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How To Find A Bed Bug Mattress Cover That Works

Updated on August 22, 2011

Scientifically Proven & Specifically Designed Mattress Cover for Protection from Bed Bugs

All Bed Bug Mattress Covers Are Not Created Equal

If your home has become infested with bed bugs or is at risk of getting them, a bed bug mattress cover can help in your battle against these horrible little insects. The common belief that bed bugs only live in dirty, unkempt homes is a myth. The truth is that bed bugs will live anywhere there is a food source – that means even in the cleanest home on the planet. Bed bug infestations are at epidemic levels in the United States, and these rates are set to double this year. It is estimated that one in twenty homes currently has a bed bug problem.

Most exterminators agree the number one defense for the prevention of bed bugs is covering your bed with a bed bug mattress cover. The complex interior of a mattress and box spring offer the perfect hiding spots for bed bugs within the springs, coils, wooden frames, foam, and fabric. This provides the bed bugs to hide unseen deep inside your bed's interior. A mattress cover for bed bugs will eliminate their best hiding spot and keep these nasty little buggers out of your bed.

There are two ways to use a bed bug mattress cover. Firstly, it can be used as a preventive measure against the pests. With a pad, it is very easy to spot bed bugs on the plain white background of the cover. If no cover is present on the bedding, the average time it takes to identify a bed bug problem is three to six months. The longer a bed bug infestation is present, the longer and more expensive the extermination process will be.

Secondly, a bed bug mattress protector is a necessity to use during the bed bug treatment process when they are already present in your home. Once bed bug encasements are installed, it will eliminate the bed begs from inhabiting inside your bedding, which will often eliminate the problem on its own. More severe infestations will likely need the aid of powders, sprays, or traps to control as well.

Below, we will discuss what you should consider when purchasing covers, how to install them properly, and how to maintain them.

How To Find The Right Bed Bug Mattress Pad For You

There are four main concerns when it comes to choosing a bed bug mattress cover.

  1. Waterproof fabric - Vinyl and polyurethane lined are the two choices. Vinyl covers have a tendency to be hot when slept on and can also be noisy when moving around in bed. Polyurethane lined covers are breathable and will not be noisy to sleep on.

  2. Bed bug bite proof fabric – Cheap covers are often not bite proof, meaning that the bugs inside will still be able to feed on you through the material.

  3. Zipper teeth – The size of the zipper teeth on the cover must be small. Teeth that are too large allow for bed bugs to gain access to the mattress.

  4. Zipper stop – The end of a zipper is also of great importance. A zipper stopping short of the actual end will allow for easy access to the interior.

All bed and box spring covers are not created equally. This is why I recommend only choosing bed bug mattress encasements that have been scientifically proven to be bed bug-proof and bite-proof. The three main brands I have found to have passed clinical studies are AllerZip, Luna, and Sleep Safe. If you want to shop online in the privacy and comfort of your own home, Amazon carries these brands at prices that are often 50% lower than you see in stores.

Be sure to measure the area of the bed, including the box spring because these should be covered separately. Also be sure to measure the depth of your mattress and box spring to ensure a correct fit. Covers are sold in various sizes, and there should be no problem finding the size you need whether it is California King or crib sized.

How to Install and Maintain Bed Bug Mattress Protectors

  • Cover any sharp edges on the bed frame with duct tape or with double sided foam material. This will prevent tears, premium covers will come with a tear proof guarantee

  • Slide the cover on from the bottom up and make sure to completely secure the zipper in place.

  • Never remove the cover, removing the cover defeats the purpose of it, covers are waterproof, and if they become stained, they can be washed by hand and left on.

People tend to forget about pillows when protecting their bedding from bed bugs. These also should be covered to keep bed bugs and other allergens out. For the most comfort, you will want a bed bug pillowcase that is made from a breathable fabric and has a polyurethane lining. This type of case will not get as hot as one made from vinyl and will not crinkle.

The best bed bug mattress cover that I have found for sale online with the most positive reviews is the Allerzip Waterproof Bed Bug Proof Zippered Bedding Encasement. With a polyurethane backing, it will not be hot to sleep on. Plus, it is waterproof, zippered on three sides for easy installation, is made from bed bug bite-proof fabric, and has a sewn-in zipper gap protection area. Not only is this brand case certified against bed bugs, but is will also keep dust mites and allergens out of box springs and mattresses. For further information on how to save almost 50% of the retail price and to receive free shipping, Click Here

Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bug Covers

Can I just use a plastic lined mattress cover?

Short answer, no. These do not offer protection from bed bugs and can actually be worse than having no cover at all as they provide a good place for them to hide.

Can I be bit by a bed bug through the mattress cover?

If the material used is not bed bug-proof then, yes, you can be bitten. This is why I only recommend covers that have undergone clinical studies.

Can a bed bug cover be removed and washed?

Yes and no. If you have a bed bug problem, then absolutely not. If your home has been bed bug free for more than three months, then it could be removed and washed. However, it is not something that is recommended unless absolutely necessary.

Do I still need a bed bug mattress cover if I bought a new bed?

Absolutely. Bed bugs will often inhabit other areas of the room and will surely make their way into your new mattress if there is no cover.

How do I dispose of a bed infested with bed bugs?

You do not need to throw the bed away. A certified mattress cover will lock any bed bugs inside the mattress leaving them to die. If you have no other option, bed bug disposal bags can be purchased or the bedding can be wrapped completely in duct tape as suggested by the EPA.

Why do I get hot when sleeping on my bed with a bed bug mattress cover?

It is likely you are sleeping on a bed bug mattress cover that is made from vinyl. Vinyl covers trap your body heat between the sheets, while polyurethane lined covers are a breathable option that will keep air circulating, thus keeping you cool.

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