Mattress Encasements - What Does a Bed Bug Mattress Cover Do?
What mattress encasements are and how they are used in bed bug control and prevention.
If you've looked around the web, no doubt you've seen advertisements for bed bug mattress encasements. These mattress covers are also known as mattress encasements or bedbug encasements. Whatever you call them, they are a useful tool in dealing with a bed bug infestation.
When people find out they have bed bugs, some simply chuck their mattress and box spring thinking this will end their bed bug problem. Sometimes they even toss the bed frame out for good measure. This is a waste of money and is rarely necessary.
When people toss their old bed setup, they buy a new one of course. Makes sense. Then they bring the new setup into their bedroom. But they have not actually addressed their bed bug problem---they've only addressed one of the symptoms. The bed bug infestation is still there. You can guess what happens. The bed bugs come back and infest their new bed, leaving them back at square one.
A Simple Solution
Bed bug mattress covers serve two primary purposes:
- They keep any bed bugs hiding inside your mattress or box spring sealed in. This prevents them from biting you or hiding somewhere else.
- Bed bug mattress covers also prevent any more bed bugs from infesting your mattress or box spring.
An encasement is usually made of tough plastic. It is a kind of sleeve that you slide your mattress into. Then you close the cover with a zipper or slide. This forms a bed bug proof enclosure. No bed bugs can get out of it, no bed bugs can get in it. And they can't bite you through it either. Bed bugs can live over a year without feeding. Sealed inside the encasements without any opportunity to feed, they will eventually die.
When eradicating bed bugs, it is important to eliminate hiding options. In addition to mattresses, bedbug encasements are available for box springs and pillows. Once you encase all of these, you have removed them as hiding places. Since you will wash and dry your bedding on high heat to kill any bed bugs, you take away those areas to hide as well. Keep in mind that there is much more to handling a bed bug infestation. But encasing these areas is important to address.
But Common Mattress Covers Don't Keep Bed Bugs Out
It may seem that all mattres covers are pretty much the same. They have a zipper and they cover the mattress.
What could be more simple, right?
But there are some significant differences between plain old mattress covers and bed bug proof encasements. Don't think you can just go into any department store, walk out with any kind of mattress cover and be all set.
You won't be. Because you need a mattress cover that has been specifically designed as a bed bug encasement.
Buying a Quality Bed Bug Encasement
There are a few different kinds of bed bug encasements out there but SafeRest seems to have a really solid product:
- 3rd Party testing shows SafeRest Mattress Encasements are effective at preventing bed bug bites which means you and your family can rest a little easier. (Read the certification report here).
- Their special zipper technology ensures you won't run into problems because the zipper isn't tight enough or wasn't closed all the way.
- The material is silent and doesn't change the way the bed feels.
- Machine washable which means you don't need to do anything special to clean them (just make sure they stay on at least 18 months to kill all bed bugs inside).
- They have a 10 Year Warranty.
You get a quality product that works with certification to prove it. The way your bed feels and sounds won't be any different. And the manufacturer stands behind their product completely.
We were impressed by the quality of SafeRest. The features are great and it's already protected our bed from a liquid spill. We bought it to protect our mattress from bed bugs and fluids and it's already doing its job. The zippers are unique and it's completely silent. Highly recommend!
---Mike from Atlanta, GA
The encasement fit perfect and was just what we had hoped for. The quality was very good and we were very satisfied.
---Laura from Hilton Head, SC
We bought these for our daughter that has asthma. It's too early to tell, but they seem to be helping her. They are soft and don't make any noise. Would recommend.
---Jamie from Raleigh, N.C o
Just remove your bedding, slip the covers on and zip them up. Now your mattress and box spring are protected.
How to Buy Them
You can buy them from Bed Bug Supply using the link below.
SafeRest Mattress Encasements come in several sizes to fit your bed, including varying mattress depths. There are also specific encasements for boxsprings and pillows. So this is a complete protection system for your mattress, boxspring and pillows.
A queen size bed bug mattress encasement is about $70. Queen size box spring encasement is another $45. If you can't afford both, experts recommend getting the box spring encasement. 1
I did my homework and it paid off. SafeRest encasements are the very best.. We purchased encasements for the entire house and it was money well spent. Bed bug supply also had the best prices for SafeRest.
---Amanda from New York, NY
http://www.nchh.org/Portals/0/Contents/bedbug_report.pdf, pp 14—Box springs are structurally more complex and more difficult to treat than are mattresses, so if only one encasement can be purchased, the box springs should be encased.