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How Long Do Bed Bugs Live on Clothes?

June 19, 2019

Article originally written by Cameo Jenkins and taken from abc

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Bed bugs and dryer sheets aren’t two things we normally hear together. But with endless lists of household hacks flooding our inboxes and social media feeds, could they be connected in some way? The short answer is that although dryer sheets are on a list of home remedies to combat bed bugs, unfortunately, many of these tactics are ineffective in controlling this very persistent pest.

 

Despite our insistence that our home could never have bed bugs, these pesky critters do sometimes find their way in. And when they do, many of us are left to wonder how we can efficiently extinguish these bugs. You might wonder if bed bugs could survive a round in the washing machine. Are there products and methods that can kill both bed bugs and their eggs? If bed bugs are living in my home, what are the chances they are hiding in the folds of my clothes?

Let’s separate fact from fiction to answer some of the most common questions about these pesky pests.

 

How Long Do Bed Bugs Live on Clothes?

Bed bugs are capable of living up to two to three months without a blood meal. In colder temperatures, however, these pests can survive up to a year without food, since they are cold-blooded and their metabolism can slow down. Under normal circumstances, bed bugs feed once every five to ten days.

Bed bugs are most active about an hour before dawn, although they can feed anytime, if they are hungry. Once a bed bug feeds, which usually takes about five minutes, it will retreat back to its hiding spot. Because bed bugs don’t like heat, they won’t stay on your body like ticks or lice might.