Have you heard the saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen?” Well, when it comes to bed bugs, there is another lesser-known saying: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of my house!” Bed bugs have a love/hate relationship with heat. Here’s how it works.
Bed bugs love heat!
In the middle of summer, when temperatures are unbearably hot for humans, bed bugs are as snug as a bug in a rug–or a bed. These little blood-eating, skin biters grow more active as the temperatures rise. They breed faster and pop out more babies. But, in order to pop out more babies, they need blood. Your blood. And that is nasty.
Why do they need blood to produce babies? Because they require a blood meal to fertilize eggs. That means they are motivated to climb all over you while you’re sleeping and feed on you several times before you wake. This increased feeding could be the reason more people call for bed bug control during the summer than any other time of year.
Bed bugs hate heat!
Surprisingly, the way to get rid of bed bugs is by turning up the heat. When the temperature in a home is increased to 135 (°F), bed bugs die. That is why pest control companies use heat as the primary means for ridding a home of these disgusting parasites. But heating a home to 135 (°F) isn’t as easy as you might think. If done improperly, important items in a home can be damaged or a fire can break out. That is why it is important to call a pest control company to handle a bed bug infestation. Sensitive items must be removed or protected, heating units must be placed in strategic locations, and air flow must be properly managed.
Holder’s Pest Solutions offers bed bug heat treatments in Houston and surrounding areas that will eliminate these pests in both homes and businesses. Our heat treatments are eco-friendly and will eliminate adult bed bugs, eggs, nymphs, every stage of development.
When it is time to get rid of bed bugs, all you need to do is turn up the heat. Contact Holder’s today to get started!