When there is a risk your clothing is infected with bed bugs. Its important to treat these items right away. By taking some simple steps you can make sure the bed bugs have been contained and eliminated. ZappBug heat treatment units work best for this, as they heat your clothes to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to kill any bed bugs. If a ZappBug is outside of your budget
most clothing dryers get hot enough to kill bed bugs as well. If you have an energy efficient model
you’ll want to double check it reaches 120 degrees. First, you’ll want to transport all of your clothing in sealed plastic bags. This makes sure you don’t risk spreading any bed bugs whether your just moving from your bedroom to the laundry room or going to a laundromat. Clothing should be dried first to make sure bed bugs are dead. While washing can manually remove bed
bugs it doesn’t necessarily kill them, so you’ll want to heat them first. Either in a ZappBug unit or in your dryer. When you are ready to put your items in the ZappBug or dryer, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t take them out of the bag too early. You’ll want to put the entire bag into the ZappBug
or dryer and then pull the clothing out. Make sure not to shake the bag around either. This way you are making sure no
bed bugs falling out the area around your ZappBug or dryer. Once your items have been placed inside make sure to close the bag and depose of it right away. If possible take the trash out right away as well. If using your dryer, you’ll want to set it to the highest setting possible to make sure it kills bed bugs. Make sure to let it run for at least an hour as well, so it is running long enough to kill them all. Once your items have been run through the ZappBug or dryer you can wash and dry them like you normally would. If you’re still dealing with an infestation
in your home, you’ll want to make sure to reseal your clothing in bags until the infestation has been fully treated. Once you’ve successfully treated your bed bugs infestation, you can take the clothing out of their bags and store as you would normally would.