I received this in an email recently and I know that where we are right now, it is all over the news that there is a big problem.  So, this seemed liked a good thing to share and it seems like a bit of common sense too! I always wash everything, always have, but now I’ll just do it immediately to help alleviate any POTENTIAL problem from even occurring.  Now while I don’t know about the validity of the actual mode of transportation that the bugs are hitch hiking on to come in to America, I have checked and the process of killing the bugs is valid.  Bed bugs are truly the ultimate hitchhiker, so it just makes sense to be on the cautious side.
A bit of information that you might like to know about.  We have friends here in our community and one of their sons is an entomologist (insect expert), and has been telling them that there is an epidemic of bed bugs now occurring in America.  Recently I have heard on the news that several stores in NYC have had to close due to bed bug problems, as well as a complete mall in New Jersey. 
He says that since much of our clothing, sheets, towels, etc. now comes from companies outside of America, (sad but true), even the most expensive stores sell foreign clothing from China, Indonesia, etc.  The bed bugs are coming in on the clothing as these countries do not consider them a problem.  He recommends that if you buy any new clothing, even underwear and socks, sheets, towels, etc. that you bring them into the house and put them in your clothes dryer for at least 20 minutes.  The heat will kill them and their eggs.  DO NOT PURCHASE CLOTHES AND HANG THEM IN THE CLOSET FIRST.  It does not matter what the price range is of the clothing, or if the outfit comes from the most expensive store known in the U.S.  They still get shipments from these countries and the bugs can come in a box of scarves or anything else for that matter.  That is the reason why so many stores, many of them clothing stores have had to shut down in NYC and other places.   All you need is to bring one item into the house that has bugs or eggs and you will go to hell and back trying to get rid of them.  He travels all over the country as an advisor to many of these stores, as prevention and after they have the problem.

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I didn’t think about putting new clothes in the dryer- thanks for the tip. I’ve always been cautious when it comes to second hand items, and to wash and dry them as a bed bug prevention method. Now I will definitely be cleaning everything even if it’s designer. I don’t want to risk bed bugs in my house; I hear they are just a pain to get rid of!