Does Washing Bedding and Clothing in High Heat Kill Bed Bugs?
A high heat wash is proven to kill bed bugs in all stages of life. It’s important to be cautious about transporting infested items to your washing machine!
Washing bed bug-infested linens:
- Strip the linens off of your bed and sort with other items to be washed.
- Place each sorted pile into plastic bags and seal. Transport the bag carefully to your laundry room and tip the bag into your machine.
- Use a normal amount of your typical detergent (no special brand necessary).
- Wash the load at a high temperature (at least 140°F) for 90 minutes.
- Carefully transfer washed clothes to the dryer and dry on high heat for at least 30 minutes.
Washing Infested Linens and Bedding
To control the spread of a bed bug problem, it’s a smart idea to run your clothes, bedding, and any other infested items through a wash in hot water. Before washing anything, make sure to sort the clothing and linens before placing each sorted pile into separate plastic bags. Prior to transferring them to your laundry room, make sure each bag is sealed properly. If they are not, you could risk spreading bed bugs into other rooms in your property.
Carefully tip the sealed bag into the machine, place the used plastic bag into another sealed bag, and dispose of the bags carefully. Using normal detergent, wash the load on the highest heat possible. Transfer to your drying machine and dry on high heat. Fold your clothes and linens, and place them in sealed bags or drawers to keep them clean and bed-bug-free.
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Do Bed Bugs Survive in the Washing Machine?
One of the best, most reliable ways to get rid of bed bugs is to use extreme temperatures that will kill them. Therefore, throwing your clothing and bedding in a high heat wash should work extremely well to kill off adult bed bugs, as well as any eggs too. That said, it’s always smart to consult a professional pest control company, and to take extreme caution in moving the infested items to your laundry room.
What About Other Items?
While washing and drying you bedding and clothes in high temperatures help, obviously this method will not work for all infested items or areas of the home. Complete control of a bed bug infestation requires treating the entire infected area, not just separate items. A heat or steam treatment from a professional works to treat the entire property.