Bed bug mattress covers – are they effective?

Bed bugs are definitely a nightmare. Although there are many ways to eliminate bed bugs, don’t you think prevention is better than cure? The good news is there are various products that can prevent the infestation of pests, the most popular of which is a bed bug mattress cover.

Learn how it works and find out if this is effective in protecting you against bed bugs and their annoying bites.

How does it work?

A bed bug cover or a mattress encasement is a tightly woven case that encases your mattress, box springs or pillows to keep the bugs from infesting them. This means all the bed bugs trapped inside the encasement are unable to penetrate the barrier of the cover, causing them to die and unable to breed.

For ease and convenience, bed bug mattress covers are machine washable and go into the dryer. It can also be sun dried, though this may cause the cover to turn yellow. Don’t worry since this will not affect the protective capabilities. Just make sure not to use bleach or any bleach alternatives when washing the mattress cover.

Is it the best solution for bed bugs?

The answer is no. In fact, bed bugs can still get on top of the mattress cover or your bed frame or reside somewhere else in your room and breed. However, its biggest advantage is the ability to trap the existing bed bugs and disable them from multiplying.

If your home is free from bed bugs, then a bed bug mattress cover can offer protection against these pests.