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Bed Bug Mattress Encasements: FAQs

Why do you recommend encasing a mattress and box spring?

Encasement keeps bed bugs from infesting your mattress and box spring. This makes inspection easier and reduces the amount of treatment that needs to be done to them. Also, tears and  deep crevices in your mattress and box spring can provide bed bugs with a refuge from treatment.

Can I remove the encasement?

We don’t recommend removing it unless absolutely necessary. Bed bugs can survive at least one year without food, so when it is removed, any bed bugs on the mattress or box spring will  reinfest your living area.

Do I need to use bed sheets?

Yes, the encasement was not designed to be slept upon without the use of sheets.

Is there any maintenance that needs to be performed on these encasements?

Yes, please check them every month or two for evidence of bed bugs. At the same time, check the zipper to ensure that it is closed completely. After traveling, check encasement weekly for  about a month. When checking your encasement, please take care not to tear the material or any of the seams.

My encasement is damaged. What can I do?

The only way to be sure your encasement does not allow bed bugs to pass through is to have an undamaged encasement that is properly zipped closed. A damaged encasement needs to be replaced.

Why do I have pieces of felt along with my encasement?

Applying these helps keep the encasement from being damaged by the bed frame. Apply them on any edges that contact the encasement and any areas that apply pressure to the  encasement. Common pressure points include bolts that press against the encasement. The zipper is completely closed! An open encasement means bugs escape!

Installing An Encasement

To properly install an encasement, please follow the directions below. Please make sure you are able to handle your mattress and box spring without injury. You may need help from a friend for larger beds.

1. Stand the mattress or box springs vertically against the wall.

2. Remove the encasement from its packaging and drape it over the mattress or box springs. The end of the encasement without the zipper should be lined up over the end of the mattress or box springs that is closest to the ceiling.

3. Straighten the encasement so that the zipper seam runs from about 2 o’clock on the mattress to 10 o’clock, along the sides of the mattress. The top (from 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock) should be the portion that does not have a zipper.

4. Zip it closed, making sure that nothing gets caught in the zipper. Make sure you pull the zipper snug. The encasement should have come with some zip ties. Take one of these and loop it around the small hole in the zipper and the loop next to the end of the zipper and zip tie closed.

5. Lay the mattress down gently on the bed frame. Make sure you have applied the pieces of felt, as described above. Do not slide the mattress or box spring in place - this could cause the  encasement to tear.

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