Bed Bug Safety Tips When Using a Laundromat
If you find the need to use a coin operated Laundromats, take caution! Bed bugs are spread easily in this setting. Many people are in and out, setting their dirty clothes on all the surfaces in the establishment. It only stands to reason that some of these people may have a bed bug problem.
Here are some valuable tips to help you avoid picking up bed bugs at the Laundromat.
Tips to avoid bed bugs in Laundromats:
- Make certain that you keep your clothes away from anyone else’s clothes or other clutter to ensure that bed bugs don’t hitch a ride home with your freshly laundered clothing
- Also keep your clothes in sealed, bed bug proof laundry bags as long as possible – unzip laundry bag immediately before washing and zip it up in a clean one after a washing.
- Make sure to use two bed bug laundry bags – one before and one after washing.
- If you must put your clothes down on a surface, it is best to choose a clean and elevated surface that is NOT made of wood, paper or plaster, as these surfaces are easiest for bed bugs to climb up and infest your clothing.
- Before you put your clothes into the machines do a quick check for bed bugs, bed bug eggs etc. Looking at the lint filter may also help.
- Make sure there are no left behind items from the last person to have used the machine.
- Also make sure the person before you didn’t leave any clothes in the machines, especially dirty clothes.
- Don’t forget to empty the lint tray from the dryer before and after and dispose of contents outside the Laundromat.
- Make sure to use the hottest cycle they’ve got. Ideally above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This should kill any bed bugs and their eggs.
- Can’t put your clothes at such high temperatures? Before you leave home, leave your clothes in the sun for a few days, or the freezer even – bed bugs can’t live in extreme temperatures anywhere.
- Before bringing your laundry bag and clothes back into your house, do a quick search of the exterior to make sure no last minute hitchhikers got onto your bag.
- For more information, see Bed bug tips when doing laundry.
More bedbug tips for protecting your clothing:
When shopping (communal dressing room)
When using a health club locker room
When living with room mates
When using a drycleaner
When renting your wedding dress
When renting your tuxedo
When buying vintage clothing
When buying secondhand clothing