This is one question that is asked frequently when it comes to those who have experienced a bed bug infestation. People are curious to know if their bed bug problem from the summer will be resolved once the temperature begins to drop.
Unfortunately, bed bugs can and do survive the winter. Here are a few things you should know about getting rid of bed bugs in the winter and how Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. can help.
BED BUGS CAN SURVIVE COLD TEMPS
So, you had a bed bug infestation this summer. You treated your home, and the bed bugs seemed to go away. However, you have started to notice some of the same signs of bed bugs being in the house as before. What do you do? A friend tells you to just wait it out because bed bugs die in cold weather. WRONG!
Unless you live in Antarctica, you can still have a bed bug infestation during the winter. While bed bugs are not a fan of the cold weather, they can survive extremely cold temps. A study conducted at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities discovered that bed bugs can survive temperatures as low as -13°F. In order for the bed bugs to actually die, they need to be exposed to temperatures lower than 3°F for at least 80 hours.
TIPS FOR GETTING RID OF BED BUGS IN THE WINTER IN ARKANSAS
Since bed bugs die after being exposed to severely low temps for at least 80 hours, many people have used their freezer as a way to get rid of the bed bugs lurking in their bedding and pillows. Some people have even taken their belongings outside and left them in the cold for a few days. However, since the temp outside rarely hits below 0°F for three days straight in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, this method doesn’t work and only creates a pain in your muscles and joints from moving items in and out of your home.
The good news is that you don’t have to break your back moving your home outside in order to get rid of bed bugs. The bad news is that it does take a lot of effort to remove bed bugs from your home. Here are a few tips to get you started.
• Clean any bedding, towels, or objects that can safely go in the washer with your washer set on the hottest water setting. When you get ready to dry the items, dry them on the highest temperature setting.
• Vacuum areas that may be infested with bed bugs and their eggs. Make sure you get to areas such as your mattress, the bed frame, baseboards, and headboards.
LET HOPPER TERMITE & PEST, INC HELP YOU ELIMINATE YOUR BED BUG PROBLEM
The tips above only get the process of removing bed bugs started. The easiest way to get rid of bed bugs and keep your sanity is to call in professional bed bug exterminators such as Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. We employ some of the most educated and highly trained technicians in the state. In fact, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. is the only company in this area to be NPMA QualityPro Certified.
Whether you are experiencing a bed bug infestation in Fayetteville, Mountain Home, Bull Shoals, or any area in between, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. can help. We are also certified to manage your bed bug infestation in Missouri. Don’t wait until your bed bug problem becomes overwhelming. Give us a call today and let us take care of you, your family, and your bugs.