Bed Bug Mattress Encasement & Box Spring Covers; How They Work, Product Testing & More

Bed bug encasements are used as a proactive tool before a bed bug infestation begins. To help prevent bed bugs infestations in beds in the event they are introduced, the encasement of the mattress and box spring will significantly assistant in detection as well. Bed bugs are unable to get inside the mattress and box spring once it is properly encased. With restricted movement to the smooth surface, they are readily detected during a visual inspection. Where these insects are able to take rest on the exterior of the encasement, they cannot infest the interior of the mattress or the box spring.

How Do Bed Bug Mattress Encasements Work?

Playing an important role in assisting in the elimination of the bed bug infestation, encasements expedite the process and make it less of a challenge. These products are proven to be a simple yet effective method for dealing with bed bugs as well as preventing migrating bugs from re-infesting the mattress and box springs. They also assist in the follow up visits of professionals, having to only inspect the smooth surface of the encasement, as opposed to the careful examination of the coils, padding, piping, and other associations of the mattress and box spring.

Where Are Bed Bug Mattress Covers Used?

Encasements are ideally used to protect new beds that have been recently purchased to replace older beds that have been discarded from a previous infestation. Because bed bugs are not limited to infesting the bed, without professional and thorough extermination, bed bugs are likely still in the structure. Encasements are also ideally used in applications where public use is common, such as dorms, hotels, motels, lodgings, and so on.

Can Bed Bugs Bite Through or Escape from Bed Bug Encasements?

Though there are extensive bed bug encasements on the market, many of them are prone to failure and cannot stand up to the challenge of bed bugs. Using an encasement that is ineffective is worse than not using one at all as it gives people a false sense of security and can actually protect the bed bug’s survival. In order for the bed bug encasement to be efficiently effective it must be escape proof, meaning that bed bugs are not able get in or out. It must also be bit proof, implying that bed bugs are incapable of chewing their way through the material to feed.

Do Bed Bug Encasements Always Work?

Once the encasements are installed, they shouldn’t have reason to be removed. They are now, instead, viewed as the new exterior of the mattress and box spring. To protect the encasement from staining, fitted sheets and/or mattress pads that can be laundered should also be used. Additionally, bed bug covers are only effective as long as they are not compromised in any way, such as being ripped, worn, or torn. Generally, the zipper and where the box spring rubs against the bed frame are the most vulnerable areas of the encasements. Various bed frames could have sharp edges, protrusions, bolts, and other implements that may damage the encasement when it gets rubbed. Reinforcing the encasement is ideal or encouraging consumers to add extra padding on the box spring to ensure the effectiveness is ideal as well.

Bed Bug Mattress & Box Spring Encasement Testing

When Snell Scientifics, LLC tests your bed bug encasement designs. We put it through a wide range of testing, designed to prevent bed bugs, dust mites, and allergens. A three-stage level of testing for bed bugs confirms that they cannot escape through zipper or zipper closure, the eggs cannot pass through the teeth of the zipper and the bed bugs cannot feed through the material. We then focus on the fabric, zipper and zipper closure for containment ability concerning the allergens and dust mites. With two traditional methods, we perform the bead agitation method and the vacuum method the ensure the effectiveness of the encasement and report the necessary data to back up the results. Contact us for all your pest product development and design testing!


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