Choosing an Encasement Fabric must be bite-proof to prevent the bugs from feeding through the material. Encasements must cover the entire mattress/box spring. The encasement must seal tightly with no openings, gaps, or tears that bed bugs might escape through.
Quick Overview. ActiveGuard Mattress Liner is a bed bug protective encasement made of a mesh material that can be used on various types of mattresses. The mattress liner is used to eliminate bed bugs and dust mites. Liners have no offensive odor and are effective for up to 2 years.
When inside a completely airtight container, they can live for up to 5 days. And of course, if there’s even the smallest hole in the container, this will provide them with enough air to live on. Mattress encasements are not airtight. They’re usually made of a breathable material such as cotton.
Bed bugs are resilient to cold temperatures and adults may survive for up to a year without feeding and nymphs up to three months without taking a blood meal. Even when dormant, cold temperatures reach a point where bed bugs do not survive.
For platform beds you can put a long piece of double-sided carpet tape all the way around the outside of the bed. This is intended to prevent bed bugs from crawling up onto your bed from the ground. Launder all of your bedding (or at least tumble in the dryer on medium or high heat for 30 minutes).