When purchasing a mattress cover, look for a product that meets strict standards for bed bug prevention. A good quality waterproof mattress cover will prevent bugs from entering and can slow down the growth of the infestation. These covers are easy to use and often come with a micro-zipper that closes the entire way.
Bed bugs are attracted to mattresses and box springs and can hide in other parts of the room, including nightstands, wall hangings, electronics, and pillowcases. When bedbugs are present, they lay eggs in these areas. In order to keep them from breeding, you should change your mattress protectors and covers every seven to 10 years.
The best mattress encasement must fit snugly over your mattress and box spring. The zipper should be tightly closed so that bed bugs cannot squeeze through the cover and escape. Make sure that the zippers are tightly woven and have no gaps or tears. Make sure to regularly check the zipper for tears or other damage.
If you suspect that your mattress is infested, dispose of it properly. There are disposal bags available to properly dispose of the infested mattress. Then, seal the bags and place them in an outdoor trashcan. It can take up to two weeks to clear up a bedbug infestation. Professional bedbug treatment is usually more effective than at-home remedies.