Hot? Cold? Which Is Best for Getting Ridding of Bed Bugs?

If you have found bedbugs in your home, your first inclination may be to toss out all the furnishings they are in. While bed bugs do not pass on diseases to people and are harmless, their bite can cause itchy welts or bumps. Before you throw out your furniture, check out these facts about hot and cold temperatures for getting rid of bedbugs.

Do Extreme Cold Temperatures Kill Bed Bugs?

Studies have been done to learn more about how freezing temperatures affect bed bugs. Many homeowners may be under the impression they can simply turn off the heat or put their property out into the cold weather for effectively getting rid of bed bugs. However, for freezing temperatures to kill bed bugs, it must be extremely cold, below zero degrees Fahrenheit, for at least four days. Placing items like blankets and clothing into your freezer can help you to kill to bed bugs in them. Bear in mind the temperature in your freezer will need to reach below zero for effective results.

If Cold Kills Bed Bugs, Do They Thrive In Heat?

Only extreme heat kills bed bugs, so you will need to call a professional pest control company for this process. Temperatures need to remain at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two hours to effectively kill bed bugs and their eggs. Professionals will bring specially designed heaters to your home to get the temperature hot enough to make a difference. You will need to remove any flammable items from your home before this treatment begins. Discuss with your pest control professional other items you should take out of the home before heat treatment for bed bugs. Consider the removal of household goods like

  • Foods that can melt like chocolate or that could otherwise be affected by high temperatures.
  • Candles and other products you may have made out of wax.
  • Medications that require room temperature to maintain shelf life.

If you are dealing with an infestation of bed bugs, do not feel embarrassed or feel you are in some way unclean. Bed bugs are attracted to warm fabrics in the cleanest of homes as well as in unclean homes. Even though bed bugs do not generally carry serious disease, the bites do itch and scratching can lead to complicated skin infections. To prevent bed bugs from entering your home after professional heat treatment, make sure to check your suitcases after traveling before taking them in. When staying in hotels, take time to look closely at the mattresses for signs of bed bugs. Doing so could save you a huge headache trying to rid your home of pesky bed bugs. For assistance, talk to a professional like Cavanaugh's Professional Termite & Pest Services.