Our research shows bed bugs would die if they are frozen. Bed bugs cannot withstand freezing temperatures. If a bed bug is frozen their body swells just like when water turns to ice. When they begin to defrost their extreminities for off and they die. This is much like a busted pipe during freezing weather. When the pipes freeze and bust you do not see an immediate problem until the defrost and the water begins to flow again. This is the same with the bed bugs. When they freeze they are not yet dead, but dormant, when they defrost the joints have become so swollen that they have actually detached from the body. When they defrost the legs fall off and the bed bugs die.
It is common for bed bugs to go up to one year without a blood meal especially in colder temperatures. During cold weather and extreme cold temperatures, espcially like those in the New England states, it is not uncommon for people to think that have eliminated their bed bug infestation. During these cold temperatures bed bugs go into a dormant stage, and come out again during warmer weather. The bed bugs are not gone, just dormant.
We are currently in the process of testing in our labs several products that will freeze bed bugs and thus kill them. These products are not yet available for sale. Please check back with us at a later date for our latest bed bug products.
Until this product becomes available on the market we still offer our non-toxic Dead Bed Bug Contact Killing Spray and our Diatomaceous Earth which, when used together, have a 98% success rate in eliminating bed bugs completely. We have tested our formulas in labs for the effectiveness and are proud to offer you the safest and most effective bed bug treatment method on the market today.
Bed Bug Facts
Bed Bugs are small creatures – the adult is smaller than a quarter of an inch in size – that live on the blood of animals and, most often humans.
Although not a flying insect the bed bug does have the ability to travel; very fast and is prone to rapid spreading as a result.
The Bed Bug problem is a widespread one, as these miniature creatures are known to have spread from their origin in the Asian continent to the remainder of the globe.
It is hardly unusual to see an infestation of Bed Bugs, but what is essential is that we understand where they live, how to identify them and what to do about them.
The female Bed Bug will lay eggs any day; as she can live for vast lengths of time – over a year – this results in a natural explosion of the Bed Bug population.
The bed bug is in action at night – when we are sleeping – and the first clue to the infestation of Bed Bugs is the presence of pimples on the skin in the morning.
The bed bug will feed during the night, and as it feeds on our blood it leaves behind indications of its presence.
A bed bug feeds by piercing the skin and pushing in a tube with which it pulls out the required blood, and as such the victim will rarely know they are being bitten as they are normally asleep.
After feeding – which can be as long as ten minutes – the Bed Bug leaves behind a red mark which may swell and will irritate continually, bringing irritation and discomfort to the sufferer.
The problem regarding diagnosis is that the symptoms of Bed Bugs are extremely similar to many other skin conditions.
Scabies shows very similar signs to bed bug infestation, and some insect bites such as mosquito can also leave behind a similar tell tale bite.
Bed bug bites will most likely be seen on skin that we leave exposed while we sleep – the arms and legs, face and neck are all frequently bitten – and it is to these areas we should turn when looking for signs of the creatures.
The Bed Bug is a night active creature and it likes to dine on our blood; it also likes to remain hidden and this is why it frequents our beds and furnishings.
While the Bed Bug does not nest like a number of other insects, it does travel to suitable places, hence great numbers will hide together in the crevasses of a mattress, the inside of covers and linings and many dark and secure places.
Bed Bugs are sometimes brought into the home by persons who have been travelling and have usually slept on a number of varied and frequently used beds.
A Bed Bug case is not always a case of poor hygiene, however, as many hotels and guest houses have also been the source of infestations.
Bed Bug infestations increase very rapidly; with one female mite laying around five eggs every day it is clear to see how quickly the colony can grow.
To eradicate Bed Bugs you initially need to get rid of the infected mattress and any other things that may be infested with the creatures.
As bed bugs are very prolific and almost impossible to find, eradicating all the eggs and creatures with off the shelf treatments may not be entirely successful.
During an infestation of bed bugs, all clothes, covers and linings that have been near to bugs – or are suspected of having been – have to be be thoroughly washed; if possible this needs to be done on the hottest setting possible to be certain to kill the bugs.
Merrill P. said, “I’ve heard of a guy who put a live bedbug in a freezer for 3 hours. He thought that it was dead. But a day later the bug was walking around. Bed bugs are obviously more hardy then people give them credit for.”
Sandy V. from Queens, NY said, “I read that bed bug eggs can survive 30-60 days in cold temperatures below 48 degrees. But this information varies depending on the source. So I don’t know what the magic number would be. No one seems to be able to come to an agreement about what temperature and how long it would take to kill these awful pests.”
Georgia writes, “I’ve never heard of freezing bed bugs. I’ve always heard that you should use high temperatures to wash or hot steam even to kill the bed bugs. I think that’s probably the best way. Steam everything. I don’t think anything could live through that.”
Kandi T. said, “I found this information on freezing. A minimum of 23°F (-5°C) must be maintained for at least 5 days. Most household freezers will have temperatures somewhere between 30°F and 20°F, and a 2-week freeze time is recommended if you are uncertain of your freezer temperatures. There’s got to be a quicker way.”
Last update: 09:06 AM Wednesday, February 10, 2010