Allerzip, developed by the Chicago-based company, is an encasement for mattresses and pillows that stops bed bugs from reaching sleepers and biting them. Because the bugs are not able to feed off people they eventually starve and die.
The Allerzip mattress protector is waterproof, hygienic and sterile and includes an anti-viral bed bug device which Protect-A-Bed says also offers protection against allergens and dust mites.
Having been a success in the US, the product is now being launched in the UK and Europe.
“Protect-a-Bed has sold thousands of these encasements to hotels and motels around the world,” said Richard Cooper, technical director for Cooper Pest Solutions, who worked with Protect-A-Bed in the creation of Allerzip.
“During our initial service, we also use the product, encasing all mattresses and box springs. It’s not an option; it’s a requirement. I can’t imagine what it would be like to do bedbug work without it.”
Bed bugs can live for up to a year without a meal and are capable of reproducing rapidly.