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Are Bed Bugs Worse In Spring?

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South Florida is a popular destination for spring break. Young people come from all over to enjoy the beaches and the entertainment Florida has to offer. But, while all of those young people are taking a spring break, bed bugs are hard at work. Let's take a look at the bed bug problem and explore some of the ways spring is the perfect time for bed bugs to spread.

Temperature

Bed bugs love the heat. When temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, bed bugs will get busy breeding, feeding, and spreading. Since temperatures in South Florida warm up in the spring, this is when bed bugs start to become more active. If your home or business is not temperature controlled, this rise in temperature will help bed bugs grow their populations more quickly. But, homes and businesses that are temperature controlled can be affected as well. Bed bugs are hitchhikers that move from one man-made structure to the next, and they are more than capable of growing a population in an environment that is cooler than they'd like. A bed bug can survive for more than a week in temperatures as low as 32°F.

If it surprises you that bed bugs love the heat, it may be because you are aware that heat is one of the ways professionals exterminate bed bugs. But the temperature required to kill bed bugs is a lot hotter than 90°F. Professionals raise the temperature of a structure to above 120°F, and maintain that temperature for over 90 minutes.    

Tourism

As mentioned above, spring is the perfect time for people to visit the Lake Worth area. When they do, they can bring bed bugs with them. Bed bugs spread through passive dispersal. They don't live in the woods, they don't live in our yards, and they don't come in through holes in our exterior walls. Bed bugs climb into (or lay their eggs in) items that are transportable and ride from one location to the next. Here are a few things you should know:

  • Travelers that have a bed bug infestation may not know it. It can take time for the evidence of a bed bug infestation to rear its ugly head. Many of the people traveling into our state during the spring could be coming from a bedbug-infested home and not even know it.
  • Travelers can pick bed bugs up on the way. Hotels, motels, and other similar establishments are high-risk locations for bed bug infestations. This is because people come and go from these businesses on a regular basis and each guest has the potential to bring bed bugs in with them. Since bed bugs are carried in, special measures must be taken to guard against an infestation. If a business is not aware of this, they may mistakenly think their pest control plan covers bed bugs.
  • Many of the travelers that come to Florida in the spring are college students, and college students have a higher risk for picking up bed bugs. Students travel frequently--not just for spring break. The more a person travels, the more chances they have of coming in contact with bed bugs.
  • Bed bug infestations in college dormitories continue to rise. In a 2011 survey by the National Pest Management Association, it was found that 54 percent of pest control professionals encountered infestations of bed bugs in college dormitories.

Tropical Bed Bugs

In South Florida, we are starting to see a strain of bed bug we haven't seen since the 1940s. It is a tropical bed bug that thrives even more than other bed bugs in our tropical climate. But have no fear. While tropical bed bugs love the heat even more than other bed bugs, they can still be controlled with a heat treatment.

If you own property in Lake Worth or our extensive South Florida service area, let Nozzle Nolen help you safeguard against bed bugs. We offer industry-leading commercial and residential pest control solutions for bed bugs and other invasive pests. Jump over here to request a free inspection, and let's get started.   

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