There is no expense too extravagant for the defense of your home. Just think about how much you’ve already socked into your home or how much you will by the time it’s’ paid for. It’ll probably feel like you’ve already dumped a fortune into it after a measly 20 years. The mortgage payments alone are enough, but this doesn’t even include maintenance and repair. Simply put, a home is expensive, so why take chances when it comes to its defenses? Plus, by not arming yourself to the fullest, you are risking your family. It may not seem like it, but one of the biggest threats homeowners face today are bed bugs. That’s where the bed bug
mattress topper can help!
Bed Bug Mattress Covers
Not utilizing a bed bug
mattress cover is the equivalent of sleeping with your doors and windows unlocked. Heck, you might as well open them up! It’s dangerous and not in the fun kind of way. You would never give intruders the chance to come into your home and take advantage of your family, so why give bed bugs the opportunity? That’s exactly what you are doing or have been doing if you haven’t been utilizing bed bug mattress covers. A bed bug mattress cover is specifically designed to encase your mattress and lock in bed bugs while also preventing new ones from taking up residence there.
New reports and studies show that bed bugs can only go two weeks without feeding. After this, they’ll die. Given that mattresses and box springs along with the bedroom are the chosen residence for bed bugs, it only makes sense to take advantage of these covers.
What Is A Bed Bug Mattress Protector?
Over the course of dealing with bed bugs, you’ll hear these products referred to by a variety of names. Some people will call them bed bugs encasements, while some will refer to them as bed bug mattress protectors. Some might even refer to them as bed bug mattress toppers. What you need to know is they are all talking about the same product. Maybe designed differently, but the same product in theory. A large, removable sheet of fabric that fits perfectly and tightly around your mattress, fully encasing it.
Almost like a large sandwich bag. Each one of these protectors will also have a zipper mechanism, similar to that of sandwich bags. The only difference is the one for the protector should be much more durably designed. The theory is to lock the bed bugs inside and prevent them from escaping so they can’t get out and feed while also preventing new bugs from burrowing into the mattress. These products are not only an effective means of bed bug elimination but they can be utilized effectively as a means of prevention.
Choosing The Right Mattress Cover For Bed Bugs
One of the reasons these products are referred to by a wide range of names is because there are so many designs, makes, and models available. These products have proven effective time and time again, leading pest management firms and protector manufacturers from all around to get in on the lucrative market. What this means is, you’ll have more than one choice to choose from when you go shopping for your new protector. This only increases the need for knowing what properties to look for when choosing a product.
Does It Fully Encase?
The first quality you want to look at is the size of the mattress protector. There are a variety of sizes available, and you want to make sure you choose one that suits your mattress perfectly. This is as simple as choosing a queen-sized topper for a queen-sized mattress. If the protector doesn’t fully encase the mattress it isn’t going to work as it should.
Does The Mattress Protector Properly Seal?
A good, quality mattress topper must also seal. This one is key, as the main goal of the product is to trap bugs inside and prevent them from escaping while also preventing new ones from moving in. You can likely see the importance of this quality. As was mentioned earlier, these products come installed with zipper mechanisms. You’ll want to make sure the zipper mechanism functions fully and durably. Look for reinforced seams and strip seals. Many quality protector manufacturers also include strip seals that go over the zipper once it is zipped up, giving the entire product an extra layer of protection.
Tried And Tested?
Plenty of things have looked good on paper but have failed in the field. Many bed bug protectors are no different. This is why you must choose a design and model that has been tried and tested in the field. The best quality toppers will have been put through a variety of strenuous field tests.
Are The Products Toxin-Free?
Bed bug protectors are usually out of plastic or some similar material. There is nothing wrong with this, but these materials can be constructed by hazardous materials. In addition to this, some manufacturers also use pesticides in conjunction with these toppers to give them an extra edge. You have to remember, you are going to be sleeping with these products. Ones designed with chemicals and pesticides could be dangerous. It might even be a good idea to buy the topper and let it air out for a few days before installing it around your mattress.
Do Bed Bug Mattress Protectors Work?
Here comes the real question that everyone is asking and wants to be answered. Unfortunately, the answer can be a bit tricky, and this is because there are so many things that can go wrong. Yes, these products are effective and will eliminate bed bugs. However, there are several things that can easily go wrong and ruin the efficiency of these products. A simple tear, a rip, a malfunctioning zipper mechanism, or an improper installation. All of these things could make these products ineffective.
Regardless, this is why this is a job best left for the pros. Our offices can help you choose the best protectors for your home while also installing them for you. We’ll make sure you and your family are protected to the fullest. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call!