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Bed Bug Mattress Encasements Guide

Whether you’re operating a dormitory, 5 star hotel, or healthcare facility, bed bug infestations can happen at any time without warning. These tiny blood-thirsty pests are difficult to treat and can damage the reputation that you’ve worked so hard to earn. Act proactively, ensure sanitation, and allow your guests to sleep tight by investing in protective bedding. Our selection of bed bug mattress encasements and box spring encasements, pillow encasements, sprays, and powders will provide you with what you need to keep your establishment bed bug free!

Who's Affected by Bed Bugs?

Having been around for centuries, bed bug infestations were once under control due to the use of intense pesticides. But as we've become aware of the harmful side effects these chemicals have on our health and environment, we’ve resorted to other means of pest control such as traps and various pest control products; however, bed bugs thirst on human blood and are not attracted to traps, glues, and zappers, which means bed bugs are again on the rise.

Bed Bug

I keep my establishment clean, so I don’t have to worry about bed bugs, right? Unfortunately, due to increase in international travel, these pests are catching a ride on luggage, clothing, and other personal items, hitchhiking their way back to residential homes, dorm rooms, hotels, and other overnight facilities. Many establishments try to prevent bed bug contamination with personal belongings by providing rooms and residents with luggage racks to keep luggage off possibly infested carpeting and floors; however, not all establishments provide these racks, and not all residents will use them. So regardless of an establishment’s efforts and cleanliness, bed bugs can and will infest any environment. However, bed bugs are attracted to clutter because it allows them to hide in tiny crevices similar to the wrinkles found in our bed sheets. While the level of a facility’s sanitation may not spark an infestation, it will impact the ability to control or eliminate it. Anyone is at risk; and that’s why it is extremely important to protect your mattresses, box springs, and pillows with our selection of bed bug encasements and other supplies.

Mattress, Box Spring, and Pillow Encasements

JT Eaton 81QUENC Premium Queen Size Bed Bug Proof Mattress Cover

One of the most effective ways of not only treating bed bug infestations, but preventing them as well, is to furnish your beds with bed bug mattress encasements, box spring encasements, and pillow encasements. By encasing the box spring, mattress, and pillow, it is now virtually impossible for bed bugs to enter or escape due to the encasement’s design.

An encasement completely covers the top, bottom, and sides of your box spring or mattress. This design keeps any existing bugs you may have trapped inside the encasement, cutting them off from access to blood –their primary survival source. It also keeps any other bugs that may be hiding on bed rails, carpet, luggage, or other items in the room from entering the mattress or box spring. As outside bed bugs try to infest your mattress, the mattresses encasement makes these small, flat, brownish colored pests more noticeable than they would be on your bed sheets. Simply place the encasement over your mattress and leave it there long term. Your hotel sheets, bed sheets, or other blankets and covers can then be placed directly on top.

Not only are encasements a reactive method for treating bed bug infestations, they’re also the most trusted method for preventing them. By immediately purchasing encasements for your bed sets before use, you are protecting your establishment in the long run, because the longer an infestation goes without being noticed and treated, the harder and more expensive it is to exterminate the issue. Besides the difficulty of treating an infestation, any word of bed bugs in your facility wreaks havoc on your reputation. Bed bugs are an issue and are one of the first things guests look for when reading reviews and searching for an overnight venue. With this in mind, finding the most effective encasement can be a difficult task.

What Makes a Good Mattress Encasement?

Bargoose Elite Zippered Bed Bug Proof Long Twin Mattress Encasement

The market offers various different bed bug mattress encasements, but just because it may say “Bed Bug Proof” on the label doesn’t mean it really is. There are many factors to consider and research when in the market for your bed bug protection products.

  • Bite-Proof. The material must be thick enough so that bugs cannot feed through the material and break through the encasement.

  • Escape-Proof. The encasement must not have any openings, large seams, or other ways for bugs to get in or out once installed.

  • Zipper type. This is critical because immature bed bugs can easily weave their way through the teeth of larger zippers, even when it’s closed, escaping the confines of the encasement.

  • Zipper end stop. It’s crucial to find an encasement with some type of locking system to ensure the zipper is tightly and completely sealed shut, because again, bugs can crawl through the gap that’s commonly left between the zipper and the fabric.

  • Strong scientific data. Some companies, such as Bargoose, provide test results upon request for proof that their products are actually bed bug proof.

  • Material. The type of material will provide you with the bite-proof and escape-proof qualities you’re looking for. We carry all high-quality materials; therefore, the material type depends on the durability level you’re looking for, and the type of venue you have.

Material Composition

Bed bug encasements are usually composed of vinyl or fabric, generally polyester or terry cloth. Bargoose and J T Eaton & Co are two popular vendors we carry that offer you the best in bed bug protection. Bringing you state of the art zipper end stops, optimum comfort, and durability, your guests can rest assured knowing they're protected from the dreaded bed bug. The type of establishment you’re looking to furnish will help you decide which material is most appropriate for your needs.

Material Composition
Best for Use In What Environments?
How to Care/Clean
Other Benefits/Selling Features
Vinyl
Rugged environments:

  • Dormitories
  • Overnight Camps
  • Hospitals
Wipe clean with damp rag
  • Flame-retardant
  • Dust allergen proof
  • Waterproof
  • Antimicrobial treated
Fabric

Higher end, luxurious environments:

  • Hotels
  • Resort and Spas
  • Personal Home Use
Machine washable
  • Flame-retardant
  • Dust allergen proof
  • Waterproof
  • Stretchable
  • Breathable

Good, Better, Best

Encasements of certain vendors we carry are categorized on a good, better, best scale. Bed bug proof mattress encasements from Bargoose are divided into three types: vinyl, hybrid, and elite.

Good, Better, Best Scale Benefits
  • Economical and durable vinyl material composition, ideal for more rugged environments
  • Brushed silk finish
  • Electronically sealed seams
  • Patented Bug Stop seal
  • Rust-proof, self-locking zippers
  • Tested and certified bed bug proof; results available upon request
  • Lush, comfortable 100% polyester knit material composition for more luxurious environments
  • Breathable 1 mil urethane barrier on top and half way down sides
  • Stretches to fit mattresses 9” to 15” deep
  • Patented Bug Stop seal
  • Rust-proof, self-locking zippers
  • Tested and certified bed bug proof; results available upon request
  • Lush, comfortable 100% polyester knit material composition for more luxurious environments
  • Breathable 1 mil urethane barrier on all six sides
  • Size specific to fit mattresses 9”, 12”, and 16” deep
  • Patented Bug Stop seal
  • Rust-proof, self-locking zippers
  • Tested and certified bed bug proof; results available upon request

Powders and Sprays

JT Eaton 203 7 oz. Bed Bugs and Crawling Insects Powder

In addition to bed bug proof mattress encasements, there are various powders and sprays that give you additional backup forces to fight these pests. J T Eaton & Co is a reputable company known for providing excellent products for preventing, fighting, and eliminating not only bed bugs, but other crawling insects and pests such as ants and fleas. JT Eaton 203 7 oz. Bed Bugs and Crawling Insects Powder is a strong powder with diatomaceous earth serving as its active ingredient. This powerful powder can be sprinkled directly on pests or on other surfaces, and it kills all bugs, particularly exoskeleton insects, in their tracks, yet it’s safe for human contact so
you, your employees, and guests do not have to worry about harmful side effects.

JT Eaton 207-W Water Based Bed Bug Spray - 1 Qt.

JT Eaton 207-W Water Based Bed Bug Spray - 1 Qt. is another insect killer from J T Eaton & Co that is available in a convenient spray bottle. Apply this water-based spray to surfaces as a spot and crack crevice treatment so you know you’re reaching every nook and cranny. Or, like JT Eaton 203 7 oz. Bed Bugs and Crawling Insects Powder, it can be sprayed directly on the insect for immediate results! Be sure to provide the most sanitary, safe, comfortable, and inviting environment for your guests in your hotel, spa, dormitory, apartment complex, campsite, or other establishment! Be sure to act proactively with our selection of bed bug encasements and other supplies from Bargoose and J T Eaton & Co. Also, be sure to check out our other pest control products including air curtains, crawling insect control products, flying insect control products and bug zappers, and rodent control products!

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