Where everyone can feel the cooler weather, many are noticing lesser pests. There are some pests that remain active all year long. Bed bugs are unlike mammals, who hibernate in the winter, they remain active as long as there is a food source. Since most bed bugs are found indoors, especially in well-insulated furniture, bed bugs are kept warm in heated environments. Today, we at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control would like to elaborate on bed bugs and their winter activities.
What Cold Temperature Kills Bed Bugs?
Short term exposure to temperatures as low as -13ºF is survivable for bed bugs when discovered by researchers at the University of Minnesota who froze bed bugs. You need to expose them to -3.2F for 80 hours in order to destroy the bugs and their eggs. In most cases however, freezing out bed bugs isn’t a practical solution since you are not going to throw your mattress or couch into the deep freezer. If you have bed bugs in your home, you’re going to have to deal with them in the winter as well, though bed bugs may be more active in warmer summer months as they search for food and water. Since most of us keep our home’s warm and comfortable, so are the bed bugs.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs when Traveling
Bed bugs have made the trek from state to state and continent to continent, unfortunately, with all of the traveling we do these days. It is a good practice to wash your clothes after returning from traveling and to check your luggage particularly if it’s fabric, before and after each trip in order to be sure you do not pick up any stowaways. Any second hand furniture including furnishings from estate sales, antiques, and those bargains at the secondhand shop should be inspected thoroughly before being brought inside. Where you do not have to avoid these purchases, you should ensure they are checked carefully and ensure they are not infested. Be thorough and inspect with care since bed bugs are exceptionally small. In fact, they are no bigger than an apple seed. Look for signs of their droppings, which looks like tiny reddish-rust colored dots made from a tip of marker.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
It can be a timely and costly process to get rid of the bed bugs in the event you find them in your home. Eliminating bed bugs is one of the most challenging jobs when it comes to pests. To ensure effective results, hire a professional that specializes in bed bug control. To confirm a bed bug infestation and to localize the areas the bed bugs are dwelling, professionals will first conduct bed bug investigations. The next step is to eliminate the bugs and their eggs once an infestation has been confirmed. To make certain the bed bug infestation does not return, ongoing treatments are essential.