Encasement questioni(3 posts)
Bedbugs are viible and dust mites aren't, why are dust mite covers not sufficient?
I emailed the manufacturer of Sleep Safe mattress covers about bedbug testing and got this reply:
Our encasements that we make here in Georgia have been certified based on our construction methods employed and on the fabric itself. This is a Class 1 medical device certification for our mattress encasements. This certification is for allergen proofing. Allergens are very small where bed bugs are quite large in comparison. If a dust mite or allergen cannot get through it, certainly a bed bug has no chance of penetrating the fabric
There are pros and cons to encasements per our FAQ on encasements. If you use one I would not assume one for dust mites is sufficient. The zipper end stop on many will allow a 1 mm nymph or even larger bed bug through. The FAQ talks about encasements which passed tests for this.
Size of the critter is one factor but there are others to consider:
> The enclosure system must be entry & escape proof.
> The fabric must be bite proof. This means that the fabric must be of such consistency that a bed bug is not able to bite a person through the fabric of the encasement by any means.
It may be possible to meet the requirements above for one type of critter but not another.
My advice would be to stick with those encasement products that have been tested and proven bed bug proof and not merely bed bug "resistant". ote that it is also best that such testing and verification has been conducted by a credible source.
Hope this helps ! paul b.
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