How To Pack-Up a Closet

Another video in our series showing detailed techniques and protocols you will need to follow in your fight to get rid of bed bugs.  This video covers how to pack-up a closet.  Step 2 of the 8-Step Approach to get rid of bed bugs requires that you bag up all personal belongings in sealed, plastic bags.  That means that everything in your closet needs to be placed in a bag.  We’re talking clothing, jewelry, nick nacks,…,everything.

Please don’t underestimate how important this step is to get rid of bed bugs.  Your personal belongings can be a nasty little hiding place for bed bugs.  If you don’t bag up absolutely everything, bed bugs can re-infest your home.  If you don’t bag up everything, you will not have the peace of mind that the 8-Step Approach should bring.


**Video Transcript** – How To Pack-Up a Closet

(Rose – all audio)

Bed bugs will often live in your closet. So if you’re battling a bed bug infestation in your home, it is important to properly pack up and treat all the items in your closet.

You’ll want to pack all your clothing and items into sealable containers, either plastic bags or plastic boxes. If you are using plastic bags, we recommend double bagging your items to make sure that there’s no risk of tears allowing bed bugs to escape.

To make the process easier, you can sort your items as you pack them away. We recommend sorting items by whether or not they can be heat treated. Either in the ZappBug unit or in your dryer.

Once all of your clothing has been put away, you’ll want to pack up everything else in your closet, including hangers.Although the chances of bed bugs infesting these items is pretty low you’ll want to treat them anyways. Just to be on the safe side.

Always seal your bags closed tightly. You can use items like zip ties or binder clips to make sure the bags are fully sealed.

 

Posted by Cameron Wheeler

16 replies
  1. Cali
    Cali says:

    I am having my house exterminated for bed bugs. I bags seals wash dried all fabics items and placed in brand new plastic totes with lids. Is this ok or do i need to take those out and put in new bags?

    Reply
  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    so i have bed bugs and we spray vacuum and steam all the time but they keep coming back my bed is a wooden frame & i have a wooden dresser i have seen them on my bed . on my clothes on my dresser what should i do

    Reply
  3. Fee-fee
    Fee-fee says:

    Hi,

    I’ve recently hired Terminix to fix my bedbug problem. I was the only one in my home getting bit, I’d wake up with bites on my leg when I’d wake up. Anyway, they’re treating our home but only suggested we All wash our bedroom sheets but we didn’t have to wash the clothes in closets or drawer. The treatment is done through some dusting method. What would you suggest? I don’t want these things coming back

    Reply
  4. carrie
    carrie says:

    hi ..I just found out I have bed bugs and cleared my whole apartment out everything is in the middle of my floors they are coming tomorrow to exterminate …. when can I put everything back into my closets and storage area ??? they are coming back for a second treatment in 2 weeks should I leave everything as is or can I put stuff back into place …if someone can help me please and ty

    Reply
    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Carries,

      Without knowing what type of treatment the pest control company is performing we are unable to give you an answer. I would talk to the pest control company and ask what they would suggest.

      -The ZappBug Team

      Reply
  5. Sam
    Sam says:

    I am moving to a new place after finding bed bugs. I am only taking my picture frames, paperwork & clothes with me. Everything else I am throwing away, couches, beds, toys. How do I prevent bed bugs from moving with me?

    Reply
    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Sam,

      We suggest heat treating anything you are bringing with you. We sell ZappBug heating units or you can simply use your dryer. Just make sure the temperature gets up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and treat for one hour. If you are unable to heat treat we suggest getting diatomaceous earth and spreading that around your belonging in sealed containers for a couple of weeks. For more information on how to get rid of bed bugs yourself look at our 8-step guide. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

      The ZappBug Team

      Reply
  6. Salm
    Salm says:

    Hi, I live in the 16th floor of a building in Chicago downtown. I found two bed bugs they seems to be slightly big about the sue if small ant, the thing is I can’t find the source of the bed bugs. I looks under the mattress and I only found one. Then I walk on one day and found one in the living room. What should I do to find the source? How can I tell if they got to my closet?

    Reply
    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Salm,

      You can reach out to your local pest control company, they will often do a free inspection with a bed bug sniffing dogs. Also, you can try purchasing bed bug C02 traps. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      -The ZappBug Team

      Reply
  7. Laura
    Laura says:

    About clothes hangers, can they be treated in my drier? On hot setting for how long? I’d like to try this before investing in the ovens.

    Reply
    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Laura,

      Anything you feel comfortable putting in your dryer feel free to do so. You just have to make sure your dryer gets up to 120 degree Fahrenheit, the manual or manufacture should give you this information, and treat your items for one hour. If you have any other questions let us know.

      -The ZappBug Team

      Reply
  8. Sday
    Sday says:

    I have seen one small nymph and eggs no adults and it was on my bed I threw it out washed everything dirty and dried it but should I do my closet I did my living room and about to spray kids bed down and along the walls and I did my rug and have been spraying lysol and alcohol on everything to make sure after I used the bed bug killer

    Reply
    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Sday,

      In our opinion it never hurts to be over cautious. If you found the bed bugs in your room we would suggest heat treating your clothing in your closet. Also, spread Diatomaceous Earth around your rooms. Here is a link to our information on how to use Diatomaceous Earth. Let us know if you have any other questions.

      -The ZappBug Team

      Reply
  9. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    My husband thinks I’m crazy for going to the extreme that I am. He feels hitting the mattress ONLY will fix the problem for good. And just spraying around things in the room. I am the only one that’s being bitten. I’ve showered everyday since and I’m still getting bitten throughout the day. Do I really have bedbugs? I have bites all over me, or is it something else. I’m not crazy!

    Reply
    • ZappBug
      ZappBug says:

      Hello Kathy,

      It is not unusual for some people to have reactions to bed bug bites and others not to, but it is uncommon for bed bugs to live on a person and feed throughout the day. Bed bugs live in dark areas(not just under your mattress) and will come out to feed and go back to their hiding spots. It might be best in this situation to hire a bed bug sniffing dog to confirm if you have bed bugs or not. Make sure you read reviews before choosing a company because sadly there are companies out there that will take advantage of people in these situations. If you have any other questions please let us know.

      -The ZappBug Team

      Reply

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