There are a lot of things you can do to prep your home for defense against outside threats. Fences, shrubs, hedges, security cameras, new locks, locks on windows, and tons more. These are likely all things you know. What you likely don’t know is mattress covers. These items are just as important as your security system, and choosing the right one can make all the difference in the world. This article will help you choose the best one for your home.
Bed Bug Mattress Covers
If you haven’t been sleeping with a bed bug
mattress, you might as well have been leaving your front door unlocked and wide open. Sounds pretty scary, right? Well, it should and this is your wake-up call! You wouldn’t leave your door wide open at open night, and you shouldn’t be sleeping without a mattress cover either. It’s well documented that bed bug’s
number one choice for residence is the bedroom, particularly the mattress.
90 percent of bed bugs that invade a home end up in the bedroom, particularly on the mattress. This is because they like to be as close as possible to their host. The right bed bug covers can prevent the infestation of your mattress, but more importantly, they can deter potential intruders. Prevention is key when it comes to dealing with bed bugs.
What Exactly Is A Bed Bug Mattress Protector?
If you want to know what a bed bug mattress protector is, think of a big Ziploc sandwich bag. This is virtually what a mattress protector is. It’s a big encasement that encloses your mattress. The only difference between a Ziploc bag and a mattress topper besides size is a zipper component. Bed bug mattress covers usually come equipped with some kind of zipper system to allow owners to properly seal their mattresses inside. This prevents inhabited bugs from escaping while also preventing future intruders. The theory behind this is, if these bugs can’t escape, they can’t feed.
If they can’t feed, they are going to eventually die out. A study conducted at the University of Minnesota showed that bed bugs can start dying within two weeks of being denied food. It doesn’t take a pest management professional to see and understand the importance of these items, especially when dealing with a potential infestation.
Choosing The Right Mattress Cover For Bed Bugs
Just like every pest control product today, you’ll find different variations available. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking to buy, you’ll have to choose between 4 or 5 different variations. Sometimes even more. While this might seem like a good thing to some, it can make the process more difficult for some. This is why it is imperative to know what qualities to look for when choosing a mattress cover for bed bugs.
Is It Full?
A mattress cover must be a full encasement to be effective. This means that it must entirely encapsulate the mattress. Go back to the Ziploc theory! A Ziploc bag that only covers half or part of the sandwich isn’t going to offer any protection. Your sandwich would be exposed to outside factors just like your mattress would be exposed to outside factors. An encasement must fully cover the mattress that it’s being installed on. The mattress cover will protect the mattress and the sandwich bag would protect the sandwich.
What About Sealing?
Just because the encasement fully covers your mattress, it doesn’t mean you are good to go. The mattress cover must also properly seal. A mattress cover can only kill bed bugs if it traps them inside. Not only this, but new bugs must be unable to reach the mattress. This would not be entirely possible if the cover didn’t seal. Make sure you purchase a mattress cover with a zipper and reinforced seams. The higher the quality of the zipper and seams, the better seal you’ll get.
Tested In The Field?
There are plenty of things that seem good on paper. Unfortunately, when applied in real-world scenarios, they just don’t hold up. The same can be said for some mattress covers. Some bed bug mattress covers might have all the right qualities, they might seal, they might have zipper compartments with reinforced seams, and they might look great on paper. However, if they haven’t been put to the test in the field, there is no reason to risk it. If you are being given one for free it may be okay, but never buy a model that hasn’t been tested in the field.
Are The Products Toxin-Free?
Chemicals have long been used in the pest control industry. Over this time, such products have been proven to be effective. This is probably why they are still used and will continue to be utilized. That being said, such chemicals can be harmful. Although they are effective, they still may pose a threat. That is true with the chemicals used to eradicate bed bugs. Not only this, but plastics and other materials can also contain toxins. You must be 100 percent sure that your mattress cover is free of toxins. You have to remember that you are going to be sleeping with this product so you want it to be safe.
What Do The Results Say?
As you can see, there is no denying that bed bug encasements can be effective, in theory. However, not all of them will be helpful. Bed bug covers can be helpful in many circumstances. You’ll need the right mattress cover and it has to be installed correctly. If a cover is placed on the bed wrong or there are holes, tear, or rips in the product, it is going to render it ineffective. The main theory behind these products is to trap bugs inside. If there is the slightest chance that bugs can get out, the product is ineffective.
And, this is why there are so many mixed results regarding mattress covers. Some people will say they work, while others say they are ineffective. The slightest mishap can render the product useless. This is why it is always best to work with a certified, trained professional. Work with someone with experience who knows exactly how to handle these products and properly install them. In addition to this, it usually takes multiple treatments to completely eradicate bed bugs. These creatures are elusive and it’ll take extreme effort and the right treatment plan to get rid of the infestation. A qualified professional can help you customize a pest management plan suitable for your home and budget.
When you’re ready to right this wrong, contact a qualified exterminator and get started.