How Long Can Scabies Live In A Mattress

How Long Can Scabies Live In A Mattress

Scabies is a skin infestation caused by several species of mites in the genus Sarcoptes. These mites burrow their way into the skin and lay eggs, which leads to intense itching, which can be very difficult to control.

How Long Can Scabies Live In A Mattress

Scabies lives in a mattress for up to 4-6 months and can be difficult to rid out. The infestation is often spread from person to person through direct contact with another known or suspected carrier. In this article, you’ll learn the main steps on how to rid of scabies from the mattress at home.

What Is Scabies?

Scabies is characterized by intense itching and an itchy rash on the body’s surface that starts within a week of infection and may take up to two months before it vanishes completely for most infected people but is not treated with appropriate medication. There are several types of Scabies.

What Is Scabies?

Common Scabies

Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis is the most common type, and it does not cause any skin diseases and itchiness. It is also known as itch mite. It will attach itself to the hair follicle, which allows it to feed on the body’s sweat and hormonal proteins.

Pill Mite

Sarcoptes scabiei var. polii is a specific type of Scabies that are found in the human skin they are more like a parasite than a mite. It will stick to the hair follicles and penetrate into the skin where it feeds on blood and lymph fluids. When it is near to an egg, it will be expelled from the host’s body and then deposit eggs in its place. This can happen many times before being expelled from the host’s skin.

Louse Mite

Sarcoptes scabiei var. capitis is found in the scalp, skin folds, and other portions of the body. It likes high temperature and will stay for a long time unnoticed and it will live for many years without coming on to the surface of the skin to do any activity.

The Two Main Types Of Scabies Infection

  1. Cutaneous Scabies (CS): This type affects both males and females equally; it is transmitted via skin-to-skin contact with an infected individual and most commonly present around the wrist area, elbow crease, neck area, axilla folds, wrists, hands or fingers.
  2. Intestinal Scabies (IS): This type affects only males, and is transmitted via skin-to-skin contact with an infected individual. It commonly presents around the perianal area, neck, shoulders, back of the knees and groin.

How Do I Get Rid Of Scabies From A Mattress?

Let’s start taking necessary precautions to eradicate scabies at home: identify a possible problem area by checking where you can find parasites on your body (face, arms/legs/hair/nipples). You can also consult an expert on how to identify the mites which are present within your mattress.


Vacuum your mattress at a high temperature to kill scabies. Start vacuuming from the head of the bed towards the foot. This ensures you get into all of the crevices and cracks in which they like to hide, including under and behind any loose or removable bedding.

Wash your sheets but not at a very high heat because this has been known to cook mites into a crack that is not visible, and they will return after being dormant for a few days, weeks, or months. This is why sanitation is so important; by washing your bedding and clothes regularly, you effectively remove scabies’ food supply.

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaners are his best choice to eliminate the problem of scabies from your mattress, it also helps clean it from old stains and create a healthy environment for your skin to breathe in. The steam cleaner is gentle on your mattress and softens dirt/dust that may be clogging pores in the beds, and contributes to the growth of mites, fleas, germs, mold, and mildew.

Permethrin Spray

Permanently kills mites and keeps them from getting back in the mattress after repeated washings or your clothes if you are wearing them while you clean the mattress.

Use Plastic Cover on Your Mattress

Plastic cover to a matted mattress has a high effectiveness rate of removing mites within 8 hours, and it can reduce the efficiency of two layers with each washing and contribute to the growth of mold and mildew. In my experience, this method was the best way to eradicate scabies from my mattress.

Scabies Lifespan

The lifespan of an infected person may be anywhere from six weeks to three months, but the average is about four to five weeks.

Scabies Lifespan

How long can scabies live in a mattress? The length of time scabies can live in a bed depends on several factors. An important factor is the healthy condition of the body, which is infested with mites; it will probably take longer for your skin and entire body system to get back to normal if you have been infected for a quite long time or are not taking medications for the treatment seriously.


What Can I Spray On My Mattress To Kill Scabies?

Scabies can be treated with prescription medication containing permethrin applied to the skin or a spray containing permethrin applied to clothing, bedding, and furniture.

Can Scabies Live In Pillows?

Scabies does not tend to stay long inside a surface. These are parasites that can live in people or animals. They live on the skin, under the hair, and around the mouth of their host.

Does Lysol Kill Scabies On Mattress?

Yes, Lysol will kill scabies on mattresses, but it is ineffective if the bed is wet because the scabies eggs may be hiding in cracks and crevices for up to 18 months. Lysol should never be used on upholstered furniture or carpets. It will not kill all of the scabies mites, so they can still hatch eggs present in those places. If mattresses are sprayed with Lysol, they should first be vacuumed to remove any dust particles and wiped down with a damp cloth before spraying with Lysol.

Nick Favreau

Nick Favreau is an expert mattress writer, whose unbiased reviews and in-depth analyses of mattresses have made him a trusted source of information for those looking for quality sleep.

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