If you’ve ever dealt with an infestation of bed bugs, you know that getting the bugs out of the house takes a lot of work. When it comes to the mattress, even a thorough cleaning with a steam machine may leave behind a few of the eggs, paving the way for the infestation to start all over again at a later date. In order to prevent this possibility, it pays to invest in bed bug mattress encasements and put them on each mattress after the cleaning has been completed.
What are Bed Bug Mattress Encasements?
The encasements are durable shells that will fit snugly around mattresses. Unlike simple covers, the encasement will envelope the entire mattress, including the bottom. Once in position, the device can be sealed using a zipper or some other form of sealing agent. This effectively creates a shell around the mattress that won’t let anything in and will prevent anything that is inside from getting out.
The material used for most bed bug mattress encasements is a sturdy resin or plastic blend. The products used in the design are intentionally non porous. This means that nothing can pass through the surface. This is important if you are to protect yourself from any bed bugs that may be continuing to lurk in the recently cleaned mattress.
How Do I Put On an Encasement?
Your first task with getting rid of bed bugs is to sterilize the bedding and the mattress itself. This will mean using a bed bug kit to take care of the majority of the bugs that are already present in the bed. Wash all the linen in a strong detergent using hot water. For the mattress, rent a steam cleaner that will emit a steady flow of steam that is at least two hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Steam the mattress on both the top and bottom as well as all four sides. From there, you can use the cleaning agents in the bed bug kit to make a final sweep on the mattress surfaces.
Once you have eliminated as many of the bed bugs as possible, it’s time to place the encasement into position. Unfold the encasement and slide the end of the mattress into the shell. Continue feeding the shell over the entire mattress. Pull the material taut once the mattress is inside the shell. From there, use the zipper to seal the shell or follow the manufacturer instructions to complete the air tight seal.
What are the Benefits?
One of the main advantages of bed bug mattress encasements is that the devices prevent air from getting into the mattress. This means that any bugs still buried in the center of the mattress will be unable to survive. In addition, any eggs residing in the bed will also be killed. From this perspective, the encasement means that nothing is going to creep out of the mattress center and begin to bite you or your loved ones again.
Typically, manufacturers recommend leaving an encasement on the mattress for at least one calendar year. That is ample time to kill off any bed bugs that may be lingering in the mattress body. After the year has passed, you can break the seal and remove the encasement. If there were still a few bedbugs in the depths of the mattress when you first placed the shell on the mattress, you may see the remains of them on the top or in the encasement proper. Before placing a new encasement on the bed, steam clean the mattress again to remove any lingering residue. If you are fairly sure that the bugs are completely gone, you can skip the new encasement and dress the bed as you normally would.