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How to Kill Bed Bugs on Clothes?

Bed bugs are tiny and blood-sucking parasites of both humans and animals with a reddish-brown hue, about the size of an apple seed. Bed bugs are often found in mattresses, bed frames, and box springs, but they can also be found in other furniture, such as couches and chairs. When infested with bed bugs, you may experience bites that are red and itchy. Here are some tips on how to kill bed bugs on clothes.

Ways to Kill Bed Bugs on Clothes

Learning the right ways to kill bed bugs on clothing is important. It can be tricky, but with the right methods it can be possible.

Heat Treatment

Clothes in bin next to washerHeat treatment is one of the most effective and safest ways to kill bed bugs on clothes. Clothes should be washed in very hot water or placed in a dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes. Completing both a hot wash cycle and a high temperature dryer cycle should kill bed bugs and their eggs on your clothing.


Vacuums can also be used to get rid of bed bugs on clothing. Vacuums are able to suck up the bed bugs and some eggs that may be present. When using a vacuum, make sure to discard the contents immediately in an outdoor trash can away from your home.


If you don’t have access to a washing machine or dryer, you can place infested clothing in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for at least 4 days. This will also kill the bed bugs and their eggs. Placing clothes in the freezer for 4 days or more is effective at killing any bed bugs that may be present. This method should only be used on items that can withstand the cold temperatures of a freezer, and only when it’s not possible to treat them with heat.

Steam Treatment

Steam cleaning is another way to rid clothing of bed bugs. The steam must reach a temperature of at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit in order to effectively kill any bed bugs on the clothing. This method is a good option for clothing that can’t handle being washed or dried such as down coats, suits, garments with heavy embellishments, leather, etc. It is vital that the steam reach every part of the garment at a temperature of at least 140 degrees, otherwise there is a chance you will not kill all of the bugs.

What Not to Use: Insecticides and Chemicals 

Clothes in dryerInsecticides and bed bug chemicals should never be used on clothing or anything that comes into contact with your skin. These products are poisonous to humans just like they are to bugs. They can be especially fatal to children and animals, and should never be used on items such as clothing, furniture, mattresses, blankets and other bedding.

How to Prevent Bed Bugs 

To prevent bed bugs from infesting your home, there are several things you can do. First, vacuum regularly and dispose of the vacuum bag immediately after each use. Second, don’t bring secondhand furniture into your home unless you’re sure it’s not infested with bed bugs. Third, inspect hotel rooms carefully for signs of bed bugs before bringing your luggage inside. And fourth, if you think you have bed bugs, call a professional exterminator right away for treatment options.

Bed Bug Barbeque

If you’re looking for a reliable and effective solution to your bed bug problem, look no further than Bed Bug Barbeque! Our experienced exterminators specialize in killing bed bugs and their eggs using proven heat treatments. With our specialized training and many years of experience, we can provide you with a fast and effective solution to your bed bug infestation. Visit our website or call (216) 221-1227 today for more information!

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