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  1. FayeState

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    How can you tell if bed bugs are in pillows and what can you do about it - are encasements the only answer or can you heat them in the dryer? How do they get into pillows?
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    I believe that if there's not a hole in the fabric, they would just be on the pillow, not actually inside... but as for heating, I did put my pillows in the dryer. I could fit 2 of them (standard size), and did 45-60m on high heat, then put them in encasements.

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    Thanks. So you put them on high heat in dryer with no problem? So did you see evidence of the bugs on your pillow? I didn't see any holes or evidence on them, so didn't know what to do.

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    I asked my PCO this question just this past week and his answer was to dry them on high heat for a minimum of 30 minutes. However, just to be safe, I dried them, washed them and then dried them again.

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    Thanks. Did you or your pco see any evidence of bed bugs in your pillows?

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    I actually found a live bug on the pillow the morning he was coming to do our second treatment which is why I was prompted to ask him. He and I looked it over and decided that double bagging it and taking it to the laundromat was the best option. I figured the extra wash and dry wasn't going to hurt anything.

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    Hi,

    They are not inside pillows. They are rarely on the outside of pillows and will always leave faecal traces if they have adopted this out of character behaviour.

    Hope that helps.

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    Thanks, then I guess I may not buy pillow encasements. Had read that if people get bites on face or neck then in pillow so I was considering buying pillow encasements.

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    Don't know how to delete this empty post.

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    FayeState - 11 hours ago  » 
    Thanks. So you put them on high heat in dryer with no problem? So did you see evidence of the bugs on your pillow? I didn't see any holes or evidence on them, so didn't know what to do.

    Never had any in the pillows, but once I had started treating and was sleeping on the ground zero bed, I would wake up and search everything with a flashlight at all hours... once or twice I saw a nymph crawling between the pillow case and pillow- but I do believe it was just an isolated event and it was disturbed by me moving and crawling fast away. Kinda like it got lost? So for a few days I would put the pillows (case and all) in the dryer every morning when I woke up for 45ish mins. There was never any harborages though, just a lone, wandering 1st or 2nd instar.


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