Because bedbugs hide in small crevices, they can hitch a ride into your home on luggage, pets, furniture, clothing, boxes, and other objects.
Treating Clothing and Personal Belongings for Bed Bugs . One of the reasons why so many do-it-yourself bed bug control treatments fail is because the people performing them neglect to treat clothing and personal belongings where bed bugs may be hiding.
The larvae are most often discovered on fabric but they can crawl from place to place and hide in any dark crevices including air ducts, closets and behind baseboards when they are not feeding on your clothes.
Avoid bed bugs in clothes by hanging your items on hooks, rather than lay them across cushioned seats in dressing rooms or on the carpeted floor. These are safe and popular havens for bed bugs. Keep clothing in the store bag, tied and sealed if possible for the trip home.
Although bed bugs can hitch a ride on just about anything, including shoes, handbags and luggage, clothing is a common target. It's possible to eradicate bed bugs from laundered clothing, bedding and household textiles like drapes and area rugs, but it takes heat to do it.
It's well-known that people have found bed bugs in their clothes, but it usually happens when clothes are left out in a pile. Clutter is a good hiding spot for bed bugs, which don't like to be seen. If you leave clothes on the floor or bed, there's a good chance they can pick up pests. CC Image courtesy of louento.pix