Where Do Bed Bugs Hide In The Winter?

March 2, 2016 by Doug Moore


A number of animals are known to slumber in the winter, while others tend to slow or alter their normal activities.  This is because their bodies cannot adapt to the cold very well, so they find themselves feeling more sluggish than normal.  

This explains why it’s so hard to get rid of your relatives after Christmas dinner.

Many insects are the same way.  They are unable to cope as well in the cold as they can in the warmer months of the year, so they become more scarce than normal.  For some homeowners, this prompts a very simple question: where do bed bugs hide in the winter?

Where do bed bugs hide outside when it’s cold?
This a tricky question, because there is one simple truth to face: bed bugs do not stay outside when it gets cold.  Bed bugs might be difficult to get rid of, especially in the case of an infestation, but their bodies are fragile.  If they attempted to stay outside during winter, they wouldn’t stand a chance.  They would quickly die off.

Unfortunately, bed bugs are very aware of this, so they don’t even attempt to survive outside in the cold.  Nor do they hibernate like certain animals.  Instead, they find their way inside your home, where they can stay warm and pretend that the cold winter months don’t even exist.

Where do bed bugs hide inside when it’s cold?
Now that we’ve established that there is no chance that bed bugs will attempt to stay outside since it would mean certain death, you must consider where they will hide inside your house.  Although the simple answer would be that bed bugs will hide in the same areas as they do during other parts of the year, it is important that you pay closer attention to places that are heated during the winter.

For example, instead of concentrating on searching for evidence of bed bugs in attics or basements where it might be chilly, look in the warmer areas of your house such as bedrooms.  As always, bed bugs will hide in cracks and holes in the wall, along with inside mattresses and other furniture, where they will take up residence until such time that they can venture out (usually at night) and find a juicy person to sink their teeth into. No matter the season, always be on the lookout for these nasty parasites!

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