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Why Winter Doesn’t Mean a Break from Bed Bugs

While some people love winter and others loathe it, we can all agree that it has both good and bad points. The freezing temperatures can be a turn-off for many people, but a lot of people love the activities that go along with the snow. And though shoveling may not be much fun, getting a few months reprieve from the pests that annoy us all summer is certainly nice.

Do we really get a reprieve from all those pests? Ideally, every pesky insect should die in the winter, giving us a few months of peace before coming back out in the spring. However, there are some insects that manage to bug us all year long. One such insect is the bed bug.

Bed bugs live primarily indoors, giving them the heat they need to survive the winter. As long as they have a food source as well as the warmth they need, they’ll happily remain active in your home throughout the year. If they don’t have a food source, they can go for several months without eating and still survive.

The good news is that although they do remain active in the winter, there is a slightly smaller chance of a new infestation at this time, compared to the summer months when bed bugs are most active. Bed bugs can survive for short periods in cold temperatures, but they don’t like the cold and are less likely to hitch a ride with someone going from place to place and more likely to hunker down in the safe warmth of the place they’ve already infested.

Regardless of whether they’re moving around or not, bed bugs are bad news. When they get into your home, they will reproduce and quickly become a big problem. They are fantastic at hiding in all kinds of places you wouldn’t think to look or couldn’t get to even if you did think of it. They are also extremely difficult to kill.

Even if you attempt a DIY bed bug treatment and it seems to work, it is more than likely that you didn’t kill all of the bed bugs, larvae, or eggs. Similarly, most DIY treatments can’t reach the hard-to-find hiding spots where bed bugs live when they’re not roaming around or feeding.

Are you still seeing bed bugs?  We can help. Give us a call at 215.799.2010 or fill out the form below and we will contact you.



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