April 24, 2014

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Cleaning Bed Bug Infested Toys

Cleaning Bed Bug infested Toys(.pdf)

If your home has a bed bug infestation there are many objects that need to be cleaned. One thing that many parents worry about is cleaning their kids’ toys. Different types of toys will need to be cleaned differently.

Soft Toys

Soft toys like stuffed animals or cloth books should be put into a dryer. The dryer should be at a medium to high heat setting. The toys should be in the dryer for 30 min. The heat of the dryer will kill all the bed bugs. After the toys have been in the dryer they should be kept in a clean plastic bag or box until the home has been treated for bed bugs.

Plastic or Wood Toys

Plastic or Wood toys can be cleaned with a warm damp cloth. It is important to wipe of all the surfaces of the toy. Make sure you clean all the cracks and crevices in the toy. Rinse off your cloth often. If the toy is very complicated and difficult to clean put the toy in a plastic bag. Place the plastic bag in a freezer that is at least 0oF (-18oC) for four days. For more information on how to freeze things to kill bed bugs read Using Freezing Conditions to Kill Bed Bugs. After the toys are clean keep them in a clean plastic bag or box until the home has been treated for bed bugs. 

 

Cleaning Bed Bug infested Toys(.pdf)