Bed Bug Mattress Cover
Bed bugs find safe shelter near the bed or the mattress to stay close to the food source. Since the majority of the bed bug population is found on the mattress, preventing or treating the bed bugs in the mattress is considered to resolve half of the bed bug population. Mattress covers is one such method used to prevent and kill the bed bug infestation, mainly focusing on the bed mattress. Mattress encasements are also available in the market to prevent bed bugs. It is important to know the significant difference between these before considering buying a mattress cover. The terms mattress cover and mattress encasements are used interchangeably even though their functions are unique.
These are simple sheets, which intended to cover the top and the sides of the mattress. It does not completely enclose the bed from all the sides. Few of the mattress covers are treated with chemical (pesticides/insecticides) with an intention to get rid of those bed bugs that get in contact with the chemical.
These are bagged enclosure designed to fit the size of the mattress. These are normally made of quality cloth material to withstand the rough wear and tear. It has a zipper, which aids in sealing off the bed bugs from within as well as outside the mattress. These are specifically created to be bite-proof as well as escape-proof.
Does Mattress Cover Get Rid of the Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs spend their time in hiding and come to the surface of the bed/mattress for their meal. Therefore, the time spent on the mattress cover is quite less. Bed bugs need a longer contact period with the chemical to be killed. Additionally, people cannot lie down directly on the chemical mattress cover to avoid exposure to pesticide. Placing an additional sheet over the mattress cover makes it quite ineffective in preventing the bed bugs.
How Does A Mattress Encasement Work?
A well-designed mattress encasement is a useful aid in the elimination of bed bugs. Since they are tight fit enclosure, the mattress encasement prevents the entry of the bed bugs into the mattress. Additionally, it imprisons the bed bugs present in the mattress, if any, before the installation. This helps in treating the existing bed bugs. An effective encasement must be completely bite proof, preventing the bed bugs from attacking the food source through the case material. It must also be escape proof hindering the bed bugs from getting out of the encasement. The encasement should be made of quality, durable material, strong zipper to make it dual proof device in getting rid of bed bugs.