How do I disinfect my house from pinworms?
Wash all the sheets, blankets, towels and clothing in the house in hot water.
Carefully clean everyone’s fingernails (which might hold the worm eggs) and cut them short.
Scrub toys, countertops, floors, and other surfaces the infected child has touched.
Can pinworm eggs go through clothing?
Pinworm eggs become infective within a few hours after being deposited on the skin around the anus and can survive for 2 to 3 weeks on clothing, bedding, or other objects.
What kills pinworm eggs on surfaces?
Wash bedsheets, nightclothes, underwear, washcloths, and towels in hot water to kill pinworm eggs. Dry them on high heat.
Does hand sanitizer kill pinworm eggs?
“It’s important to understand that hand sanitizer is not effective,” she said. “It has to be soap and hot water.” Hands should be washed after using the bathroom, before eating, and before preparing food, and after “accidentally scratching the anal area,” at a minimum. She recommends using the hottest water you can.
What temperature kills pinworm eggs?
They do not tolerate heat well, but can survive in low temperatures: at −8 degrees Celsius (18 °F), two-thirds of the eggs are still viable after 18 hours.
Can you see pinworm eggs?
The pinworms are white, can be seen with the naked eye (no magnification) and are about the length of a staple (about 8-13 mm for female and 2-5mm for male worms). The eggs that are laid by the female worms are not visible as they are about 55 micrometers in diameter and are translucent (see Figure 1).