How do I clean bed bugs out of my clothes?

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"Hey, I want to know how do I get bed bugs out of clothes that have been in a bedroom where they are. What are some good ways to do that? Thanks"

   

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This is actually easier than you think - all you have to do is run them through a washer and dryer. A lot of people think it has to be more complicated, but that's not the case - even about five minutes in most dryers is enough to kill both the adults and the developing bedbugs (larva, nymphs, eggs). The reason they die off is because of the heat - they just can't survive the temperatures (up to 175 degrees) of most washers and driers.

What if you have something you can't put in a washing machine (stuffed animals, rugs, shoes, etc.)? If you can put it into a dryer, that's good enough, and it's the most effective way to get rid of them. Dry cleaning will also do the trick.

One other option is to put the item in a plastic bag and stick it in the freezer for about a week. It takes much longer to kill them using cold than heat, so it's not ideal. But if you absolutely can't wash it, and it won't be damaged by cold, then you can put an item in there and they will die off eventually.  

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