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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 


CDC Recommends Heat To Kill Bed Bugs

Back on Friday September 23rd, the CDC released their weekly report : Acute Illnesses Associated With Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs — Seven States, 2003–2010.  The report details a variety of problems that have occurred from the miss-use of pesticides to kill bed bugs.  The errors range from over application to untrained application to just not following the instructions.  The stories are sad because I understand what these people are going through.  They just want the bed bugs gone and their life back.  But pesticides are not the answer.

The CDC actually states in their report that “CDC and EPA promote integrated pest management (IPM) for bed bug control. IPM is an effective pest control method that uses information on the life cycle of the pest and incorporates non-chemical and chemical methods. Non-chemical methods used to effectively control bed bugs include heating infested rooms to 118°F (48°C) for 1 hour.”

Finally!  Validation for what I have been talking about! Heat is the best method to kill bed bugs.  Now I will say, I disagree on their temperature and time period, it is low on both accounts.  But that is addressed in a different blog.

May the heat be with you!

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

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist 


Today's Bed Bug News

Today's bed bug news from around the country. Enjoy!


- Bed bug shredder? Sounds a lot like something I don’t want to be exposed to. Come to think of it, I don’t think my pets aren’t safe either.

- More bed bugs in public housing. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence that can snowball quickly if not treated properly with full room heat.

- This bed bug article gives going back to school a whole new meaning. Nothing like having bed bugs in the lounge area to get kids riled up.

- You know it’s bad when the NYC department of housing has bed bugs.

- You know it’s really bad when they go out and buy 2 bed bug detection dogs.

- A doctor asks if chemical bed bug treatments are worth the effort.  My opinion is no. Not when full room heat is available.

- Are you a rental property owner ignoring bed bugs? Well, keep that up and you may lose your license.


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

John, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist 


The Reality of Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Remedies

I read an article recently highlighting the steps to DIY bed bug control.  The title claimed the steps were easy.  I agree the concepts are not complex, but the effort required from the homeowner is SIGNIFICANT.  Here are their steps to success:

  • Step 1: Find bugs, eliminate clutter, bag everything in plastic sealed bags,
  • Step 2: Kill bugs with alcohol/bleach
  • Step 3: Launder everything (that you can fit in your W/D) in hot water and hot dryer
  • Step 4: Vacuum everything (walls, furniture, curtains, rugs, books)
  • Step 5: Steam clean everything
  • Step 6: Wrap upholstered furniture in plastic and seal with tape
  • Step 7: Repeat vacuum and steam cleaning daily for a few weeks
  • Step 8: Contact exterminator when this does not work

As a homeowner, mother of two, animal owner of 7, business owner and a bed bug specialist here are my thoughts on their strategy…I do not want my family to live with a growing population of bed bugs eating them. I do not want chemicals (pesticides or bleach) covering my home impacting my children and pets.  I do not have time to do this every day with no guarantee that the bugs will go away. But knowing that not everyone can afford a heat treatment that will solve the problem in one day, here are my recommendations.  Most DIY efforts take from 2 to 6 months to resolve, plan accordingly.

  • Step 0: Do not spray pesticides, it will scatter the bugs and make your job harder          
  • Step 1: Find bed bugs – look everywhere around where you sleep, this includes the couch
  • Step 2: In the affected room, bag all linens from the bed, seal the bag, and put all linens in the DRYER for an hour on high heat.  Then wash them and dry them again on the hottest settings. Throw bag in outside garbage. Do the same with all your clothes.
  • Step 3: Buy the best HEPA vacuum cleaner you can afford and at least 30 filters (1 per day of cleaning).  Vacuum up everything you can see including bugs, eggs etc.  Vacuum every last inch of your mattress, box spring, front and back of head board, mattress frame, frame wheels.  Yes I mean EVERYTHING.  Then vacuum your side tables and anything around your bed the same way. Vacuum the walls, the base boards, the rug,  When you have finished throw the filter out in the outside garbage.
  • Step 4: Rent or buy a steam cleaner and utilize it on every square inch of space in your room, just as you have done with the vac.  Obviously avoid utilizing steam with electronics.
  • Step 5: Repeat the vac/steam process DAILY to ensure that new babies are caught before they feed and before they start laying more eggs.
  • Step 6: Optional, but effective.  Purchase a PackTite personal heater that you can use for larger items and items that cannot be put in the dryer.
  • Step 7: Call me when you are exhausted, we can be there quickly

Please note, if you do purchase a HEPA vac., rent a steamer for a month, and purchase a PackTite you could have paid for the heat treatment to start with.  My philosophy, if you don’t have the money to do it right the first time, then what makes you think you will have the money to do it the second time.



"Bedbugs sap woman's wallet and patience" - so what went wrong?

So what went wrong?  She identified the issue quickly and notified her landlord who called in someone to spray. Sounds good, right?   Wrong, the pesticide did not kill the bugs but sent them scattering, aggravating her problem. The bugs got wise and moved into the picture frame as well as other random nooks.  Most pesticide treatment companies will tell you that it takes multiple treatments to kill the bugs.  Two months in, she has paid over $350 in cash and has lost most of her belongings at untold cost. Not to mention effort, time and major nighttime trauma she and her family have experienced. 

Two months later the bugs have won. She is moving out to a new place, but what makes her think the bugs won't come too?  If she takes anything with her to the new place the bugs will come too.  She should put all her clothes in the dryer, but the crafty pest control provider has offered to do it with chemicals.  Yucky and ineffective.  New landlord beware! – I can see the add now, "traumatized bed bug carrying woman seeks new apartment for her family of 3000".

How to do it right?...when you find bugs, walk out and lock out. Leave EVERYTHING behind.  Do not carry your mattress through you home and dump it.  You will spread the bugs from top to bottom.  They are not called bed bugs because they sleep in beds, but because they eat in beds.  They live and hide everywhere. 

Bring in a certified bed bug detection dog to determine the locations of the infestations and then use a specialized bed bug heat remediation company to cook the critters and their harborages.  Heat remediation is chemical free, will take one day and will kill every last bed bug family member around – the first time!  No more bites, no more sleepless nights, ONE and DONE.

The full article I have commented on can be found at