Minimizing the Risk of a Bed Bug Infestation
This blog post is no more glamorous for me to write than you to read. The risk of bed bugs is real and as nightly rental owners, we need to acknowledge it, talk about it, and minimize it. There are protective coverings for pillows, mattresses and box springs that keep bed bugs out and as a bonus bodily fluids too (while we are talking about things that make us cringe).
My favorite pillow protector is the CleanRest Pro Max pillow protector. This absolutely has the minimum requirements to protect the pillow from critters, it's waterproof, and it goes a step further to provide a CDC level 4 virus barrier. How does that sound in marketing material for your property in 2020 and beyond! It has an internal vent that allows air to escape so the waterproof protector does not balloon inhibiting the functionality of the pillow. These are pricy pillow protectors but I view them as an insurance policy for my assets.
Mattress and Box Spring Encasements:
Skip the traditional mattress pad and just buy a mattress protector that fully encases the mattress and zips closed. The features you want to look for are waterproof, blocks bed bugs, and is breathable. Furthermore, you will want to buy these for your mattress AND box springs. If you have a king mattress you likely have two twin box springs so keep that in mind when you order your encasements.