Bed Bugs: Can they Freeze?

We’re sure feeling the chill this winter, but are bed bugs? Bed bugs are surprisingly hardy insects and can survive some pretty surprising conditions.

How do bed bugs handle the cold?

Bed bugs can certainly survive through winter and definitely have some tolerance to the cold. Even though it’s cold outside, our homes remain warm havens for bed bugs. Simply turning off your heater won’t do either; it’ll take much more extreme temperatures than what a typical home without heat will register at, to eliminate them.

Fact: To survive in cold environments, bed bugs use “freeze-intolerant” methods, such as being able to lower the freezing point of their bodily fluids.

So at what temperature will bed bugs freeze and die?

In a study done it was found that bed bugs freeze when exposed to 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit for a minimum of 80 hours eliminated 100% of the bed bugs. It’s the combination of temperature and time that ensures their demise, so, for instance, at a temperature of 0 (zero) degrees Fahrenheit it would take about 4 days to freeze a bed bug.

If you are in need of professional assistance with a bed bug issue, give us a call at our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, our Oshkosh office at 920-385-0412 or toll free at 800-956-0800.  

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