Ontario has experienced its coldest December in 57 years, and January hasn’t been much better.
Naturally, these harsh conditions turn our beds into fortresses of solitude. We bundle ourselves in blankets, warm and toasty, shielded from the frigid Fahrenheit plaguing the winter months:
Sadly, we have some bad news for our bed-loving brethren: winter is the season of bed bugs, and your one safe space may not be so safe after all.
Here’s what you need to know about the foul beasts who dare to sully our sleep.
Bed Bug Fact #1. They Are Worthy of Nighttime Terrors
There’s a reason why your parents told you not to let the bed bugs bite. It wasn’t simply platitude, but a genuine cry of concern.
These harbingers or horror love the darkness, and are mostly active during the night time, feeding fruitfully whilst you slumber.
Bed Bug Fact #2. They Have a Keen Fashion Sense
Bed bugs will happily harbour in your Hilfiger jeans and Helly Hanson jacket.
Most bed bug infestations occur after people come back from vacation, having picked up an unwanted passenger in their clothing during their trip. This is how bed bugs are capable of traveling such long distances!
Bed Bug Fact #3. They Fear Nothing
There’s an ongoing myth that bed bugs are scared of light, but it’s completely unfounded. Though they prefer the dark, but they’ll still bite when the lights are on.
The heat and carbon dioxide emitted from our bodies are far too appetizing for bed bugs to resist.
Bed Bug Fact #4. They Feed off Chaos
One of the best bed bug prevention methods is decluttering.
If your house belongs on Hoarders, you are ripe for the bed bug picking. They love using clutter as hiding spots.
So, it’s time to let go of your 25-year-old collection of 2L pop bottles. C’mon, you weren’t going to reuse them.
Bed Bug Fact #5. They Wouldn’t Thrive in the Arctic
While bed bugs can adapt under duress, there’s a limit to their durability. Scientists discovered that adult bed bugs can’t survive below -25°C.
Having said that, we still can’t suggest taking your infested mattress on a scenic drive to Ottawa on any given January afternoon. We love the creativity though.
Bed Bug Fact #6. They Have a Culinary Curiosity
Bed bugs are low maintenance when it comes to living accommodations, not limiting themselves to your mattress, clothing, or other furniture.
They’ll happily inhabit your kitchen appliances as well. Given their preference of heat and darkness, a recently turned-off oven is as luxurious as a stay at the Ritz Carlton.
Bed Bug Fact #7. They Are (Disgusting) Creatures of Habit
The feeding patterns of bed bugs are about as predictable as Don Cherry ranting about the lack of toughness displayed by European hockey players. And their choice to live under our mattress is a mere crime of convenience.
Bed bugs will nest as near to food sources (re: humans) as possible, feasting on their blood for up to 10 minutes at a time.
Bed Bug Fact #8. They Are Dedicated to the Cause
Bed bugs have a passion for feeding, and they’ll slog it out just for one bite—if they have to.
While their preference is to live under a mattress in the name of limited effort, these menaces will travel up to 30 meters to feed. When your average height is 5-6mm, 30 meters is quite the commute—especially in this weather!
Bed Bug Fact #9. They Have Child-Bearing Hips
A female bed bug lays about 200-500 eggs over time, and 1-5 bugs a day.
Think about those stats, then apply it to your hypothetically-infested mattress, and it should be enough motivation keep an eye out for any warning signs of bed bug infestations!
Your home could be a breeding ground for pests such as bed bugs during the winter months, and you must remain vigilant, keeping an eye out for any warning signs.
If your home has been overrun by a bed bug infestation, Terminix Canada provides environmentally-friendly pest and wildlife removal, control, and prevention services throughout the Greater Toronto Area.