A co-worker brought BedBugs into the office and since then I have seen signs of them at home.
I have contacted a pest control company and they are coming in Monday with a BedBug sniffing dog. That gives me one day to declutter in order that the dog have good access to all of the closets, bureaus, etc.
I have managed to accumulate a lot of ribbon and yarn and have most of it stored in bins in my bedroom but some of it is in bags. I don't know if there are BedBugs in any of my supplies but I would like to take preventative measures before I store them.
BedBugs will die at 113 - 118 F and it is recommended that dry clothing or bedding be dried in the dryer for about half an hour or so. Temps in the dryer can get up to 190 F.
From what I've read, the lowest oven setting is probably too high and may start a fire but I do know that ribbon is frequently baked in the oven. I have done it myself when "corking" (curling) ribbon for hair accessories. I forget the temp but it is more than the lowest temp, in the case of my oven that's about 170 F.
Of course when you bake ribbon the goal is usually to curl it or "set" a bow's shape and I wouldn't want to do that with ribbon or yarn I plan on storing.
Does anyone have any thoughts on whether or not I should at least do one trial run and cook some smaller skeins of yarn at 170 F (the lowest setting on my oven), as long as I keep a close eye on it?
Regarding ribbon, does anyone know what the highest temp you can bake it at without "setting" the shape?
I could eliminate the risk of fire by using the dryer shelf for the yarn and ribbon but the internal temps may not get high enough without the tumbling.
Unfortunately BedBugs have been known to survive without feeding on a host for a year or longer but worst case scenario I think I will use the vacuum Space Storage bags and put them into long term storage for 18 to 24 months.
Other than that I guess I'm just looking for some moral support and encouragement.
Oh, as long as I'm at it, wish me luck getting ready for my Final Exam on Tuesday with all of this going on.