Many bugs that we deal with in our area we could consider seasonal pests. For example, ants tend to visit us mostly in the spring and summer months, when the temperatures outdoors begin to rise. In the fall when the first frost comes, most ant problems inside our homes tend to disappear. Pests like hornets and wasps tend to bother us mostly in the summer and fall months, but as soon as winter arrives, we hardly even remember we had a problem with them. But what about bed bugs? Do they have a specific season in which they are especially active? According to a new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, it appears they do!
Believe it or not, up until now, there is very little known about the seasonal trends among bed bug populations. If you were to ask any bed bug control professional, they might tell you that phone calls from clients that are concerned about a bed bug infestation seem worse in the summer months, or any time of the year when people travel a significant amount. It is indeed now obvious that bed bugs seem to be more active in warmer weather and that the increased temperature could be a driver of these pests to migrate to other homes as well as for increased breeding.
The study, titled “Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) Reporting in Philadelphia, PA” came from analyzing calls to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Vector Control Services between the years of 2008 and 2012. The phone calls were then mapped to achieve a clearer picture of the problem and where exactly it was happening. Reports of bed bugs increased almost 70% from 2008 to 2012, with more than half of all pest infestations reported by the city associated to bed bugs. Infestations peaked in the month of August and reached a low in February, according to the research. They determined that bed bugs most likely move more frequently during the warmer months with increased reproduction happening during that time as well.
At Witt, we know that bed bugs in Pittsburgh are a problem throughout the year, but we have definitely noticed the severity of infestations being greater during the warmer months. No matter when our clients identify a bed bug problem, we know how to get rid of bed bugs. Call today to learn about bed bug heat treatments, canine bed bug inspections, and other bed bug treatments in Pittsburgh.