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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Bedbugs a huge growing problem. ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 9/20/10 1:55 PM

I watched GMA this morning where the Nike store there closed down for extermination, and several other establishments from the bedbug epidmic. I'm wondering if we should be woried about ordering fabric now?

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Date: 9/20/10 2:07 PM

That's actually not a bad idea. You can kill bedbugs on fabric very easily by tossing it in the dryer, it just needs to be 120 degrees F, apparently even a low heat setting on most dryers will do the trick. Throw out the packaging right away. (This info is from a recent NPR Fresh Air broadcast).

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Date: 9/20/10 2:18 PM

Just preshrink all fabric that comes into the house. The hot wash / hot dry will kill anything in it.

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Date: 9/20/10 2:35 PM

Does freezing also work? I'm thinking of non-washable fabrics or those that shouldn't be put in the dryer, like a wool that might felt. I wonder if the oven on low would work without damaging the fabric, if freezing doesn't kill them. I'd think it should, I'm pretty sure my iron is hotter than 200-250 degrees.

Mary, the subject puts your "lousy fabric" signature line in a new light (bedbugs aren't lice, but close enough) Here's hoping no one gets "lousy" fabric, from any sort of critters!

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Date: 9/20/10 2:42 PM

If it's shipped by truck in the summer, you shouldn't have anything to worry about- those trucks get really, really hot as well.

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Date: 9/20/10 2:46 PM

Bedbugs are a huge problem in NYC! I'm paranoid about getting them (all our mattresses and pillows now have zippered casings). Thanks for posting because it hadn't even occurred to me about bugs arriving in new fabric.
That NPR Fresh Air segment was a good one - the expert explained how to properly inspect your hotel bed for bugs and how to avoid getting them in your luggage. Transcript here:
Fresh Air, September 8, 2010

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Date: 9/20/10 2:49 PM

It does not work. It will make them hibernate, but not kill them.

Ironing or steaming (in a single layer) them will work though, it's just a lot more work than tossing it in the dryer.

If you have a BB problem, or are paranoid, you can buy a PackTite- it's like a heated duffel bag for things you can't wash made for killing bedbugs. It has extra temperature sensors to make sure you get everything hot enough.

(I have not had bedbugs, but we had some kind of mite that we thought could be BBs, so I learned a whole, whole lot about them.)

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Date: 9/20/10 2:51 PM

Don't forget to duct tape the zipper flaps closed- otherwise, they'll just live happily under them.

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Date: 9/20/10 2:51 PM

Thanks for that link. I'll be in Manhattan, staying at a hotel, shopping in the garment district, in early Oct. I'll be sure to check the hotel room. Since I'll be shipping fabric home, I'll be able to treat it right out of the packaging. Very helpful information throughout this thread. (Oops - almost typed "threat." It's that, too.)

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Date: 9/20/10 3:01 PM

Quote: justgail
Does freezing also work? I'm thinking of non-washable fabrics or those that shouldn't be put in the dryer, like a wool that might felt. I wonder if the oven on low would work without damaging the fabric, if freezing doesn't kill them. I'd think it should, I'm pretty sure my iron is hotter than 200-250 degrees.



Mary, the subject puts your "lousy fabric" signature line in a new light (bedbugs aren't lice, but close enough) Here's hoping no one gets "lousy" fabric, from any sort of critters!

I lived in Vegas for a few years, and typical summer temps were 120 degrees, so our clothes were always being bedbug erradicated! An oven, at a low temp, would be perfect for wool.

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