NATIONAL REPORT—Encasements are a useful tool in a pest management professional’s (PMP) arsenal, in that they block bed bugs from making contact with a mattress and creating harborage, as well as impeding bed bugs from escaping once they are enclosed.
But that doesn’t prevent bed bugs from continuing to thrive in a hotel room, potentially resulting in an infestation. Isn’t that the goal?
Encasements cannot stop an infestation from developing and have no effect on existing bed bugs that are not trapped within the product. Additionally, encasements are useless if compromised in any way, and tears happen easily during installation, through abrasion on the frame while in use, and when taken off beds to evaluate cleanliness and inspect for bed bug activity.
Hoteliers should ask their pest management professional about the difference between mattress protection and human protection. The answer will be two-fold: encasements kill absolutely nothing and have no ability to prevent newly introduced bed bugs from snowballing into an infestation and, a bed bug that hides in the headboard, footboard, carpet, behind the molding or couch will still be able to have the same access to its host with or without an encasement.
All of this points to the need for prevention and active mattress liners.
A solid, field-proven bed bug prevention program, with active mattress liners installed on mattresses or box springs, can stop infestations from occurring and prevent a bed bug incident from turning into an expensive, embarrassing, and potentially litigious situation. To learn more about bed bug prevention in hospitality and how you can avoid being the subject of the next negative bed bug review on TripAdvisor, sign up for a free one-on-one webinar.
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About Allergy Technologies
ActiveGuard Mattress Liners kill bed bugs. Easily installed on mattresses or box springs, these liners offer two-year continual prevention and control against any adult bed bugs, nymphs or eggs. ActiveGuard has no cautionary signal words or use restrictions on its label. Only four sizes—single/twin, double/full, queen and king—fit almost every available mattress or box spring and accommodate up to extra-large in length and 17-in. in depth. Underlying is ActiveGuard’s formulation; a unique and proprietary delivery system that offers sustained bioavailability of permethrin for two years. Newest research supports that after a short exposure to ActiveGuard of only 10 minutes, bed bugs regardless of their level of resistance, begin to show significant reductions in feeding (biting) and a dramatic inability to lay eggs. This results in discontinuation of population growth thereby halting progression of an incident to an infestation. If you are seeking a pro-active preventative approach, ActiveGuard should be considered as the centerpiece of your long-term solution to keep bedding from being infested. ActiveGuard Mattress Liners are covered under U.S. Patents 5,916,580, 6,214,365, 6,440,438 and pending patents. For more tips on preventing bed bugs and uncovering infestations early visit us online at www.hotelbedbugprevention.com.