Can an electric blanket kill bed bugs?

11 November 2012

Question

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

Answer

Toby - It depends if you've got a super-hot electric blanket, but no.

Chris - A serious electric blanket, wouldn't 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 don't die off in the winter which they might have done back before we could maintain a constant temperature, but I don't think an electric blanket would have the best thing for you.

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