When Should I Be Worried About Bed Bugs Again In West Chester?
February 20, 2019
With spring well on its way, you may be wondering when you should start worrying about bed bugs again. Many people assume that, like most insects, bed bugs take a rest over the winter then return in the spring. But do they?
The Seasonality of Bed Bugs
Unfortunately, bed bugs are one of the few insects that remain active throughout the year. This means that there’s really no time of year that allows you to stop thinking about infestations. However, there are certain times of year when bed bug infestations are more likely to occur. Let’s look at the seasonality of bed bugs.
When the weather warms up, bed bugs will become more active because of traveling. Not only do they prefer the warm weather, but the people who are their main form of transportation also tend to become more active in the spring, giving bed bugs more opportunities to end up infesting new locations.
Summer is a bed bug’s favorite time of year. Bed bugs thrive in hot, humid weather, and with vacationing at its peak, bed bugs have the most opportunities to move around, traveling on the luggage, clothing, and bags of unsuspecting vacationers. That makes summer the most likely time of year for a new infestation to occur.
Although the spread of bed bugs tends to slow down a bit when fall arrives, the discovery of new infestations tends to rise at this time. Bed bugs have been moved from place to place during the hot summer months, and fall is when they make themselves at home and start growing in population.
The holiday season brings a slight bump in bed bug travel, which means new infestations are often discovered in January when the holidays are over. Although the weather outside may be frightful, bed bugs do fine in the climate-controlled environment of your home.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs From Getting Into Your West Chester Home
As you can see, bed bugs are active throughout the year, which makes year-round prevention a must. However, since bed bugs don’t use the same methods of entering your home as most bugs, it can be very difficult to avoid them. Inspecting your clothing and bags before entering your home is one way to help, especially when returning from a vacation. Keeping clutter down in your home can also help minimize hiding spots.
Your best option though is to do routine inspections for signs of a bed bug infestation. If you see signs, you can then call Moyer Pest Control to verify if you have a bed bug problem. Moyer uses a specially trained K9 that has a 98% accuracy rate at detecting bed bugs. Once a bed bug infestation has been confirmed, Moyer Pest Control will offer the proper treatment method for the size and scope of your infestation. Give us a call to learn more about our bed bug treatment options.