Bed bug season has historically begun May 1st and ended around November 1st, but many people are confused why there is a season at all given bed bugs are a year round pest.
To better understand why there is a season one must better understand our own routine habits. The following two main points explain why there is a bed bugs season after all.
Although bed bugs can develop and reproduce at lower temperatures (less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit), they appear to reproduce faster and are more active when the room they occupy is warmer (75 degree Fahreheit +). During the winter months many people keep their thermostat below 70 degrees to save money. I’ve even spoken to a some people that keep their house at 60 degrees, which is a bit cold in my opinion!
In the summer months the oposite occurs and people keep their thermostats higher to save money, which makes it more likely to see bed bugs more active during the day and night. It also increases the speed in which a bed bug develops from a stage 1 instar to an adult bed bug. Although someone may have had bed bugs during the winter months, they may not notice the infestation until the warmer months when bed bugs become more active and obvious.
Busy Travel Months:
During bed bug season (the summer months) many families do their yearly traveling to see family, friends, theme parks, foreign countries, etc. This increase in travel and hotel stays increases the risk of bringing a bed bug hitchhiker home with you. Bed bug season peaks during August and September when families have returned home from their trips and are now beginning to notice bites, fecal matter and blood spots. It’s also two of the hottest months of the year.
Bed bugs appear to be here to stay. Taking the right prevention steps while you travel may help reduce the chances of bringing one home.