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Killing Bed Bugs with a Washer and Dryer

 If you are trying to treat your belongings that are infested with bed bugs, the dryer is your new best friend.  I always recommend drying the items first to kill the bed bugs, then washing and drying them as normal to get the dead bugs off the clothes.  Here is a bit of research provided by Pest West Environmental on the effectiveness of washing and drying.  Note: always treat your clothing at temps high enough to kill eggs.

May The Heat Be With You!

Treatment Method

Temperature & Duration

Control Level

Washing machine(non-biological detergent)3.2kg - 7lb

Cool – 30oC / 86oF – 30 minute wash

Did not kill egg stages

Hot – 60oC / 140oF – 30 minute wash

Killed all life stages

Tumble Dry3.2kg - 7lb

Cool dry – 30 minutes

Did not kill all stages

Hot dry – 30 minutes – 40/45oC / 104/113oF

Killed all stages

Cold Soak3.2kg - 7lb

Cold water – 30 minutes

Killed adults/nymphs only

Cold soak – 24 hours

Killed adults/nymphs only

Dry cleaning (perchloroethylene)


Killed all life stages

Freezing2.5kg - 5.5lb

2 hours at -17oC / -62.6oF (8 hours to get clothes and items to -17oC / -62.6oF, takes total 10 hours of treatment)

Killed all life stages


For more information regarding Atlanta & Georgia bed bug detection and eradication, call Red Coat Services, LLC., at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page and Facebook Page for more bed bug details.

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist 

Reader Comments (1)

These are nice techniques for permanent washout of bed bugs. Useful for advising people by pest control companies.

April 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPest Control

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