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Bed bug problems are becoming more common throughout the United States. These pests can be difficult to eradicate once they take hold, so it is important to hire a professional to handle the problem for you. Sage Pest Control is home to qualified technicians that can get rid of the bed bugs in your home, so you can get a good night’s rest.

If you suspect a bed bug problem, call (704) 445-5305 for an experienced technician to eliminate the issue and provide the bed bug control services you need.

How to Avoid Bed Bugs

Bed bugs may be brought into your home by visitors or your own family. Often, people accidentally bring bed bugs home from vacation, as they are increasingly found in hotels. In order to avoid bed bugs, check hotel reviews and stay away from any place that has reports of bed bugs.

When staying in a hotel, keep your luggage off the bed and floor, don’t use the dresser, and inspect the room for signs of bugs when you arrive. Be sure to check the mattresses, bed frames, and around the bed, outlets, and picture frames for signs of a problem.

A Difficult Pest to Eliminate

Bed bugs get their name from the place where they are commonly found. Because these pests feed on human blood, they are generally found in the areas where people sleep. The bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide that is being exhaled as you sleep. When they bite, they inject a saliva that will leave itchy welts where they have bitten you. The appearance of the welts is how many people discover they have a problem.

Signs of a bed bug problem may include:

  • Bites
  • Blood stains on sheets or blankets
  • Excrement spots on the mattress
  • Skins that are shed as the bugs grow

Bed bugs are challenging to eradicate for a few reasons. Each female bug can lay more than 500 eggs per year and the adults can go a whole year without a meal. The bugs can travel up to 100 feet looking for a host to feed on and they will begin to move through the home or building, infesting other areas. This is how they can go from a single guest room to infesting an entire hotel.

What Seasons Are Bed Bugs Most Active?

Bed bugs are more active in the summer months, with the peak season occurring between June and October. Bed bugs thrive on heat and humidity, which is why they are more active during the warmest months of the year. This means that bed bugs are feeding and breeding more often, making bed bugs more of a problem during the summer. The risk of bed bugs increases the more people travel, which is another reason summer is a peak time for bed bug infestations.

Still, bed bugs don’t actually die out during the winter. Since they are indoor pests, they continue to breed throughout the year and can infest beds even in the cooler months. People who are traveling during the winter months should take precautions to avoid bed bug problems, just like they would in the summertime.

Summer vs. Winter Seasons

Many people associate summer as the season to watch out for bed bugs. There are good reasons for that, but you should know that bed bugs don’t just die off in the winter. So you may still be asking, Do bed bugs like heat or cold? In short, they like both! And honestly, a bed bug infestation in any weather may require professional help.

So in reality, bed bugs are a problem to watch out for all year long. Does dealing with bed bugs in the summer and winter sound stressful? Keep reading to learn more about bed bugs in each season.

Summer Bed Bugs

Bed bugs thrive in temperate climates all over the world, particularly in tropical regions and the Southern United States (although there are reports in all 50 states). If you’re traveling to another country during the summer, check the furniture for signs of bed bugs before sitting or lying down. Furniture infested with bed bugs may have reddish stains, dark spots, or tiny eggs and eggshells in the creases.

If you buy furniture from a summer garage sale, be sure to check for bed bugs before bringing the pieces home. You can also decrease the risk of bed bugs on your furniture by using a protective mattress cover, vacuuming frequently, and washing sheets regularly.

Winter Bed Bugs

Despite what many people believe, bed bugs aren’t hibernating or completely dormant during the winter. Bed bugs inhabit indoor spaces, where heaters keep the house warm all year round. They will continue to breed as long as there are humans to feed off of.

Bed bugs do tend to have a slower metabolism in the winter months, which may mean they are biting less often. They are also less likely to travel from place to place since they are more comfortable inside where it is warm.

To prevent bed bug infestations in the winter months, keep your indoor temperature below 77 degrees. This will slow the breeding cycle and decrease the chances of bed bugs biting you. Practice other good habits as you would in the summer, including washing sheets regularly and vacuuming often.

Do Bed Bugs Like Heat or Cold?

So what season are bed bugs most active? Bed bugs are more of a problem in the summer months, but they are still something to look out for in the winter. This is because the summer climate creates prime conditions for bed bug breeding and speeds up their life cycles.

Cold weather does not usually kill bed bugs. Even though bed bugs are indoor pests, they can survive the winter months even if they are outside. They may have a slower metabolism and slower life cycle, but even bed bug eggs are resistant to cold. It would take an extended exposure to temperatures below zero before bed bugs would die off in the cold.

Even though bed bugs thrive in the heat, they can be killed using heat treatment. This is done using a special hotbox that heats everything inside it up to a temperature that will adequately kill bed bugs.

So, do bed bugs like heat or cold better? The answer is that they can survive in both, but they reproduce more rapidly in the heat.

Bed Bugs While Traveling

Bed bugs often come into your home after you’ve been traveling to hotels or hostels in other cities or countries. They can latch onto suitcases, people, and pets without anyone noticing until it’s too late.

Protect your home from bed bugs by taking these precautions when you travel:

  • Research your hotel. Read online reviews and look for any reports of bed bugs. Don’t stay in a place that has bad reviews.
  • Inspect your room by using a flashlight and magnifying glass to check the mattresses.
  • Keep your luggage in plastic bags. This will prevent bed bugs from latching onto your suitcase while at the hotel.
  • Use a luggage rack to keep luggage off the floor and away from the bed.

Put all of your clothes directly into the laundry and wash them as soon as you get home from your trip.
Store your suitcase in the garage or basement, not in your bedroom.

How to Find & Eliminate Bed Bugs in Charlotte, NC

Using the right products and maintaining attention to detail are key to getting rid of bed bugs. You get both when you work with the pros at Sage Pest Control. We have developed a unique and highly effective inspection and treatment process for eliminating bed bugs.

The first step in the process is a detailed and thorough inspection from a bed bug exterminator in Charlotte to identify the presence of bed bugs.

Because bed bugs are very small and great at hiding, our pest control experts carefully check in crevices between carpets and walls, outlet covers, behind loose wallpaper, in light fixtures, and all other areas to ensure that we find and treat every place the pests are hiding. Once we have determined that your pest problem is bed bugs, we offer the best and safest products for eliminating them.

Give us a call today at (704) 445-5305 or contact us online to schedule an inspection.

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