Killing Bed Bugs With Cold Air: Does This Practice Work?
If you’ve got bed bugs in your home, or suspect that you do, you might have heard about killing bed bugs with cold air.
But is that really an effective method?
Bed Bugs Don’t Like It Cold
Bed bugs can’t live in extreme temperatures—hot or cold. Temperatures over 120 degrees will kill them, but so too will freezing temperatures under 32 degrees. And even below 55 degrees, bed bugs struggle to survive and generally can’t reproduce.
The problem is figuring out a practical method for killing bed bugs with cold air.
You Can Try This, But…
Unfortunately, all of the solutions for killing bed bugs with cold air are problematic for most people.
You can put clothing or bedding in your freezer. But unless you have a lot of extra freezer space (which few people do), washing clothing or bedding in hot water is much easier. And it’s recommended that you leave the items in the freezer for a week, so washing in hot water is also much quicker.
You can take your entire bed—mattress, box springs, frame—and put it outside if it’s freezing outside. But that’s a hassle, and where are you going to sleep? Of course, you could just open up windows, but then you’d be freezing too! Remember, freezing takes days to work, so this isn’t just a matter of going out to the movies while the bed bugs die.
You could keep your AC regularly set at below 55 degrees. BRRR! And talk about a huge power bill!
Bed Bugs Require Professional Treatment
More important than the hassle of killing bed bugs with cold air is that—unless you turn your entire residence into an icicle—you’re only treating the symptoms of the problem. Treating your bed, bedding, and clothes won’t get rid of bed bugs that have nested deep in cracks and crevices in your home.
Bed bugs are a pest that in almost all cases can only be completely eradicated by experienced pest control specialists, who have the expertise to find hidden bed bugs and kill them in their nests, along with all their eggs.
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About The Author
has worked in the pest control industry for the past 17 years. The last 8 years was spent as a Vice President of one of the most well respected regional Pest Control Companies in New York. He is part of a NESDCA Certified Dog Team