Since the favorite hiding spot for bed bugs is, well, the bed…
many people ask if they will need to throw out their mattress in order to completely be rid of their new neighbor, Mr. and Mrs. Bed bug.
This usually depends on the condition of the mattress, as well as the size of the infestation.
If there are any holes or tears in the mattress, there may be eggs hiding inside.
In this case, your safest bet would be to toss your mattress.
Since the resurgence of bed bugs, many mattress manufacturers provide “Bed Bug Certified” mattresses and box spring encasement’s which are said to be impermeable to bugs, as well as dust mites, mold and bacteria.
If you have a bed bug infestation, first consult a professional and ask their advice.
Then, you may want to consider getting a certified mattress encasement.
This is different from a mattress cover, as the cover just goes over your mattress, while the encasement zips entirely around it.
In theory, it seals up the inside – meaning no bugs are getting in or out. Eventually, the bugs that still live inside will die off because they have no food source.
However, this can take at least six months, and up to eighteen in extreme cases (remember, they’re tenacious little guys!)
Mattress encasement’s can be found in fabric or vinyl.
Fabric is typically much more comfortable and sturdier than vinyl.
Vinyl is easier to wash, won’t stain, and is generally cheaper. However, it also tears fairly easily and is not as comfortable.
The bottom line about bed bug mattress covers are that, if you’re just buying it as a precaution to protect your mattress, it is probably a good idea.
If you already have a bed bug infestation, you are only trapping them but not really getting rid of them.
So, you still don’t completely have the peace of mind that the bed bugs are eliminated, even if they’re trapped.
I guess it depends on how attached you are to your mattress!
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