mattress that is incredibly affordable and listed as “hardly used,” there is little chance that that used mattress is going to receive the commercial de-sanitation and inspection necessary to truly deem the mattress safe and free of pests. Even when buying from a store, dishonest retailers will sometimes ignore federal requirements and ticket a used mattress as properly treated. It is recommended that when searching for a new mattress, that you check the tags for “all-new materials.” Buying a mattress new, even when the hassle of dealing with salesmen might feel stressful, will ensure your safety and prevent the chances of needing to hire pest control. However, if you do purchase a used mattress and find yourself struggling with a nasty infestation of bed bugs or fleas, make sure to choose Antworks to handle your pest control needs in Vancouver, WA.