Do Bed Bug Sheets Work?

Bedbug sheets, more commonly known as mattress covers, protect your mattress from a budding infestation. They can be of great help when you're trying to control or prevent bedbugs in your home or rental properties. In fact, they're one of the most useful tools you can add to your total treatment or prevention plan. Unfortunately, they have their limitations. It's likely you will need to use more than one method to solve your bedbug problem.

Advantages of Bedbug Sheets

Bedbug sheets keep bedbugs out of your mattress.

When you cover your mattress with a bedbug-impenetrable sheet or mattress cover, you stop a mattress infestation in its tracks. No more bugs will be able to take up residence in the nooks, crannies and folds of your mattress. Existing bugs and eggs will not be able to escape and will die over time. The sheets can also prevent staining and damage caused by bedbug excrement and extend the life of your mattress.

Disadvantages of Bedbug Sheets

Bedbug sheets won't kill bedbugs if they don't live in your mattress. Bedbugs aren't particularly picky when it comes to lodging. They will live in headboards, carpeting, electronics, bed frames, nightstands and any other place that grants them easy access to a meal. Once bedbugs can no longer infest your mattress, they may move to harder-to-detect locations. You'll need to use other methods to ensure you completely rid yourself of all bedbugs in all locations.

What to Look For

Look for a bedbug sheet or mattress cover designed specifically for bedbugs. Choose a sturdy material that can withstand tossing, turning, mattress flips, sheet changes and movement without splitting or tearing. Read reviews online or talk to a salesperson to find out if the cover crinkles and makes noise during sleep. It's better to spend the money up front for a quality cover than to replace a cheap one and risk bedbugs getting in or out of your cover if it tears.

Tips for Sucess

Make sure you purchase a bedbug cover that fits snugly. If your cover fits loosely, the wrinkles will create pockets and folds that bedbugs will naturally want to nest in. Check your cover often to make sure it doesn't have any rips or tears. Cover both your mattress and your box spring because bedbugs can nest in both. Bedbug covers are only meant to help you control an infestation, not eliminate it, so you'll need to work with an exterminator to get rid of the problem completely.

Photo Credits

  • Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images