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Are Bed Bugs Worse in Summer or Winter?

Updated on April 1, 2017
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Melody has volunteered with the CDC and is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps. She brings awareness to public health concerns.

Bed bug infestation can happen anytime through the year.
Bed bug infestation can happen anytime through the year. | Source

It's Always Bed Bug Season

Bed bugs have no season. They can live inside of homes year round. Horrendous infestations happen regardless of time of year. However, bed bugs mating cycle shortens as temperatures rise.

Warm weather does cause bed bugs to thrive. From my experience, it isn't that they aren't there in winter, it's that you're more likely to notice activity in warmer weather. When bed bugs are exposed to low temperatures, they go in to "slow mode". They do not hibernate, instead, their metabolism and activity slow down.

Not everyone has four seasons. But, in general, the beginning of spring brings bugs, mice, and other pests. This is when you start getting pests of all kind moving into your home. Bed bugs are no different.

No matter what season you are in, bed bug detection is an important skill. Your best bet to prevent infestation or reinfestation is to take aggressive pest control measures at the beginning of each season. It might seem paranoid to do quarterly inspections, but catching infestations early is better than letting the bed bugs bite.

Why Seasons Matter

Even though infestations can happen any time of year, bed bugs are more active in summer. Cold weather causes latent activity, which can be misleading. Residents may believe the bugs are gone when in reality they have just slowed down.

The point when bed bugs are gone is when sanity returns to life. At that point, a great burden is lifted from your shoulders. There is nothing more stressful to begin to feel secure, just to experience a reinfestation.

Bed bug stress disturbs even the strongest of person. Even though the bugs themselves are not dangerous, the stress and disruption to life can become harmful to mental and physical health.

To believe you have won the war just to find out your enemy has been lying in wait is very disturbing. The simple awareness that spring brings the warmth bed bugs need to increase their reproduction cycle can be enough to stop it cold.

Another reason that bed bugs are worse in spring is because this the time of year that people emerge from their homes. They get out more, which increases the risk a bed bug stow away might travel on them. The same way this can increase germs in spring, this also increases bed bugs.

Anyone can get bed bugs. They know no socioeconomic limits.
Anyone can get bed bugs. They know no socioeconomic limits. | Source

How to Fight Bed Bugs in Summer

Fighting bedbugs in the midst of winter would make anyone feel bone-weary. The good news is that the warm winds of summer bring renewed predetermination. I don't mean that you shouldn't put in the elbow grease. Of course, you should!

Warm weather is an opportunity to successfully pull off eradication plans. Detection is the first journey on a long road to extermination. Calling a professional in early spring sometimes yields a few great deals. Trust me, you will need to be frugal to keep the matter of things affordable.

If you already know that you have these vampirish bullies, then check out this checklist. It will give you and idea about how to proceed. If you have not yet sealed your home against bed bugs, now is the time to do it.

Properly sealing your home against bed bugs is penultimate to success. Unfortunately, most people don't consider that these are tiny pests that can squeeze through the most minute of spaces. My research has shown that most people want to know what bed bugs look like, what the rashes look like and about poisons. But don't think about all the super highways bed bugs can use.

Next, I suggest you assess the need for proactive eradication. I actually suggest you do this with a trained pest control expert. By being proactive and spraying before there is a problem, or when bed bugs are at their weakest, you have more chances of success.

Some people are not sure about calling a professional. This is perfectly understandable, but I urge readers to check your local laws. It is up to you to research if your situation allows for you to legally do your own pest removal.

There is another reason we must be vigilant against bed bugs in summer. We all want to squeeze some travel or a vacation into summer. Travelers must be aware of bed bugs. These bugs latch onto suitcases and clothing and hitchhike home with you.

Even luxurious resorts can become host to these bloodsuckers. There is no division between the rich or the poor. Everyone can catch bed bugs. There is always a small possibility that they find you. This is why travelers can't ignore the truth about these pests.

My suggestion to you is that you research bed bug travel sprays and bed bug replants. Don't be afraid to pick up bed bug prevention supplies, such as full sized zip lock baggies for your belongings. You might even wish to purchase a bed bug proof luggage.

Learn how to identify signs of bed bugs so that you can inspect the place you will be staying. That way you can choose to leave if there is any sign of worry.

Taking furniture from the curb is an unsafe practice. It could be infested with bed bugs.
Taking furniture from the curb is an unsafe practice. It could be infested with bed bugs. | Source

The Way They Bother People

Bed bugs breed and bother humans all year long. More infestations are discovered in spring and summer than in the winter and fall. The warm weather is just what they need to breed quickly.

While wintertime sees the fewest discoveries, the time when you are at the most risk to get bed bugs is around Christmas. The CDC sees more reports of bed bugs just after Christmas than any other time.

The extreme need to be with family urges us to invite people into our homes, bed bugs or not. We love our family, and rightfully don't want to turn our backs on them. Sometimes guests bring in bed bugs, and they don't get discovered until the spring. Other times, they are found right away.

Let us learn a little more about bed bugs themselves. Take a look at the picture. The larger brown spot(s) are adult bed bugs. The small specs are baby bed bugs. As you can see, they are very small. Not so small the eye can not see, but just small enough to make them easy to miss.

If you have poor eyesight, then to you the bed mugs might seem to small to see. For this reason you need to use a light and magnifying glass when inspecting.

After you kill adult bed bugs, it is easy to feel the problem is over. But it is easy to miss the baby bed bugs. Then there is the massive number of eggs the bugs could have already laid.

If you are worried that these tiny creepy crawlers are slipping past you, then you may wish to invest in products designed to find bed bugs, such as a light an magnifying glass.

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      angryelf 4 years ago from Tennessee

      OH no no no! I do not ever want to come in contact with bed bugs. They creep me out!!

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      Melody Trent 4 years ago from United States

      You bring up a very good point. Spring is a time of spring cleaning, increased thrifting and garage sales. You don't have to totally avoid them as long as you know what you are looking for.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      People really need to be warned about bedbugs. Especially those who like to go thrifting in the Spring and Summer. You never know what you are really bringing home with you.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      I have never experienced a bed bug infestation, and hope I never will. I have read about them in hotels, and it always makes me nervous to think about bringinging any of the little buggers home, but so far all seems fine. Quite a specialist area you have on HP! Must say, I'm glad it's not mine!

      But thank goodness we have you to refer to.

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      I'd read that bed bugs had become a huge problem for hotels, but I'd never thought about them being so prevalent in homes. Luckily we've never experienced them in hotels or at home. Voted up, useful and interesting. :)

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      Dan Harmon 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Some good tips and information here - thanks! I was no aware that the problem was in effect seasonal - that spring is likely to see a resurgence of the bugs.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow, you must be the bed bug expert. I did not realize that it was so easy to have a bed bug infestation. I thought it was something you brought home, like from a hotel. I live in CA, so maybe due to the weather they are not as prevalent. This was an interesting read.

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