Bed bugs earned their name from where they’re most commonly found: on or near your bed. They like to hide in little seams and crevices on your mattress, box spring, pillows, and bed frame. Many people who discover they have bed bugs are tempted to throw their bed out, but their new bed is just as likely to get bed bugs in it. The better solution is to use a bed bug proof mattress cover to replace many of those hiding places with a single smooth surface.
We’ve offered SafeRest encasements for years, and have seen great success in using them as part of our bed bug treatment and prevention solutions. SafeRest bed bug encasements cover your mattress, box spring, or pillows, and prevent bed bugs from getting in or out thanks to some clever design features. Read on as we explore how these encasements work, and whether or not they’re the right choice for your needs.
How Bed Bug Covers Work
SafeRest encasements were designed and built with bed bug protection in mind. The patented micro zipper runs along three sides of the mattress for easy installation and removal. The teeth on the zipper are so small and close together that even the smallest bed bug nymphs can’t get in or out. At the end of the zipper is SafeRest’s patented 360-degree velcro enclosure, which seals off the end of the zipper and prevents it from accidentally pulling back. With this enclosure in place, there will be no openings for bed bugs to gain access to the mattress.
While many mattress cover brands claim to stop bed bugs, SafeRest can actually prove it. They sent their encasements to Snell Scientific Institute for testing with live bed bugs. Multiple tests proved that bed bugs cannot get in or out of an encased mattress, and can’t feed on a person through the encasement. That testing report is available here if you’re up for a bit of light reading.
Installing the mattress and box spring encasements is pretty simple, but you might need the help of a second person since it involves lifting the mattress from the bed. Start by stripping all of the bedding, like sheets and pillows. removing the encasement from its packaging. Remove the mattress from the bed frame and lean it upright against the wall. Unzip the encasement on all three sides and wrap the short end over the top of the standing mattress. Now you can pull the encasement down so that the mattress is covered on both sides, then close the zipper up. Be sure to use that velcro enclosure to seal off the end of the zipper.
The bed bug covers themselves are exceptionally well made. Every component was chosen by SafeRest so that the product line could live up to that “premium” name. The sleeping surface is cotton terry cloth, which is naturally absorbent, completely noiseless, and soft to the touch. Under that surface is a breathable, hypoallergenic waterproof membrane layer. This layer blocks bed bugs, fluid spills and bacteria from reaching the mattress while still allowing air to flow through, which helps keep you cool as you sleep. The design also won’t change the feel of your mattress, and it won’t rustle and stir underneath you like a lot of older cover designs might.
SafeRest’s Premium line includes mattress encasements, box spring encasements, pillow encasements, and crib mattress encasements. Every encasement in the lineup is breathable, hypoallergenic, completely noiseless, and proven to stop bed bugs from getting in or out of the encased item. These bed bug covers are something everyone needs as part of making a bed bug proof bed, and are an essential part of our proven 4-step treatment solution. The added protection against fluid spills, bacteria, dust mites, and other allergens is a cherry on top that makes these covers a must-have.