Preventing Bed Bugs When Buying New Clothes

  • Keep clothing sealed in the plastic wrapping until the items can be laundered, washed by hand, heated, or frozen.
  • Items that do not come in plastic should be laundered immediately upon returning to your home.
  • When washing, set the washer and dryer for the hottest setting that the fabric can withstand.


    Preventing Bed Bugs When Buying Used Clothes and Buying Online

  • Special care should be given to any used clothing.
  • Used items should be laundered immediately before being brought into your home to prevent bed bugs.
  • If you need to use a dry cleaning service, you should consider mentioning the items are from an unknown source and to minimize the spread of bed bugs the items should be kept in the plastic bags until loaded into their machines.