Most mattress and box spring encasements are not effective for treating bed bugs. It is very important to be sure that the encasement you purchase has been specifically designed for Bed Bugs and has scientific data to support the effectiveness of the product. Once beds are encased, any bugs that may be trapped within the encasement will be unable to escape or feed and will eventually die. In addition, once the beds are protected, other bed bugs cannot penetrate the encasement and thus cannot infest the mattress or box spring. Instead, bed bugs are restricted to the surface of the encasement where they are easy to spot and remove. In addition to playing an important role in managing a Bed Bug infestation, encasements can also be a very useful pro-active tool to help aid in the early detection of Bed Bugs should they be introduced into a dwelling that was not previously infested. Finally, it is important that the encasements are kept in good condition. Any rips in the encasements will allow Bed Bugs to enter and exit the encasement.   Back to Now What?