Bed bugs usually prefer to live inside your home. But in some cases, they can live outside. So, can bed bugs live in your car and how to get rid of them?
WHAT DO BED BUGS LOOK LIKE?
Bed bugs are small bugs 1 to 5 mm sized and they are oval-shaped. They have 6 legs and 2 antennas. They do not have wings so, they can’t fly. They also cannot jump.
You can check this post for main physical features of bed bugs:
DO BED BUGS LIVE OUTSIDE?
Living in a car means living outside. As you justify, environmental conditions will become harder then inside home for bed bugs.
But they can still survive outside. Especially those places which keep bed bugs from over-heat and over-cold will be good options for them:
A car or a tent outside will provide them better conditions. Because no matter how hot or cold the air is, inside a car will help them keeping their body temperature stabilized.
HOW LONG CAN A BED BUG LIVE IN A CAR?
The answer is exactly like that question:
Living period of a bed bug always depends how much they fed and how ideal the environmental conditions are.
A car will provide them survival conditions by keeping them away form heat or cold.
Ideal temperature for bed bugs to keep living is between 113°F and 0°F. So, bed bugs will probably survive in your car for a long time.
Second factor is feeding. A well-fed bed bug can survive for more than a year without feeding. If you have bed bugs enough fed before, then you have a serious problem.
WHERE TO FIND BED BUGS IN YOUR CAR?
Bed bugs always hide. They never walk around until they’re hungry. Unless they need feeding immediately, you can’t see them at day time, because they prefer to move at nights.
This means that you need to search your car to find them. When you think they love hiding, you must check those places below where they can hide:
- Under car mats
- Inside car seats
- Car trunk
- Deep and darker corners
- Tears in ceiling
- Glove compartment
While bed bugs are small insects, it’s going to be hard to find them. So, you must have a flashlight, credit card and magnifying glass to find them:
HOW TO GET RID OF BED BUGS IN A CAR?
It won’t be easy because cars are narrow and it’s difficult to move in it. Even if you find bed bugs on somewhere inside your car, you can’t just get rid of your seats or mats.
What you must do is to get rid of bed bugs while you keep using your car. There are two main stages for getting rid of them in a car:
- Use a powerful vacuum cleaner and get all bed bugs in it. Make sure you get in all holes, cracks and deep corners.
- Clean inside your car with detergent cloth carefully.
Steps above are what you can do by yourself. But whatever you do, you will probably not be able to reach every single crack or hole where bed bugs keep hiding.
So, the best way, according to me is to use a heater. A bed bug steamer or heat machine will have better results.
It’s going to be easy to heat inside the car to kill bed bugs for a heat machine. You can buy or hire one.
A better way is to hire a professional pest controller to do this for you, if you have a budget for this.
WHAT IF YOU CAN’T GET RID OF BED BUGS IN YOUR CAR
Having bed bugs in a car brings a risk with it: You can carry them into your home by your clothes or body.
Believe me, it will be a bigger problem when you have bed bugs at home. It might be effect on your Health. So, if you haven’t got any bed bugs in your home and you realize that you have in your car, after some try, getting rid of the car itself may be the best way.
You must always think of selling your car after a bed bug invasion. So not forget to say the reason you sell your car to the buyer.
BED BUGS VS CARS
Can bed bugs live in your car? Yes, they can. What you should worry is how to get rid of them.
When you have bed bugs at home, using chemicals or homemade remedies are recommended for some cases.
But it’s going to be dangerous to use chemicals in a narrow area such as a car and homemade remedies like using diatomaceous earth or borax will limit your moves in the car.
Be sure that hiring a professional pest expert will be the best option. A powerful heater used by an exterminator will help you get rid of bed bugs.
You can check posts below to see how borax and diatomaceous earth are used for bed bugs: