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Can an electric blanket kill bed bugs?

Sun, 11th Nov 2012

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Question

Mike in Clackton asked:

Does a heated or possibly an electric blanket kill off bed bugs or does it make them more active?

Answer

Toby -   It depends if youíve got a super-hot electric blanket, but no.

Chris -   A serious electric blanket, wouldnít it?

Toby -   Yes, exactly.  No, they're quite happy at the temperatures an electric blanket would have.  In fact, what's one of the hypotheses is that central heating, keeping the house a certain temperature has actually helped them.  They donít die off in the winter which they might have done back before we could maintain a constant temperature, but I donít think an electric blanket would have the best thing for you.

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