I have bed bugs. Can I salvage my knitting supplies?
October 1, 2010 10:50 PM Subscribe
I'm pretty sure I have bed bugs. I've kept my considerable stash of knitting yarn next to my bed. Can I salvage it?
posted by mishamashes to home & garden (16 answers total)
I'm pretty sure I have bed bugs (endemic to New York, sigh). I have bits and have found a few shells around my bed but no signs of infestation in or around my actual bed or mattress. I think they're living in the tiny gap between the wall and the floor on one side of my bed, but I haven't seen any live ones. I've kept my knitting/crochet yarn next to my bed on the side opposite the wall and I was hoping there was a way to salvage it. Does anyone happen to know if I can throw the yarn into the dryer without washing it at high heat to kill any bugs or eggs that may in the skeins? I read that 30-40 min in the dryer can kill these things in clothing, but I'd really like to not flush the several hundred dollars' worth of very nice yarn I have around. Any crafty people have tips?