Bed bug infestations are tough to eliminate. Pest control companies have several methods of treating bed bugs in homes and businesses, but each method generally requires a significant amount of work before they arrive. Almost all of these methods include a checklist, which requires a person to dry all of the linens in the home in high heat for a minimum of 30 minutes. Since most homes have a minimum of 20 bags of laundry to dry (many have much more than 20), figuring out what to do with all of the laundry can be difficult. Here are some bed bug cleaning tips on what to do with the laundry.
Get Clean Plastic Bins
In a rush to get the laundry completed before the exterminator arrives, many people attempt to get all of the laundry completed in a day or less. Unfortunately, this strategy has major flaws. Typical household dryers cannot handle the volume of clothing in most households in a day. Most recommendations are drying laundry on high heat for a minimum of 30 minutes. When you remove the laundry after a 30 minute cycle, it will be extremely hot. Placing it directly into a plastic bag may melt portions of the bag. The lint trap will be extremely hot, but will need to be cleaned after each use. Ideally, if you are going to dry the laundry yourself, you should consider getting several Rubbermaid-style plastic bins. Place the hot laundry in a plastic bin and remove it from the home (either a porch, shed, or possibly place the bin in a bathtub). Allow the laundry to cool off for at least 15 minutes before transferring it to a plastic bag.
Label the Bags
After the laundry is sufficiently cool, fill the bag 3/4 full with laundry, then tie the bag, expelling all of the excess air in the bag. Once tied, place the tied bag into another 45 – 55 gallon trash bag and tie the second bag as well. Immediately label the bag with a piece of blue painter’s tape. Using a dark Sharpie, write the room where the laundry came from and the area of the room (dresser, closet, under the bed, etc). This will help you identify where to put the clothing after the pest control treatment is complete. This is one of the best bed bug cleaning tips, which will save you time, money, and frustration.
Bed Bug Cleaning Tips Laundry
Find a Place To Store The Laundry
Once the laundry is complete, you will likely have a multiple bags of clean laundry. Unfortunately, trash bags full of laundry do not stack very well, so storing them will be a challenge. If you have a storage building, you may want to transport the bags to the building. If the bags need to be stored inside the home, you may use the bathtubs, garage, and/or non-carpeted flooring surfaces. Exterminators will spray around the bags, attempting to eliminate any and all bugs in the area.