Like many insects, bed bugs are intolerant of the cold and not a fan of freezing temperatures. Perhaps it’s because they originated in the tropics! Bed bugs are susceptible to bed bug freeze treatments because they can’t handle icy cold temperatures.
However, don’t think that means that you’ll never have bed bugs in winter! A bed bug infestation can occur at any time of year, even in the dead of the coldest winter. Your home is heated for your comfort, which means bed bugs stay comfortable too. In winter, bed bugs survive in heated environments just fine.
Another reason bed bugs thrive in the winter is that people tend to go on vacation to warmer places during the cold season. Since hotels and resorts are a common breeding ground for bed bugs, vacationers can bring back bed bug stowaways, resulting in a problem with bed bugs in winter.
Are Bed Bugs Resistant to Cold?
Bed bugs can protect themselves from freezing to death by lowering the freezing point of their body fluids. This lowered freezing temperature can’t be maintained for a long time, and bed bugs are unable to cope with extreme cold below -30°C, which will kill them.
Even without heating, bed bugs are capable of surviving mild winters where the temperatures don’t drop severely. Sunlight, temperature variations and humidity can also increase the likelihood of bed bugs surviving cold temperatures.
The temperature does play a role in whether bed bug infestations thrive in winter though. Mild winters can, surprisingly enough, cause bed bug problems to be worse during the season, as it makes it easier for them to migrate.
Bed Bug Freeze Treatment
Since bed bugs cannot tolerate extreme cold below -30°C, one of the most effective treatments for bed bugs is a freeze treatment. A pest exterminator uses pressurized frozen carbon dioxide to freeze bed bugs in their tracks. The time of exposure varies depending on where the bed bugs are, and how severe the infestation is. This type of bed bug removal is called a freeze treatment.This type of treatment for bed bugs is great for people who don’t want to use chemicals. Learn more about the various types of bed bug treatmentsto consider for bed bug removal.
Experienced pest exterminators like Magical Pest Control get rid of bed bugs, and any other type of pest in your house, quickly and efficiently. To control bed bugs in your home, schedule an inspection today. Contact Magical Pest for a free email consultation or give us a call at (905) 738-6676.