A reader on the forums asked a question about those zippered clothes closets being used to store clothing during a bed bug infestation. Nobugs and Doug both answered (so far). But Nobugs ceded this to my hands, since I am the person responsible for helpful hints.
I have not a hint, however, but a query:
Reader sojo wanted to know about this item, Skubb, as a way of storing clothing during a siege of bed bugs. It looks to be made of nylon, and is zippered clothing storage which hangs directly on a closet rod.
Nobugs pointed out that it was not fully sealed (since we know bed bugs can get through zippers, for example, in suitcases). Nobugs suggested it might not be a great idea, also, that it was nylon, and probably had seams which bed bugs might nest in. Doug pointed out that, unlike mattress protectors, bed bugs won’t be attracted to food inside the hanging bag. So why would they go into it?
Since the Skubb’s seams are still a concern, and something a bit more sealed up and without cloth seams might work better, Nobugs tentatively suggested considering instead this item from the Container Store, Clear Vinyl Garment Bags, which are vinyl, and also fully enclosed except for the zipper, assuming it does not have gaps where the hanging rod enters at top, or anywhere else for that matter.
Since it is essential that you inspect an item like this for any obvious gaps or hiding places on the outside, I would absolutely advise not purchasing it online without a close in-person inspection. Since Bed Bug Helloise and Bed Bug ‘Elmer do not live near a Container Store (and frankly, we don’t even like leaving our Retirement Compound), perhaps a Bedbugger delegation could be dispatched, with the relevant product number (to be sure of a correct match) to inspect one of these in person.
What do you think, experienced bed bug sufferers and bed bug professionals?
I also stress that I would not even consider something like this for use during the day of treatment, if the PCO tells you to “seal everything in bags” first. “Sealing” means “airtight.”
However, I think clean / certified bed bug-free clothing (ie that washed and dried on hot) stored in the vinyl version (assuming no gaps) might make sense.
Bed Bug Helloise is decidedly not recommending this solution yet. She is also very skeptical about the polyester Skubb. But she solicits your reactions on the vinyl Container Store item. Helloise tries to look her best, and understands the concerns of people trying to live with bed bugs.
Bed Bug Helloise writes an occasional advice column on products to make life during and after bed bugs more bearable. She does not fully understand this technology, however, Nobugs transcribes her jottings, and can also pass on any comments left below.