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Winter Is Coming — But That Won’t Stop Bedbugs

shadow of a giant bedbug on a bedThe cold months are starting, and some people believe that bedbugs die with the cold. They don’t. Bedbugs are resilient creatures, and nothing short of professional bed bug treatment with the use of heat can rid you of these irritating pests.

It’s Cold Outside, But Not in Your Bedroom

Unless you leave your windows open come hail or snow, your bedroom probably stays at a comfortable temperature. While cold does affect most insects, that’s only because they are exposed to the elements.

Those tiny bedbugs in your room stay considerably warm all throughout winter. The cold does slow them down a bit — they become less active and less likely to feed. You may find yourself getting a bit less often, but you’ll still get bitten.

Bedbug Bites Do More Than Itch

Bedbug bites have been linked to insomnia, anxiety, depression, and psychosis. There is even a case of suicide triggered by a bedbug infestation.

People chronically bitten by bedbugs are five times more likely to show symptoms of anxiety disorders and insomnia and 2.5 times more likely to show signs of depression.

The itching and scratching, together with the thought of getting bit while you’re helplessly sleeping, brings about a sense of frustration that can only be remedied by thorough extermination.

Keeping Your House Bedbug-Free

About 30% of people who discover they have bedbugs throw away their mattress and buy a new one. That won’t always work. Bedbugs can live in tiny crevices in your walls and small cracks in your furniture. Only a proper heat treatment can get rid of every bedbug — including the eggs — inside your room.

You can take measures to avoid getting bedbugs like washing your clothes in hot water immediately after getting back from a trip, checking any place you’ll be staying temporarily for signs of bedbugs, or completely avoiding any place rumored to have a trace of bedbugs.

Bedbugs are one of the hardest insects to get rid of. Infestations travel fast, and it takes very little time for bedbugs to multiply and become an aggravating nuisance in your life. Try your best to avoid these little critters but don’t hesitate to call the experts when you believe you have an infestation.