Bed Bugs | Will Bed Bugs Die in a Hot Car?
People generally have negative feelings and reactions when it comes to bed bugs. Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on human blood, typically at night while people are sleeping. Their bites can cause itching, redness, and irritation, leading to discomfort and sleep disturbances. Bed bugs are also notoriously difficult to eliminate, and infestations can be emotionally and financially stressful for individuals and families.
Bed bugs are amazingly resilient insects, which is what makes them especially hard to get rid of. They can go months without feeding, have fast reproductive systems, are very tiny and flat, making them excellent at hiding. They are resistant to pesticides due to genetic mutations and can survive in a wide variety of environments. In fact, Antarctica is the only continent uninhabited by these blood sucking pests.
Bed Bugs Are Resilient
One reason why bed bugs are so resilient, is that they can withstand a wide range of temperatures. However, extreme heat is one of their weaknesses. Unfortunately, many people try to take care of their bed bug problem through heat, such as heat lamps, blow dryers and hot cars and inevitably fail. While extreme heat can be effective in killing bed bugs, it’s important to note that the temperature inside a hot car alone may not be sufficient to eliminate a bed bug infestation.
To effectively kill bed bugs through heat treatment, the internal temperature needs to reach around 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit (49 to 54 degrees Celsius) and be maintained for an extended period, typically several hours. It’s unlikely that the interior of a car parked under direct sunlight would consistently reach these temperatures required to eliminate bed bugs.
Bed Bugs | Bed Bugs Are Excellent at Hiding
Moreover, bed bugs are adept at hiding in cracks, crevices, and upholstery, making it difficult for the heat to penetrate all the areas where they may be hiding. They can survive in hidden locations, such as within the car’s seats or interior compartments, where the heat may not reach them adequately.
If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your car or anywhere else, it’s advisable to seek professional pest control services like Major Pest Control. They are not just good at eliminating pests, but Jun Buhkt, the owner and his wife are entomologists, making them pest experts. They can employ appropriate treatment methods, including heat treatments or other targeted approaches, to effectively eradicate the infestation.
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In fact, Major Pest control will be able to utilize a combination of approaches including cleaning, pesticide and heat treatments, enabling them to get rid of the bed bugs even when you aren’t able to. In fact, they recommend that anyone with bed bugs should call the professionals right away, because ineffective removal methods can actually spread the infestation to more rooms, when they typically are contained in one room. As well as push the bed bugs deeper into hiding, making them more difficult to find, and more difficult to eliminate.
Unfortunately, one of the most common reasons why people tend to avoid calling the professionals to help when they have bed bugs is embarrassment. People mistakenly believe that bed bugs are attracted to dirty environments and people with poor hygiene, but this simply is not true. Bed bugs will happily infest a clean home as well as a dirty one. Their primary goal is to simply get as close as they can to their food source, which is the blood of sleeping people.
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The sooner people can get professional help to eliminate bed bugs from their home, the sooner they can get rid of feelings of frustration, embarrassment and disgust. This is especially because living with a bed bug infestation can take a toll on a person’s mental health. The stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep associated with bed bugs can lead to feelings of frustration, depression, and isolation. Take back control of your home and life, call Major Pest Control today!