The quality of the mattress encasement is very important – the higher the quality of materials from which it is made, the more efficient it will be, and the longer it will last. Bed bugs can live for over a year, so the mattress encasement must be made to last the lifespan of the mattress. Make sure it is specially designed for bed bugs, is sturdy and well-made in a dense fabric.
Some mattress encasements are made from fabrics that tend to crinkle and create noise when you move in bed, and these should be avoided as they can interfere with and disturb your sleep. Polyurethane protectors are a good choice for a comfortable, non-rustling encasement.
Most of the mattress encasements on the market are waterproof and not only prevent and control bedbugs, but also protect the mattress from accidental leaks and spills.
While bed bugs can’t bite through fabric, bed bug mattress encasements are made from dense, very tightly-woven fabric to prevent the pests from getting into the mattress or from escaping if already there. The impenetrable material causes the trapped bugs to starve and die.
Bed bug-proof mattress covers have zippers to secure the encasement around the mattress box, and these zippers must be bug-proof and have very small teeth to prevent the bugs from getting through.
When shopping for a bed bug encasement, it is advisable to select one with a warranty as if you have any issues with the product, you can return it. A warranty might add a bit more to the price but is worth the guarantee of a high-quality product.