Even people who hate winter can agree that it’s nice to take a break from the never-ending buzz of flies and mosquitoes of summer. However, there is one pesky little bug that really doesn’t mind the cold – bed bugs. 

Bed bugs have a high cold tolerance. 

Bed bugs are incredibly resilient. They have a high cold tolerance and can remain active at temperatures as low as 46 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive at temperatures even lower that that! Like some other types of bugs, bed bugs are able to lower the freezing point of their bodily fluids through a process called diapause. This essentially allows them to enter into a state of hibernation, remaining alive but dormant. However, if bed bugs are exposed to extreme cold (below 0° F) for several days, they will die.  

Will freezing bed bugs get rid of them?

There is a DIY bed bug extermination method called cold treatment that has the potential to kill bed bugs. For this process to be successful, the temperature must be very low (0 degrees or colder) and the item that is being frozen has to remain at this temperature for at least four days. There are several reasons why this process isn’t practical for many people.  

  • Most residential freezers won’t even get cold enough. 
  • Many items that have been exposed to bed bugs aren’t able to fit inside a freezer.  
  • It may be difficult to freeze all the way to the center of an item, such as bedding. 
  • In a home with a bed bug infestation, it’s impossible to isolate all items that may have bed bugs or eggs. 

What is the best way to get rid of bed bugs? 

Cold treatment for an item that has been in an area with bed bugs may be effective if conditions are right. However, in many cases, it simply isn’t enough to completely eradicate a bed bug population. The best way to control bed bugs is through Integrated Pest Management. This is a combination of prevention, monitoring, and treatment. Because bed bugs have been known to become resistant to pesticides, many bed bug sprays and chemicals are no longer effective. This means that what may be effective for one bed bug population won’t necessarily work for another. Only through close monitoring and appropriate treatment can you truly expect to get rid of bed bugs. 

Call YES Pest Pros for bed bug extermination in Bloomington, Indiana. 

Bed bugs are very resilient. Complete bed bug extermination is extremely difficult for those inexperienced in pest control. The pest control experts at YES Pest Pros receive continuous training on the most up-to-date technology and methods of bed bug extermination. We use various methods of bed bug control, including a highly-effective heat-treatment.

We’re committed to keeping our community and clients informed about the risks and dangers of all pest infestations. This, of course, includes bed bugs. Early detection and treatment of a bed bug infestation is key to successful extermination. So whether you are certain of, or just suspect an infestation, call YES Pest Pros today to set up a free inspection and consultation. Give us a call today to get started.