Have you ever sat down and thought about the money you’re putting into your home. You are probably well aware of that monthly mortgage, but what about all those other little, hidden expenses? The occasion repair, upkeep, and materials here and there. You’re spending a fortune! Not to worry because it is money well spent. If you take care of your home, it’ll take care of you while being one of the best and wisest investments you’ll ever make. That being said, it doesn’t make sense to sock all this money into the home and then leave yourself wide open for potential creature invasion. That’s exactly what you’ve been doing if you haven’t been utilizing bed bug
Bed Bug Mattress Covers
Anyone that hasn’t been utilizing bed bug
mattress covers might as well just been leaving their front doors unlocked and open. You would never willingly allow intruders the opportunity to come into your home, steal your things, and harm your family. Bed bugs might not hurt your family and they won’t carry off your belongings, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be destructive. Some people become so mentally overwhelmed with these creatures that they find themselves unable to sleep in the infected areas for fear of being bitten or fed on.
Given that 90 percent of bed bug infestations take place in the mattress, it only makes sense to utilize these products. Bed bugs mattress covers are products that were specifically designed to cover your mattress, protect you, prevent bed bugs infestations, and help you sleep easier at night.
What Are Bed Bug Mattress Protectors?
Bed bug mattress protectors, bed bug cover, bed bug toppers, or encasements. You’ll hear and see these products referred to by a variety of names. However, they all work with the same common theory in mind. That theory is to trap existing bed bugs in the mattress while preventing new ones from inhabiting. Sounds simple enough, right? If only, unfortunately, there is much more to these products than that. First, look at the product itself. A bed bug topper is like a big sophisticated sandwich bag. It covers your mattress, fully encasing it.
Each topper usually includes some sort of zipper system or mechanism that adds durability to the product and helps ensure a good seal. Some of the better products will even include zipper seals, but you’ll learn more about that later on. These products prevent bed bugs that are already in the mattress from escaping and feeding on you while you’re sleeping. They also prevent new bed bugs from taking up residence in the mattress, as they so commonly do. Without the ability to feed, bed bugs can start dying out in as little as two weeks.
Choosing The Right Bed Bug Mattress Topper
It doesn’t matter if you refer to these products as bed bug encasements, toppers, protectors, or whatever. What matters is, you choose a quality product that serves its purposes. Unfortunately, this is going to be much harder than one might imagine, with all the available designs and manufacturers. This is why it pays to know exactly what qualities to look for in these products.
Does It Fully Encase The Mattress?
Just like a sandwich bag, a bed bug encasement must fully surround your mattress to protect it to the fullest. You have to remember, the main theory of these products is to trap the bug inside, preventing them from escaping. A topper that doesn’t fully cover the mattress will not be able to do this. This is without a doubt the first thing you’ll want to consider when choosing a mattress. All that being said, this is usually just as easy as choosing a topper to match the appropriate size of your mattress. If the whole process was this easy.
Does It Provide A Proper Seal?
The topper can fully cover the mattress, but if it doesn’t provide a proper seal, it’s going to be useless. As has already been mentioned, the theory here is to trap the bugs inside. Without a proper seal, the product cannot do this. This is why the best encasement products will not only include a durable zipper mechanism, but they’ll also include a zipper seal. This is a system or a strip of sealer built onto the topper that covers the zipper and teeth once the product has been fully zipped up. It adds an extra layer of sealing to the entire encasement.
Has It Been Tested?
Just because something looks good on paper or in the factory, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll work in the field. This is why you have to make sure the product you are choosing has been tested. Most of these products offered by quality manufacturers will have been extensively tested in the field.
Is It Full Of Toxins?
Unfortunately, these encasement products are usually designed with plastic or some sort of similar material. While this isn’t a major deal, plastics are sometimes designed with toxic materials. You are going to be sleeping with these products, so you’ll want to make sure they are toxin-free. It might even be a good idea to set them up and let them air out two or three days before applying them. You can also choose products that have been designed without the aid of such materials.
How Effective Of Bed Bug Encasements?
By now, this is probably the most important question on everyone’s mind. The concept of bed bug mattress toppers makes sense. However, that doesn’t mean they’ll all work. There are a lot of factors that will determine how effective the products are. Just because some people say these products don’t work or are ineffective, it might have nothing to do with the product at all. It could be the installation. A slight tear, a tiny rip, or an improper installation could make these products ineffective. This is why there are some negative accusations attached to these products.
This is why it also pays to turn to the pros when it comes to mattress toppers. A good, quality professional will not only help you choose the best mattress toppers for your home but he or she can go as far as to make sure they are properly installed. When installed properly, these products are not only a good way to kill bed bugs, but they are one of the best prevention methods available.
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