Though laundry is recommended as a way to combat bed bug problems, doing laundry can also lead to bed bugs following you home. When you use a coin laundromat, there is a possibility that you may be bringing bed bugs home with you on your freshly cleaned laundry. Bed bugs like to hide in the seams of linens and clothes, so people who have bed bugs can unknowingly transfer them to their laundromat when they wash their clothes.
A high volume of people use laundromats each day, so there is a chance that laundry machines and other areas have been frequented by someone who brought bed bug infested linens or clothes with them. Though extremely hot wash cycles kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs, they can survive cold washes. Bed bugs can also hide out in the areas surrounding the machines.
The following are a few places in laundromats that you should pay attention to, in order to avoid bed bugs. Keep an eye out for signs of bed bugs.
- Surfaces where you place your clothes
- Lint trays in dryers
- Laundry machines
- Clothes and laundry items left behind
Bed bugs like to remain hidden, so pay close attention to your laundromat for signs of bed bugs, to ensure that you’re not potentially exposing yourself to a bed bug infestation. If you do spot bed bugs, be sure to alert management at your laundromat as soon as possible so they can deal with the issue and prevent the problem from spreading.
There are also a few measures you can take to prevent bed bugs from clinging you’re your clothes and linens:
- Use bed bug proof laundry bags
- Avoid mesh laundry bags
- Use separate laundry bags for pre-wash and post-wash laundry
- Maintain distance from anyone else’s clothes
- Wash clothes at the highest temperature available
Despite taking these precautionary measures, there are many ways in which bed bugs can find their way into your home. If you believe there may be bed bugs in your house, call a pest control company to evaluate the situation and apply an appropriate bed bug treatment. If you have a bed bug infestation, it’s important to deal with it as soon as possible to prevent the situation from getting out of control.
Typically, a bed bug removal company is required to put an end to bed bug infestations as the pests hide in walls and other inaccessible areas that make it difficult to exterminate them. A professional pest control company, like Magical Pest Control, will help you get rid of bed bugs with an appropriate bed bug removal method, ensuring your home is a safe and healthy environment. Contact us now for a free consultation or give us a call at (905) 738-6676.