It’s not only homes that can be affected by bed bugs — a wide range of vehicles can be affected as well. The reason is simple: if you spend long hours in your vehicle and it’s warm, the bed bugs have a good place to hide and feed. As a result, you sometimes need bed bug treatments to eliminate these pests.
Bed Bug Treatment Areas
Those driving 18-wheelers and RVs are particularly vulnerable. These vehicles typically include a sleeping area so that you can get some rest even when you’re on the road, and because these sleeping areas ensure close contact with exposed skin, bed bugs can infest them.
Even worse, bed bug exposure is even more likely for certain people if they often use motels because these beds tend to be more susceptible to cross contamination. Consequently, the bed bugs are transferred to the cab or the RV and deposited there.
Because bed bugs can last for up to a year without feeding, they essentially can survive from season to season. Provided the bedding in the RV or truck never drops below approximately 0 degrees Fahrenheit — and most RVs are stored away from colder climes and undercover to prevent this — they can simply feed the next time someone gets in.
The trick to spotting bed bugs is to know what to look for. They don’t have wings, but they do have pincers. Those who have fed recently tend to look redder and are swollen, and when you squash them, they exude blood. They’re approximately the size of an apple seed and are oval.
In addition, you may notice rather itchy bites, particularly if you react to them. Welts, which are raised bumps, may appear on your skin. These occur most often on your ankles and arms, particularly if you wear pajamas.
Treating Bed Bugs
If you suspect you have bed bugs in your RV or truck, you need to treat them right away; otherwise, they could become a recurring problem. If you’re in a particularly warm climate, it may be enough to leave your vehicle uncovered without air-conditioning so that it reaches at least 118 degrees inside. This is very similar to the temperatures that Environmental Heat uses to exterminate bed bugs. Bed bugs, larvae and eggs die at this temperature.
However, you may need to take different action if this temperature is unrealistic. First, bag up all the items in your RV and seal them. This includes luggage, clothing, briefcases and even clothes hangers. Then, remove them from the RV, and use an industrial dryer to heat these items up to this temperature for at least 90 minutes — albeit not in the bags. Dispose of the old bags well away from your home, and use new ones to transport your items back home.
In some cases, you may wish to apply pesticides inside your RV. However, many bed bugs are resistant to certain pesticides, so heat treatments may be the best solution. These raise the internal temperature of your vehicle up to 118 degrees so that all pests are eliminated quickly and efficiently. This bed bug treatment also ensures anything in the nooks and crannies — including behind the beds and in the closets — is eliminated, which is particularly useful when you can’t easily access these areas.
If you’re looking for powerful bed bug treatments that work, talk to us today. We can advise you on your bed bug treatment plan and talk about your options, whether they’re in your vehicle, home or business.