Moving and encasement(2 posts)
We had bed bugs in our apt a month ago. Our building is infested. Since then, we've been finding the odd bug here and there and have had frequent exterminations. We've been told that we are not infested and these are just odd bugs finding their way in.
So on to the question: my mattress was treated at the initial finding and then promptly encased. We are moving out of our building now. Can I move the mattress in the encasement, or does that leave us at risk?
When I was moving, my exterminator told me to leave the encasements on when I moved (and for at least 18 months after treatment) as I was keeping my mattresses. The encasements not only protect the mattress from an infestation, but trap any live ones until they finally die off from starvation. So he told me to leave them on, because if not, I ran the risk of any that survived leaving the uncased mattress and infesting my truck/other items and my new home. To protect the encasements enroute from rips, I put freshly clean fitted sheets on the front and back of each mattress. I think you could also wrap them well in plastic. I also made sure they did not touch the ground in my building hallways at all as I was taking them out as the building had a significant issue. I took the sheets off at outside my new apartment & bagged them, checked the encasements for anything that might be on them and then moved them in! Then I heat treated the sheets I used. I moved two years ago and still nada! Whew! Good luck!
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