Along with all of the media hype about Bedbugs comes a flood of searches to the internet for “Bedbugs” and how to identify and prevent them. There are a lot of things one can do to help lessen the likelihood of getting infested with Bedbugs but there is one step that should be completed first when “Bedbug-proofing” your home: install Bedbug-proof mattress encasements.
Bedbug-proof mattress encasements differ from ordinary mattress covers because they are designed specifically to keep Bedbugs on an infested mattress, not allowing them to exit on feed on you and prevent new Bedbugs from living on your mattress. These encasements were originally designed by a pest management professional and have become a huge business in the “Bedbug industry”. Many companies are now marketing their own versions so there are many to choose from. Some manufacturers have added additional features such as being waterproof, breathable, stretchable and protection against bacteria and other microbes. One common feature for Bedbug-proof mattress encasements is the use of a locking zipper. Most encasements have zippers with very small teeth that in and of itself help prevent Bedbug entry or exit but locking the zipper closed with a clasp helps prevent the zipper from opening over time. In many cases these clasps do not pull the zipper tight enough thus allowing a little space for Bedbugs to enter or exit so be sure to check the closure system thoroughly. Many encasements also offer an option of being waterproof or water-resistant but a large majority of manufacturers employ this feature on the top side of the encasement and not all 6 sides.
Allergy Sentry has a patented design that ensures the encasement is completely enclosed via “BugGuard™ Closure System”. The system is redundant and is 100% sealed to prevent Bedbugs and allergens entry and exit. Allergy Sentry encasements have been rigorously tested and are the best on the market. A breathable fabric with a terry style top ensures a comfortable sleep. The investment in a premium encasement will prevent you from having to discard mattresses and box springs which are very costly to replace. Don’t throw away that mattress, just encase it!
The EPA recommends the use of Bedbug-proof encasements to help trap and detect Bedbugs since the encasements are usually white allowing easy identification of live Bedbugs or their fecal spots.