Mattress covers for those "creatures that will not be named"

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I am interested in asking those of you who have mattress covers for those "creatures that will not be named" and the reason is if we do this thread will come up in many searches in google, and we will also be spammed by those involved in wanting to sell products to prevent those ""creatures that will not be named" that have the initials B.B.

If you do this, do you ONLY cover the top mattress or the box spring as well?

I ask as I encountered this recently, but the box spring was not 'encased'...

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My mattress pads are inside the mattress covers, with the mattress. The mattress covers I got (from Inn Style) feel like cloth, but liquids and insects can penetrate it, so they work well.

Actually, I have TWO mattress pads on top the mattresses, just trying to get the mattresses thick enough that the Comphy sheets will fit them tightly! Comphy sheets are made for 18" mattresses, and I couldn't even find any that thick!

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Being freaked out by the potential of those little beasties, I bought encasements for the mattresses and box springs. (16 beds)  I went with less expensive ones for the springs, and have had to tape over some areas that tore.  Wish I had used the better ones for both.  I have good mattress pads over these, which I wash between each guest, and dry on HIGH.  An ounce of prevention....

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I had them brought in by a guest and one room was infested after another guest woke in the middle of the night with bugs biting.  I had no idea they were in the room.  They were in both the mattress and the box spring.  I think the box spring was worse because there are ways for them to get all inside those.  They were also in the carpet.   I had an exterminator come out twice.  First time didn't kill them.  Second time the room was quarentined for three days with poison.  I went and got the mattress and box spring covers for both and I have not had a problem since.  It gives me piece of mind that they are covered.   I n nstyle has some good made in usa ones if anyone wants to order some and they do a lot of sales.

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I saw some nice ones at American Hotel Registry as well.

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I received a nice thank you email with questionnaire if I chose to complete it, I added the mattress cover thingy to the comments section.

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I have mine listed here in the resource section. Wholesale prices. They are not plastic at all. No sounds or feel when you're on the mattress. We then put a waterproof (not noisy either) mattress pad on top of the b b encasement.

We decided just to use the encasements on the mattress because our bottoms are all platforms. Not a big deal if we had to remove.

I asked our health inspector if there are b bs in our county and was told yes. FREAKED me out! The Pacific Northwest got hit with them when the winter olympics were in Vancouver, BC. All the international tourists brought them in and then they all went vacationing down the I-5 corridor.  I don't personally know of any b&b in my state that has been hit with them. In fact, they've kind of fallen off the radar the past couple of years.

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I use encasements that are less than 3 microns that block them in/out. I didn't bother with the pillows because I wash them and worst case scenario, they are disposable.

I still freak out when guests put luggage on beds. Very bad form.

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I myself know about them from this forum and our discussions, I am asking you this because I am considering letting them know that all they did was ruin sleep quality by giving people rubber sheets, when the box spring was not covered.

There are no drapers, carpets or other upholstery in this room I am speaking about.

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Is there nothing over the rubber sheet other than the cloth sheet? Or is it noisy?

We've got thick mattress pads over the liners.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

...ruin sleep quality by giving people rubber sheets, when the box spring was not covered.

Mine are not rubber. They're more like gore  tex-type fabric that breathes, but the thread count is too tight for B Bs and liquids to get through.

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Mine just encase the mattress. My main goal is to protect the mattress from liquids. The B B protection is just a bonus.

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So in your opinion, would ONE not be effective? This is what I am wondering, if one is a waste of time, and sleep and ineffective (as they are rubber sheets)

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If they're going to infest they'll just migrate to where it's easiest to live. If both are not covered they'll move where it's harder for us to spot them during a regular cleaning.

You can get the simple encasing covers and tape over the zipper, no need to spend $70+ on the other ones. You just have to be careful the cheaper ones don't get caught and tear on the metal bed frames.

That said, they'll also live in the outlets, nightstands, behind the wallpaper, headboards, etc.

Never ending battle.

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Madeleine wrote:

If they're going to infest they'll just migrate to where it's easiest to live. If both are not covered they'll move where it's harder for us to spot them during a regular cleaning.

You can get the simple encasing covers and tape over the zipper, no need to spend $70+ on the other ones. You just have to be careful the cheaper ones don't get caught and tear on the metal bed frames.

That said, they'll also live in the outlets, nightstands, behind the wallpaper, headboards, etc.

Never ending battle.

 

y'all are freaking me out.  Not on our radar.   How prevalent is it?  I've never seen one in any hotel, much less my own.

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TheBeachHouse wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

If they're going to infest they'll just migrate to where it's easiest to live. If both are not covered they'll move where it's harder for us to spot them during a regular cleaning.

You can get the simple encasing covers and tape over the zipper, no need to spend $70+ on the other ones. You just have to be careful the cheaper ones don't get caught and tear on the metal bed frames.

That said, they'll also live in the outlets, nightstands, behind the wallpaper, headboards, etc.

Never ending battle.

 

y'all are freaking me out.  Not on our radar.   How prevalent is it?  I've never seen one in any hotel, much less my own.

Very prevalent in hotels. Call your local health dept environmental health and they will tell you up front. 

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A few years back it was rampant. Haven't heard anything lately. MY big nearby city was one of the worst according to the reports.

Our innkeeping group had a class from a local exterminator. Interesting and gross.

However most people never know they've been bitten. It's like not everyone is allergic to poison ivy.

My son had to evict a tenant because of it and then have the house treated.

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Both should be to be effective I think.

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Both.

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