Winter Bed Bugs: Snug As A Bug In A Bed
December 16, 2016
This time of year, we don't have to worry as much about bugs getting into our homes. If they haven't already gotten in, most bugs have gone into hiding. But bed bugs are not your typical bug. They can get into your home any time of the year. Here's why.
Bed bugs don't live in your yard. They don't live in the woods. They don't fly around in the air outside. These bugs live almost exclusively with humans. They sleep near us, they feed on us, and they travel with us. Therefore, they aren't affected by the weather outside. These tiny blood-eating pests are as warm as we are.
The temperature inside your bed is more than comfy enough for bed bugs. It is warm enough in your couch too. If these bugs have gotten into your walls, under your rug, or behind your baseboards, chances are it is warm enough in these places as well. Bed bugs can live in many locations within your home, and all of those places are probably more than toasty enough to allow bed bugs to continue to live, feed, and produce offspring. Worse still, bed bugs can get into your home during the winter.
You're not likely to have yard pests get into your home during the cold winter months. Those bugs are deep inside the ground, down below the frost line. But, when bed bugs come in from outside, they do it in comfort. They'll tuck themselves in an insulated suitcase full of clothes, a laptop computer, a purse, or something else that went from the warm hotel to your warm car to the inside of your warm home.
Cold weather can kill bed bugs, just like any other cold-blooded insect. The problem is, bed bugs don't usually stay in the cold for very long, and they are usually insulated within the object they are riding in. So, if you travel this holiday season, be aware that you can pick bed bugs up and bring them home with you, even when it is below zero outside.
It is also important to understand that bed bugs increase their survivability in cold by going into a state called diapause. This is a low energy state that reduces their metabolism and prevents death caused by crystallization. Sadly, it takes several days or even a couple weeks of temperatures below 50°F to kill bugs that are hidden inside belongings. It is much more effective to kill them with heat.
If bed bugs find a way into your home this winter, let Moyer Pest Control deal with them. We use a combination of advanced bed bug options. When it comes to getting rid of bed bugs, you can trust Moyer Pest Control. Reach out to us today for fast relief.