how to get rid of bed bugs in clothes, shoes, furniture, and other stuff

by nobugsonme on July 13, 2007

This is a list of FAQs about how to get rid of bed bugs in your clothing and belongings.

How do I prepare for pest control treatment? Should I bag all my stuff?

How can I use heat, dryers and other methods to get bed bugs out of clothing, non-washables, and my home? What temperatures / length of time are needed to kill bed bugs?

What is a Packtite (TM) and how can I use it to get rid of bed bugs in my stuff? I want to watch videos showing how to use Packtite original to kill bed bugs in shoes, books, stuffed animals, and linens.

How to kill bed bugs with steam (covers steaming your home but steam can also be used on furniture and many other items).

Can I use dry cleaning instead? What do I need to know before taking my clothes to a dry cleaner?

Furniture, boxes of clothing, books, and other stuff: should I leave it out in the cold for a few weeks? What about a deep freezer? Or my old Frigidiare? Can bed bugs be killed with cold? How cold and how long?

How do I deal with clothing during treatment for bed bugs (and for a while later)?

How can I avoid spreading bedbugs to others when I visit their homes?

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