How to Use a Freezer Bag to Kill Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are nasty little parasites that can invade our beds and bring unwanted surprises during the night or early morning hours. Although bed bugs do not spread disease or pose a serious health danger, they do cause some quite unpleasant issues. And the effects of a bed bug bite vary from person to person: responses range from an absence of any physical signs of the actual bite, to a small, mildly itchy bite mark, to the more serious allergic reaction.
How to Kill Bed Bugs by Freezing them in a Bag
There are several ways to get rid of these critters through the use of common insecticides, or by calling a professional pest control company for major infestations. One of the more eco-friendly methods for getting rid of bed bugs is to actually freeze them. According to a recent study by the Entomological Society of America (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-12/esoa-bbc120513.php) homeowners can place bed bug-infested items into the freezer to destroy them, making sure to first place the infested items (bed sheets, clothes, pillows, etc. into a plastic freezer bag http://www.interplas.com/reclosable-bags/minigrip-food-storage-bags. These plastic bags should then remain in the freezer for a period of 2-4 days, depending on the temperature to which they are exposed. More specifically, if the temperature is below minus 20 degrees Celsius 48 hours of exposure should be adequate. If the temperature is slightly warmer, at minus 16 degrees Celsius, the bag of infested items should remain for a minimum of 80 hours.