While plastic bed bug mattress covers have benefits, they will not kill bed bug infestations entirely, nor do they offer 100% protection from bed bugs and their bites.
Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not deterred by mattress covers. Bed bugs can climb and when they are hungry, they will find a way to get to you, whether you have a mattress cover or not.
The advantage to using a bed bug mattress cover is that it traps bed bugs living in your mattress, preventing them from biting you. A mattress cover won’t stop bed bugs that are hiding elsewhere from biting. Bed bugs will hide in any nook or cranny (such as carved headboards and furniture, cracks in drywall and carpeting) during the day and slink out to bite you at night. Using a mattress cover may reduce the number of bites you get if your bed bug infestation is centered in your mattress, however.
Another benefit to using a bed bug mattress cover is that when used proactively, it can save your bed. If bed bugs can’t exit, they can’t enter either. If your mattress is bed bug-free before you cover it, a bed bug mattress cover will offer protection from bed bugs in the event you are hit with a bed bug infestation.
If you’re unable to replace a mattress infested with bed bugs, you can also use a bed bug mattress cover to salvage it. Since bed bugs cannot survive more than 18 months without a meal, if you leave your bed bug mattress cover on long enough, it will kill bed bugs living in it, making it safe once again.
If you’re planning to buy a mattress cover, make sure you get one specifically designed to be a bed bug mattress cover or it may not offer proper protection from bed bugs.
Remember, bed bug mattress covers are only a partial solution. They offer short-term protection from bed bugs and are best used in conjunction with a service to kill bed bugs. If you have a bed bug infestation in your home, call Magical Pest Control at (905) 738-6676 or use our online contact form to schedule an inspection.