Insects do a lot to survive the winter. Migration, overwintering as a larva, burrowing in the soil, and hibernation. Bed bugs, on the other hand actually remain active during the winter months… In your home. Here’s what to do if you suspect you have Bed bugs.
Is it Possible to Kill Bed Bugs Through Exposure to the Cold?
It is possible to eliminate bed bugs through prolonged exposure to below freezing temperatures, but it is not advised due to the fact that it is extremely difficult.
In order to eliminate these insects, they would have to be subjected to temperatures below 0° F for at least 80 hours, consistently.
Most of the coldest regions in the world experience temperatures higher than that during the day. So, it is not possible to subject the infestation to that level of coldness for that period of time.
Additionally, at just a few degrees above 0°F, the bed bugs will go into a mode of hibernation that will further protect them.
While there are too many factors and complications associated with trying to wipe out bed bugs with the cold, these insects are quickly eliminated with heat.
Physical Signs of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are known to stay well hidden in the areas where they reside; however, they do not hide the evidence that they leave behind.
In order to determine if you have them in your bedroom, you should start by removing the blankets and sheets on your bed.
Now, review the edges of the bed, as well as any crevices.
These insects are flat, have an almond shape, and are very small. In most instances, they are reddish-brown.
You may not see live bugs immediately, but you are likely to see the skins that they have shed, shell-like material, fecal and blood spots on the bed, and similar signs.
While the bed is the most common region where bed bugs frequent, they may also be present in other types of furniture such as chairs, couches, and pet bedding.
By recognizing the signs that bed bugs are in your home or business, you can start the process of elimination more quickly.
Bed Bug Bites
Not all people have a reaction to the bites caused by bed bugs; however, when they do react, it resembles bites from other types of insects – such as chiggers and mosquitoes.
Additionally, a rash may develop. Many may look as if they have hives. Welts that are raised and red. They may burn and itch. A rash may develop where the welts are located on the body.
You may also find that you have bites that are in straight lines. If you have bed bug bites, you are experiencing an allergic reaction to the saliva of the insects. You should wash the area with warm water and soap and avoid scratching the area, as an infection may develop. If the bites are severe or causing other symptoms, see a doctor immediately.
Professional Heat Treatment is Necessary
If you have established that you have a bed bug infestation, it is critical that you obtain professional heat treatment. Over-the-counter treatments are not only ineffective, they are potentially dangerous – to both humans and pets.
Heat treatment is a very safe and chemical-free option that quickly and effectively eliminates bed bug infestations.
Here at All Pest, we offer this valuable and effective treatment all year long. We are the only local company that specializes in this type of pest control.
Additionally, we offer this service to residences and commercial structures, such as hotels, nursing homes, and other locations where people frequent, live, and have the potential to come in contact with a bed bug infestation.
When using our heat treatment, bed bugs will be exposed to temperatures between 120°F and 160°F.
Certain items will need to be removed for their protection; however, the areas where bed bugs live and frequent are left behind.
This is the most comprehensive treatment for bed bugs currently available on the market.
If you want to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your pets, it is critical that you schedule a heat treatment today. It is the absolute only way to eradicate these nuisance insects from your home and/or business.
If you are tired of the bed bugs, are tired of the symptoms associated with their bites, and ready to take control of your home or business, call us immediately