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If I wash my clothes in cold water will the bed bugs drown?
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It is not proven the bed bugs would drown by using cold water in your laundry. Our company suggests using a hot water cycle when treating your laundry for bed bug infestations.

We offer a product called PuraCleenRx X-treme Clean that is concentrated and can be used in your laudry cycle along with regular detergent to kill bed bug and bed bug eggs. This product can be used in a cold cycle or a hot cycle to eliminate bed bugs. 

We also suggest you dry all clothes on high heat for at least twenty to thirty minutes to make sure all bed bugs are dead.



Bed Bug Facts

      Bed Bugs are small creatures – the adult is less than a quarter of an inch in size – that live on the blood of animals and, most often humans.
      Although not equipped with wings the bed bug does retain the ability to travel; very quickly and is prone to rapid infestation as a result.
      The Bed Bug concern is a common one, as these tiny mites are understood to have come from their place of origin in the Asian continent to the remainder of the globe.
      It is hardly unusual to have an infestation of Bed Bugs, but what is important is that we recognise where they live, how to recognize them and what to do about them.
      The female Bed Bug will give out eggs each day; as she can survive for extraordinary lengths of time – over a year – this results in a rapid explosion of the Bed Bug population.
      The bed bug is active at night – when we are asleep – and the initial clue to the presence of Bed Bugs is the presence of pimples on the skin in the morning.
      The bed bug will feast during the night, and when it feeds on human blood it leaves behind signs of its existence.
      A bed bug feeds by puncturing the skin and inserting a tube with which it sucks out the required blood, and therefore the victim will rarely know they are being bitten as they are usually asleep.
      After feeding – which could last as long as ten minutes – the Bed Bug leaves behind a red puncture which could swell and will itch continually, bringing irritation and discomfort to the individual.
      The problem about diagnosis is that the signs of Bed Bugs are often similar to many other skin problems.
      Scabies leaves behind very similar pointers to bed bug infestation, and other insect bites such as mosquito can also leave behind a similar tell tale mark.
      Bed bug bites will most likely be seen on skin that is exposed while we sleep – the arms and legs, face and neck are all frequently bitten – and it is to these areas we should look when looking for indications of the creatures.
      The Bed Bug is a night active insect and it likes to feast on our blood; it also likes to hide and this is why it lives in our beds and furnishings.
      While the Bed Bug does not nest like many other insects, it does gravitate to suitable places, hence several will hide together in the crevasses of a mattress, the inside of covers and linings and many dark and secure places.
      Bed Bugs are frequently brought into the home by people who have been abroad and have usually slept on a number of varied and frequently used beds.
      A Bed Bug infestation is not usually a case of dodgy hygiene, however, as any number of hotels and guest houses have also been the source of the problem.
      Bed Bug infestations spread very quickly; with one female bug laying around five eggs per day it is simple to see how quickly the colony can grow.
      To get rid of Bed Bugs you first need to remove of the infested mattress and any other things that may be harbouring the creatures.
      As bed bugs are very small and almost impossible to find, removing all the eggs and bugs with off the shelf remedies may not be 100% successful.
      During an affliction of bed bugs, all clothes, covers and linings that have been close to bugs – or are suspected of having been – should be thoroughly washed; if possible this should be done on the hottest setting possible to be certain to kill the bugs.




    Hiram A. said, “I read that some methods of killing bed bugs include placing infested furniture or clothing in very cold temperatures or in the sun for several days. Bed bugs cannot stand cold or heat for very long. This is also supposed to kill the eggs. I’m just not in agreement with that information. I don’t think cold water will kill them, and I’m not too confident about the sun method either.” 
    Makayla G. from Brooklyn, Ny said, “I went to a Laundromat to use the industrial type washers. We noticed bites 2 weeks after the trip to the Laundromat. Never thought about this possibility before. But I would think that any areas used to hold infested items could contain bed bugs. When people take their laundry out, the bed bugs could fall out on the floor or even the top of the washer. If they are using cold water and it doesn’t kill the bed bugs, then the folding table could possibly have bed bugs, too. Having second thoughts about using the Laundromat again.” 
    Cynthia F. said, “It is important to wash items using hot water. Cold water will not kill bed bugs or their eggs! All clean clothes should be put in the dryer on high for a minimum of 20 minutes. The heat will kill the bugs and the eggs.” 

    Last update: 06:07 PM Friday, March 20, 2009

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