Bedbugs in Comforters
Bedbugs must have a blood meal every time they shed their skin. This means that the nymphs must feed five or six times before they become adult insects. Bedbugs can survive for months without eating, but if a host is nearby, they will feed every few days.
Between feedings, bedbugs hide in cracks and crevices near the feeding site. It is common to find them hiding in the seams and tufts of mattresses and box springs. They also hide in pillows and comforters. As the population grows, they spread outward from the bed. They begin to hide behind baseboards, under peeling wallpaper, and even inside of the walls. From here they easily move into nearby rooms.
People have tried extreme measures to get rid of bedbugs. The control process may require some effort, but bedbugs can be eliminated with sanitation, some insecticide, and high temperature.
Bedbugs can be killed with temperatures higher than 113°. Pillows and comforters can be challenging. Some comforters can be dry cleaned, but the cost may be very high. Some comforters can be washed, but drying may be difficult. Pillows and comforters may have to stay in a drier for a very long time in order to dry them completely and get them hot enough to kill bedbugs.
In the summer it may be easier to use the sun to heat pillows, comforters, and other bulky items. Placing the pillows or comforters in black plastic bags and setting them outside in the sun can heat them effectively without using electricity. Check the label on the comforter or pillow before heating it.
Bed frames and headboards are easier to treat if they are dismantled. The cracks and crevices should be treated with insecticide. Many people call pest control professionals to make these applications. They have the equipment that is required to get the insecticide into the cracks and leave no residue on the surface.
Pest control professionals can often treat mattresses and box springs. They have steam equipment that can be used on mattresses, box springs, and other sensitive surfaces.