Laundromat dryer hot enough?(2 posts)
A few days ago I stayed in a hotel where I found 4 bed bugs on the bed. When I got home, I stripped down in the driveway and bagged everything. I then sprayed the bags with Lysol and bagged the bags. I let them sit in the hot sun for two days and then took them to the laundromat and washed them in hot water. I then put them in the dryer. My clothes were dry, including the jeans, within 8 minutes but the clothes weren't piping hot to the touch. When I use the dryer at home, the clothes literally burn my hand when I reach in there to take them out. At the laundromat they only felt warm although the zippers were burning hot. I ended up running them in the dryer there for another 24 minutes after my clothes were already dry. I then doubled bagged them again and they've been sitting in my trunk for the last two days. I plan on running them through the dryer in the garage for 80 minutes, as high as the timer goes. Is this enough to ensure any bedbugs and eggs are dead?
Bed bugs die at temperatures beginning at about 115F. Even in a "warm" dryer, given enough time to thoroughly penetrate, bed bugs at all stages will die. Here's a thread where this was discussed in detail. http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/how-hot-how-long-how-dead
In this forum, experts generally do not regard "solar treatment" as reliable.
Our travel FAQ have good recommendations on what to do if you encounter bed bugs in travel. http://bedbugger.com/faqs/travel/
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