Will cold temperatures kill bedbugs? If so , how long does it take?
There has been some research that indicates that freezing temperatures can kill bedbugs, but this method is not very effective. This research says that a deep freezer (big freezer chests only, regular household fridge/freezers do not get cold enough) can kill bedbugs, but the items must be left in the freezer for several weeks. Heat seems to kill bedbugs faster and more efficiently than freezing. Steamers that reach temperatures over 120 degrees are very effective for treating mattresses, box springs and other furniture. You can use any household dryer to kill bedbugs on clothing, shoes, stuffed animals and pillows. If you have a dryer with a rack inside, you can also place books, knickknacks and other items in the dryer to eliminate bedbugs (items must be left in dryer for about 30 minutes). We also carry the Packtite Portable Bedbug Heat Treatment device. The Packtite would enable you to treat just about any object that can fit inside of the device.
Answer last updated on: 01/02/2011