The first thing you need to know is that bed bugs don’t live on clothes for a very long time. Fortunately, you can treat your clothing in a few simple steps to prevent an infestation. The first step is to thoroughly inspect your clothing for visible signs of bed bugs. Be sure to check all corners and hems, as these areas are likely to harbor them. If you think that your clothing may be infested, you need to wash it immediately.
Before washing, it is important to sort your clothes. To avoid spreading bedbugs to other clothes, place piles of clothes in separate plastic bags. When washing your clothes, use the hottest setting and the highest temperature possible to kill the bugs. Be sure to dry the clothes completely after washing them.
Once you have cleaned all of your clothes, it’s time to store them properly. Store your clothes in plastic bags or in a bathtub. This will help you see them more easily. You should also wash your bedding at a high temperature (140degF) for 90 minutes. If your laundry contains items you’ve worn while sleeping, you should remove them from the washer immediately after washing.
You can’t completely eliminate an infestation by throwing away all your clothing. You should thoroughly inspect the clothes in your home to identify the sources of infestation. You should take them to a professional cleaner if you suspect a bedbug infestation. To prevent spreading the bugs to other clothes, always sort the clothes before washing. And always remember to put the clean clothes in plastic bags.