Some delicate fabrics and dry-clean-only clothes cannot be washed or cannot withstand the high heat required in the dryer to kill bedbugs. Fortunately, bedbugs cannot survive freezing temperatures or long periods without humans for feeding.
Bed bugs are a nuisance and more people are discovering the sad fact that a bed bug infestation has nothing to do with hygiene. Even the cleanest and swankiest hotels and homes could still get them. If you have a cat or several cats for that matter, then you may be wondering if bed bugs can harm them.
Before bagging, separate clothing as they will go to the dryer and washing machine. That will prevent escaping bed bugs while sorting the laundry at home. Toss the contents of the bags directly into the dryer and run it on the highest cycle for at least 30 minutes. Immediately dispose of the empty bags outside in closed garbage containers.
A dryer sheet under your mattress won't keep bugs out of other parts of your bed. A dryer sheet in the pocket of a garment won't keep pests away from the rest of your clothing. Bed bugs emit a musky odor. Dryer sheets can mask that odor, leading you to think that your pest problem has been solved. It hasn't.
Not only can you spread the bed bugs, but when you return home the bugs will be waiting to great you. Remember, bed bugs can survive many months, and in some cases up to a year or more without feeding. Although it sounds like a grim choice, it is best to continue sleeping in the infested area until the bed bugs are eliminated.
Bed bugs should be destroyed as quickly as possible because they can infest other areas of your home and cause a major problem. Actually, bed bugs are not a sign that you have a dirty home, but they can be brought into your house through luggage, used furniture and beds, clothing and other household items.