Temperatures are dropping as the season changes, and many bugs disappear during the winter. So naturally, we get asked, "Will cold weather kill bed bugs?"
It's a good question, but the unfortunate answer is "Not Necessarily."
Bed bugs can be a nuisance year-round, so let's look at how cold winter temperatures affect your infestation.
Can Cold Weather Kill Bed Bugs?
The short answer is yes: cold weather can kill bed bugs. However, it is important to note that bed bugs are resilient and can survive in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius) for short durations. They will become dormant at these temperatures and unable to feed or reproduce, but not die. This means that the winter weather temps are not always enough to completely eliminate bed bugs from your home.
But, bed bugs will die at long durations with sufficient exposure to cold temperatures.
How Long Does It Take to Kill Bed Bugs in Cold Weather?
The amount of time it takes to kill bed bugs in cold weather will vary depending on the bed bug's temperature and life stage.
Adult bed bugs can survive for several weeks in temperatures below freezing, while eggs and nymphs are more susceptible to cold temperatures.
If Not Cold, What Is the Best Way to Kill Bed Bugs?
The best way to kill bed bugs is to use a bed bug heater system. These heater systems work by raising your home's temperature to a level that is lethal to bed bugs.
Most heater systems can raise your home's temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius) or higher. This temperature is high enough to kill all bed bugs, regardless of their life stage.
Why Should You Buy a Bed Bug Heater System?
Owning a Bed Bug Heater System is the only solution that gives you control of your treatment plan. You will eliminate the need to call an exterminator and the hassles that come from them. You control when and how often you treat your home. You are no longer on the exterminator's schedule.
Convectex is a leading provider of bed bug heater systems. Their systems are known for their safety, effectiveness, and ease of use. Convectex heater systems are backed by a satisfaction guarantee, so you can be sure you are using the industry's leading equipment.
Here are some benefits of using a bed bug heater system from Convectex:
- Safe: Convectex bed bug heater systems are designed to be safe for homes and businesses. They have safety features such as thermostats and overheat protection.
- Effective: Convectex bed bug heater systems kill bed bugs of all life stages, including eggs and nymphs.
- Easy to use: Convectex bed bug heater systems are easy to set up and use. They come with clear instructions and support from Convectex customer service.
- Customer Support and Training: Convectex offers a huge library of How-to Videos and manuals. If you want more, sign up for a course at the North American Bed Bug Training Center.