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120V apartment dryer enough to kill bedbugs in clothes?

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  1. vegemite

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    Fri Jul 7 2017 13:20:54
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    Our apartment only has 120V outlets. Would one of those apartment dryers that runs on 120V be hot enough to kill bedbugs on dry clothes, shoes, etc.?

    How long would the items need to remain on high heat for this to be effective?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Fri Jul 7 2017 13:23:33
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    120 will get hot enough, it dries your clothing. 120 is just more expensive to run than a 220 circuit. I'm guessing it's a smaller load than a regular dryer, so however long it takes to dry your clothes should be more than enough to kill any bed bugs.

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    Fri Jul 7 2017 15:18:23
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    If you really want to be sure, buy a infrared temperature gun. You can get one for 20-30 bucks online. I ordered mine from walmart for just over 20 and it works great. Then use it to measure the clothes periodically throughout the drying cycle. I bought one. The clothes in my 220V dryer get up to 170°F and drops down to about 125° F so I know mine works great.

    I am not an expert, any advice I give should be considered as amateur advice and not taken as fact. I mean well with all my posts and try to give back. If you plan on using any of my advice, I suggest doing research into said advice to make sure it is in your best interest.
    Study on Thermal Death Points(pages 18-29 of pdf) : http://www.propanecouncil.org/uploadedFiles/Council/Research_and_Development/REP_12221%20Efficacy%20of%20Heat%20on%20Bed%20Bugs.pdf
    Study on Cimexa: http://www.pctonline.com/article/pct0814-silica-gel-research-bed-bugs/

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