A mattress encasement (cover or protector) is essentially a plastic bag that wraps around your bed and seals it off from the surrounding environment. It does a good job of spreading an infestation of bed bugs by suffocating the ones that live directly on your mattress. Additionally, they can be used as a line of defense to prevent bed bugs from making your bed their home. Even more, mattress encasements can often be fire retardant and antimicrobial. Because they can be helpful, we recommend using a mattress encasement in most situations if you think you are at risk for bed bugs.
As a treatment method for a real bed bug infestation, however, is that bed bugs are masters at hiding and do not live solely in your mattress. While a mattress encasement may kill most of the bed bugs currently in your mattress, you’ll end up missing those bugs that are in the bed frame, your furniture and other parts of your home. Nymphs and unhatched eggs are notorious for hiding in walls and will continue to grow and reproduce while you are thinking the new mattress encasement has solved your problem.
A bed bug infestation presents a difficult cycle to manage since you might kill the bed bugs in your mattress, but the nymphs and unhatched eggs hiding elsewhere will quickly mature and travel to your newly treated mattress and its bedding. Before you know it, you’ll have another infestation on your hands. You will need to find a treatment that covers more than just your mattress so the rest of your home is not susceptible to bed bugs.Mattress encasements definitely have their benefits and assist in controlling bed bugs, however, they should be used along with a primary treatment method to control your bed bug problem. If you’d like to stop wasting your time and money and learn about ways to get rid of bed bugs once and for all, call our office today!