If you suspect you have a bedbug infestation, you’ll need to wash the affected clothes as soon as possible. It’s best to sort clothes into categories and place them in separate plastic bags. This will help to contain the bugs and ensure that they won’t move around in your washing machine. Next, read labels and wash instructions to make sure that you’re washing your clothes at the right temperature and cycle.
You can put your clothes in plastic bags or airtight storage bins. It’s easier to spot bedbugs against a white background, so use a white plastic bag. Be sure to hang these bags up in a closet with plenty of space and a hanger that doesn’t touch the wall. Also, take care to check your bags, briefcase, and backpack for possible bedbugs.
Using a clothes steamer can also help kill bedbugs. Set the steamer to around 160 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, and steam every inch of clothing. Also, use a HEPA vacuum to pick up any dead bugs. If possible, empty the bag outside your trash can.
While bedbugs don’t like to live in your home, they are quite capable of surviving in clothes. Even a suitcase or a backpack left unpacked in a hotel room may be harboring bedbugs.