It has come to the attention of Southwest Exterminators that some bed bug encasement providers are not sharing their testing data with pest control companies or consumers. They may be hiding more than you think. Without a regulatory body to monitor the truthfulness of claims made by the various mattress and box spring encasement providers, you and your pest control company need to be extra careful when evaluating product effectiveness.
Bed bug encasements are meant to block bed bugs while providing bed bug bite-proof protection. Good quality encasements will be breathable, washable, tear resistant, will block dust mites, and some allergens. These are all common claims made by the producers of almost all of the encasements available today. Unfortunately, as it sits currently; we must take them at their word, unless they proactively offer third party verification. It doesn’t take more than an eye-catching font choice and a picture of a bed bug to make these kinds of claims.
So, how can you be certain the claims of encasement manufacturers are true? Ask for an independent third-party test report from the manufacture or your pest control company. These reports will show verified data supporting the claims made by the encasement provider. If your encasement provider or pest control company refuses to support their claims with an independent test report then your spidey senses should be kicking into gear. Look for a bed bug mattress encasement company that has web links to their test reports. If they are putting their data out for public consumption then chances are the company is confident in the product quality and commitment to transparency.
If you have any other questions about bed bugs, bed bug encasements, or pest control in general please feel free to call our office at 435-628-2700. Have a great day!