Experts warn that your bedroom temperature could attract bed bugs
Bed bugs. The phrase alone will shudder most of us, but they are a reality and the latest numbers * show that they are on the rise. This may surprise those of us who associate bed bugs primarily with traveling and bringing back in suitcases. The pandemic has drastically restricted travel. So how is it that bed bug quotes are on the rise?
If you want to know how to get rid of bed bugs that are already in your bedroom, there are many useful techniques and products that you can use. But as with most things, prevention is better than cure, and what many people may not realize is that their bedroom is the ideal setting for these nasty pests. And the most common is the temperature of your bedroom.
The temperature of your bedroom can attract bed bugs
It turns out that “the ideal temperature for adult bedbugs to thrive is between 21-32 ° C (70-90 ° F),” according to the British Pest Control Association. This is why bed bugs are so much more active during the summer months – they like to eat and mate in warm weather.
It’s true that bed bugs are resilient and can survive temperatures as low as zero (32 ° F) and up to 49 ° C (120 ° F). If it is too cold or too warm for them to thrive, they will often rest for up to a year and wait for more favorable conditions to return.
(Credit: Jeff March / Alamy Stock Photo)
A constantly warm home is of course a relief for bed bugs – they don’t have to rest and can feed and reproduce all year round (sorry). And although they do not exclusively inhabit bedrooms – any room with nooks and crannies is sufficient – they prefer the bedroom because in this room they are closest to a source of food (you).
Those who like to sleep in a warm, heated bedroom make themselves more susceptible to bed bug infestation, especially if this warm temperature is accompanied by another factor such as used furniture (also bed bugs love vintage) or an old mattress.
The solution? You don’t have to sleep in a freezing cold bedroom, but keeping it cooler between 14 ° C and 18 ° C will not only make your bedroom less attractive to bed bugs, but it will also promote better sleep. And if you are also opting for a brand new best mattress, you should be bed bug free this winter.
* Research from MattressNextDay