Are the dreaded bed bugs a summer-only pest? Do they go to sleep and forget about us in the winter? Well… unfortunately, not exactly. Bed bugs do not like the cold, but instead of staying out and freezing, or going into hibernation, they will do their best to find a temperate environment. You probably guessed that, in most cases, this environment ends up being your home.
Bed bugs and the cold
Bed bugs will remain active as long as they can access a food source. However, bed bugs do slow down their activity during the colder months. They can also go into a hibernation-like state if temperatures drop significantly. Adults can survive like that for several months, without feeding. If temperatures drop below -18°C for several days though, bed bugs will die in the cold.
During the winter, bed bugs are making their way inside to stay warm, and they can even get extra cosy in there. When the weather gets colder we humans like to sleep in thick comforters and wear extra comfy wooly clothes. And this is a bed bug heaven! The thickness give them more space to relax in and reproduce, and makes it more difficult for us to spot them.
Bed bugs also like the darkness. Indeed, you will rarely see them come out on a bright sunny day. Winter is then perfect for them, with short days and low brightness.
How do you get rid of bed bugs?
Getting rid of bed bugs once they have settled in your home can be quite a challenge. Start by getting rid of all the clutter you may have accumulated. Make sure to cover all the rooms, and not just where you have spotted the bed bugs.
Then, vacuuming your home thoroughly might get rid of some of the bed bugs. Cover the floors, the carpets, furniture, upholstery, and bed frames. Throw the vacuum bag away once you are done so the bugs cannot escape and re-infest your home.
Call a professional
Eventually, when facing a significant bed bug infestation, calling a professional is by far the best choice to make. Bed bugs die when their body temperature goes over 45°C, which can be achieved using special heating machines. We discourage you to do it on your own, as you may not be able to cover all the infested sites. In addition, the wrong temperature could damage your furniture and mattresses.
If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home, contact us for help and information.