Bed bugs are called bed bugs for a very good reason because they mainly inhabit and bite you while you’re in your bed sleeping. One of the single most effective steps you can take to protect yourself from a bed bug infestation is installing both Bed Bug Mattress Covers and Bed Bug box spring covers on all of the beds in your home.
One point of clarity, while commonly called Bed Bug Mattress Covers, the real name is Bed Bug Mattress Encasements, as these specialized products encase the mattress, and go beyond just covering it, in the traditional sense of a mattress cover. Mattress Covers should not be confused with covers, they are not the same thing at all.
Bed Bug Mattress and Box Spring Encasements
One the first and most significant steps you can take to reducing your risk of a bed bug infestation is to practice bed bug prevention strategies, especially for your bed, and immediate surrounding areas.
Mattress interiors and their associated box springs provide optimal hang-out spots for bed bugs. Living in your bed, bed bugs have access to food (you), lots of hiding places, and plenty of room to move about and multiply. One of the most simple and effective prevention strategies you can implement is encasing your mattress and box spring with bed bug mattress encasements.
As their name suggests, bed bug mattress encasements are designed specifically to encase your mattress and to block bed bugs from entering or exiting your Mattress.
Mattress Encasements Help with Detection, Prevention, and Treatment
Mattress and box spring encasements play a critical roll in all three stages of Bed Bug Treatment:
- Detection – The smooth and white surface of the encasement will help you more easily see bed bugs, and signs of bed bugs. Bed bugs have very few, if any places, to hide on an encasement, and will be easily spotted.
- Protection – Since the encasement completely wraps the mattress and box spring, bed bugs are not able to get on them or in them to hide, feed, and multiply.
- Treatment – The majority of bed bugs live and thrive inside of your mattress and box spring. Encasing both, seals the bed bugs in, where they cannot feed, and will eventually starve and die.
Using encasements is also significantly easier than attempting to treat a bed, due to all of the hidden corners and folds, not to mention having to penetrate the Mattress and Box Spring itself in order to reach and kill the bed bugs. This is all a very time-consuming process, where installing encasements only takes a few minutes.
Mattress Encasement Buyer’s Guide
There are a number of encasement options available on the market, some work far better than others, and the various designs have different sets of pros and cons. There are numerous types of encasements available on the market, some don’t work well at all and are prone to failure, while others work, but have numerous pros and cons. Many encasements don’t work at all for bed bugs, as they aren’t designed for them.
Here are some things you should consider when purchasing Bed Bug Mattress and Box Spring encasements:
Bite-proof basically means the encasement prevents bed bugs from being able to bite you and feed through the material. General encasements are generally NOT bite-proof. You’ll want to make sure you purchase scientifically tested and proven “bed bug encasements”, specifically designed for bed bugs and dust mites.
When selecting a mattress cover, be sure that it is made of a bite-proof material. If you are dealing with a mattress that is infested with bedbugs, and are using mattress covers to protect you and your bed, the bed bugs may still be able to feed through the fabric. So look for this term “bite-proof” when purchasing a mattress cover.
Fortunately, all “bed bug mattress covers” are bite proof. However, normal mattress covers often are not.
The purpose of the encasement is to keep bugs in the mattress in and keep bugs not in the mattress, out. If the fabric isn’t the right kind, bed bugs will be able to travel through the fabric, rendering the encasement useless for bed bugs. Again, you’ll want to purchase encasements specifically designed for bed bugs, that have been proven to not allow bed bugs in our out.
Proper zipper design is critical. Zippers with large teeth allow smaller bed bugs to maneuver through the zipper. Zipper teeth should be very small, and the teeth should mesh tightly together in order to seal the opening.
Another common failure point for poorly design encasements is where the zipper stops after being zipped shut. Some encasements left openings, where the zipper would not completely close. Other encasements will close, but then over time slowly open back up as the encasement is stretched and moved around. Some manufacturers, like the Protect-a-bed line provider a zipper lock to ensure the zipper remains closed.
Fabric and material
Not only should the fabric prevent bed bugs from biting, and keep bed bugs in or out, the fabric should be breathable to allow air to circulate through the mattress. Many new encasements are also waterproof, offering protection against spills, or nighttime accidents.
While many manufacturers advertise their products are washable, you don’t ever really want to remove the encasement once installed, as you risk allowing bed bugs in or out, which could cause an infestation. Once your encasement is installed, consider it a permanent part of your mattress.
Our Recommendation for Bed Bug Mattress and Box Spring Encasements:
One product meets all of our requirements, and that is the line of bed bug encasements made by Protect-A-Bed, and especially their BugLock line of products. These are high quality, and scientifically proven products that will protect your mattress and box springs from bed bugs, and allow you to get a good, bed bug free sleep.
Protect-A-Bed Bedlock Plus Mattress Encasement
The Protect-A-Bed mattress encasements provide a highly effective solution, at a very reasonable price. Encasements are fully zippered shut, and the Miracle Membrane prevents bed bugs from biting through or escaping. Protect-a-Bed encasements are scientifically tested for complete bed bug protection providing peace of mind for you and your guests. They additionally provide a 1-year factory warranty for leaks and tears.