Having a bed bug infestation in your home is stressful. One thing that makes the infestation worse is having bed bugs on your clothes. If you have an infestation in your home, you have to clean your clothes too. Any clothes that may have come into contact with the infestation should be cleaned immediately.
Cleaning your clothes immediately will stop bed bugs from spreading. They can spread around your home and to other people. Here are our top tips for cleaning your clothes that may have come into contact with bed bugs.
Sort out clothes that have bed bugs on them and put them in sealed bags
Before you wash your clothes, you have to sort them out. Putting them in a heavy-duty sealed bag prevents bed bugs from getting out. Every article of clothing that may have been exposed to bed bugs has to be washed. Having one item of clothing with bed bugs still on it can keep the infestation going. So don’t leave any clothes with bed bugs on them behind.
Wash clothes on the hottest temperature and then dry them
Get the bags with your clothes in and tip all of them straight into the washing machine. Don’t touch the clothes. Any remaining bed bugs can jump onto what you’re wearing and continue to spread.
Once all the clothes are in the washing machine, turn the temperature to the hottest setting. Now that they’re washed, remove the clothes and put them in the dryer. Dry them as normal. This will kill all of the bed bugs on your clothes.
Keep clothes away from the infestation in your home until it’s under control
After you’ve finished washing your clothes, they should be completely free of bed bugs. Before you take them back into your home that has had bed bugs, call in a professional pest controller. They will be able to take care of the infestation for you. It takes a bit of time to treat a bed bug infestation. So, you should put your clothes in a different area of your home away from the pests.
Catch-it Pest Control understand just how frustrating a bed bug infestation can be. If you ever find yourself with a pest control problem in the London area, we can visit your home and eradicate the problem for you. We also give tips on preventing pest control problems from happening in the future.