Bed Bug Mattress Encasement Covers

BedbugBedbug MattressOne of the first things anyone who finds out they have a bed bug infestation should get is a mattress encasement. This is just a little bit different from the standard cover you would get that just keeps the top from getting stains on it. Rather than just going over it, it actually zips around it entirely and seals up the inside - meaning no bugs are getting in or out. The ones that still live inside will die off, because they've got no chance to get out and get any food. That will take at least six months or so and up to eighteen in extreme cases (they can live a long time without feeding). However, there really isn't anything wrong with having them in there as long as they can't bite you.

You've got two basic choices: fabric or vinyl. Fabric is generally more comfortable to sleep on and is less likely to rip. However, it costs more and can get stained. If a bed bug gets squashed, sometimes you'll get little blood spots on it and will need to wash it. Vinyl encasements are usually easier to wash, aren't going to stain, and cheaper. On the other hand, vinyl tears pretty easily, can smell weird, and isn't as comfortable to sleep on. Generally, I'd go with fabric if you can afford it. Many encasements are treated with insecticides, which will help kill them off. 

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If you want to buy one, you can order them online here.You will also want to get some tape and cover up any holes left around the zipper, no matter how small.

BedbugYou've also got one other thing to consider: what to do about the pillows. They themselves can be a hiding place for bed bugs. There are a lot of them that you can stick in a washing machine on gentle and not have any problems with (make SURE to check this first - some could be ruined by doing that). If you can wash yours, I would recommend doing it regularly. The alternative is to get a pillow cover - it's the same thing as for the mattress, and will lock it up so bed bugs can't get inside. You still have to wash the pillowcase frequently, though.

Bed bug mattress covers can be purchased for as little as $20. Many pest control supply companies sell them on the internet. Make sure you choose one that is specifically designed for bed bug protection. If you have both a mattress and a box spring, you'll need to purchase two mattress covers. Adult bed bugs can live for well over a year without a blood meal. You'll need to leave the mattress covers on for at least that long to be sure all resident bed bugs are dead.

Mattress covers for bed bugs can be made from various materials but choose the one that will give you comfort. Avoid plastic if possible. You will sleep on your bed every single night so you want something that will be comfortable. Another thing to remember when buying covers is durability. You want something that can last if not for a lifetime, at least for the many years to come.

Inner Spring Mattress

Although mattress covers for bed bugs made of vinyl are a lot cheaper, people still choose the ones made of fabric because of the comfort they provide. Vinyl encasements tend to tear up too easily as well. This means that even if you are able to come up cheaper, you would have to buy again in no time. The good thing about vinyl encasements though is its ease of cleaning. You can just use a damp cloth and you're ready to go. Also, they come in different forms and sizes to snuggly fit your mattress no matter what type it is.

Allergy Sentry Pillow Cover

Mattress covers for bed bugs do not only protect against bugs, termite dusts, allergens and irritants but they also tend to extend the life of your mattress. Purchasing one will let you save tons of money. In my opinion, it's wiser to buy a good cover or encasement than try to replace your mattress altogether. Not because you have a brand-new mattress, it doesn't mean that it can be infested. The key in here is getting rid of bed bugs all at once and taking some preventive measures so you won't have to deal with them ever again.

Allergy Sentry Mattress Protector

Terry Surface Fabric with Knit Sidewall; Anti-Microbial Treatment.

Mattress Protector

Allergy Sentry Mattress Protector

  • • Reduces dust mite allergens by 99.9%

  • • Breathable fabric allows air to penetrate and body heat to pass through, providing a cool sleep surface

  • • Super absorbent toweling quickly soaks up fluids or spills
  • • 100% polyester expandable skirting, fitted sheet style
  • • Waterproof to repel moisture and protect your mattress
  • • Provides protection from bacteria and dust mites living in your mattress
  • • Lightweight fabric does not affect the comfort/feel of your mattress
  • • Helpful for customers who suffer from incontinence
  • • Stain proofs the mattress to protect your bedding investment
  • • Machine washable for easy maintenance

Available Sizes

Suggested Retail

Twin.   39” x 75”

Fits Mattress Depth up to 22"

$39.99

Twin XL    39” x 80”

Fits Mattress Depth up to 22"

$49.99

Full    54” x 75”

Fits Mattress Depth up to 22"

$59.99

Queen    60” x 80”

Fits Mattress Depth up to 22"

$69.99

King    76” x 80”

Fits Mattress Depth up to 22"

$79.99

Cal. King    72” x 84”

Fits Mattress Depth up to 22"

$89.99

 

Allergy Sentry Mattress Encasement

Bedbug MatressTerry Surface Fabric with Interlock Sidewalls and Bottom; Anti-Microbial Treatment; 6-Sided Protection; Bug Guard TM Closure System. "Our Allergy Sentry Mattress Encasement offers them a reasonably priced and effective way to keep their mattress(e's) without the concerns of bed bugs escaping to re-infest their home or property."

The Allergy Sentry Mattress Encasement is also an effective barrier against dust mites. The product features a waterproof yet breathable backing that dust mites are unable to penetrate. The company also offers a matching Box Spring Encasement that is bed bug resistant as well.

 

Bed bug Matress

 

Allergy Mattress Encasement

  • • Features patent-pending Bug Guard TM closure system that prevents the entry or escape of bed bugs and dust mites
  • • Anti-Microbial treatment guards against odor-causing bacteria
  • • Virtually eliminates the transfer of allergens
  • • Breathable fabric allows air to penetrate and body heat to pass through, providing a cool sleep surface
  • • Waterproof to repel moisture and protect your mattress
  • • Provides a dust mite and allergen barrier between you and your mattress
  • • Lightweight fabric does not affect the comfort/feel of your mattress
  • • Machine washable for easy maintenance
  • Ensures a healthier night’s sleep

Available Sizes

Suggested Retail

Twin.   39” x 75”

Fits Mattress Depth up to 16"

$69.99

Twin XL    39” x 80”

Fits Mattress Depth up to 16"

$79.99

Full    54” x 75”

Fits Mattress Depth up to 16"

$89.99

Queen    60” x 80”

Fits Mattress Depth up to 16"

$99.99

King    76” x 80”

Fits Mattress Depth up to 16"

$119.99

Cal. King    72” x 84”

Fits Mattress Depth up to 16"

$129.99

The first in this list of bed bug prevention measures is the bed bug mattress cover. In most cases, these should be well made and durable encasements that have been scientifically tested to prove that bed bugs cannot find their way into or out of your mattress. However, it is ideal to state that this cover is only effective in keeping bed bugs from getting in and getting out, if you have bed bugs in your bed, you are going to want to vacuum it, steam it, scrub it with hot water and soap, finally letting it dry really thoroughly with fans if possible, before fully encasing it.

Bed Bug DatabaseIf your mattress is already infested with bed bugs and you do not properly clean it and you put the mattress cover on it, this will simply suffocate the bed bugs inside and they will die, including the eggs. If your mattress is totally ruined by bed bugs, you might be required to buy a new mattress and then cover it with the bed bug mattress covers. One of the ways that bed bugs are spread is by people throwing out their mattresses and then other people picking them up from the street. If you are going to throw out your mattress, please put warning signs on the mattress to let people know. Many pest control companies recommend that you do not throw out your mattress but instead get it properly treated. If your bed bug pest control exterminator is coming to your home and you can not wait, you can always vacuum, steam clean and scrub your mattress, until they come, as an alternative to throwing out the mattress. Some mattresses are so infested with bed bugs, that throwing it out is the only option for them, then if this is your situation, put a warning on the mattress(es), so some unfortunate soul does not pick up the mattress and take the bed bugs home with them.

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