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Things that can't be dried

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  1. lf

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon Jun 8 2015 2:05:21
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    Hi,

    So I've been posting a lot today. Here's a link to my two other forums if you're interested.

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/help-covered-in-bites-in-under-a-week-no-signs-of-bugs

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/bed-bug-17

    Now I have some questions about drying clothes. I've been told to bag up all my clothing before the exterminator comes tomorrow so that's what I've done. I have about 5 full garbage bags of clothes and things- wool, faux fur, down, leather jackets. Silk skirts and dresses, velvet shoes, leather shoes, handbags, woolen hats, a sleeping bag, a tent, etc that I really don't want to risk putting in the dryer. I'm not sure what to do with them though. I can't leave them in bags for 1.5 years as I'm meant to be moving back to Australia in a few months so that won't work. I also don't know what to do with them when the exterminator comes because my housemates don't want them out in the living space for fearing of spreading the potential bed bugs so currently my floor is just a sea of garbage bags.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

  2. robinsmom

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon Jun 8 2015 2:16:21
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    You need to cool your jets here. If Lou Sorkin says you're "bites" don't fit the typical bed bug bite scenario, you might want to stop and listen to the man, please.

    Stop panicking, stop with the bags, get some sleep, and let the exterminator inspect. Let us know what happens, ok? And go to the dermatologist.

    I'm not an expert just a dumb struggling bed bugger like every body else.
  3. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 4 years ago
    Mon Jun 8 2015 14:22:34
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    We have FAQs on getting bed bugs out of your stuff:
    http://bedbugger.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs-bed-bug-faqs/stuff/

    Note that some options include heat treating us if a bed bug oven like a Packtite.

    The Useful Stuff page has information on DDVP strips (not yet covered in the FAQs):
    http://bedbugger.com/useful-tools/#ddvp

    Those are two possibilities.

    Note that some items which aren't safe to go through a washer and dryer can still survive 1/2 hour on hot in the dryer if they start out dry.

    I would also talk to your PCO. My impression from your other thread is you've found one nymph in your home. Is that right? If so, you should see what the PCO is able to find.

    It's possible you were bitten elsewhere and brought a bed bug home, in which case treating everything you own will likely be overkill. In small cases, PCOs may not require you to treat all your clothing, let alone other items. Where items are stored is also a factor.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."

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