Common Places To Find Bed Bugs In Your Home
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of once they've infested a home or rental property. These tiny, blood-sucking pests are experts at hiding in hard-to-reach places, making them tricky to locate them and even harder to eradicate.
Where property owners are likely to find bed bugs
If you're worried about bed bugs in your home, it's important to know where to look for them. Here are a few places where bed bugs are known to hide:
- Mattresses and box springs
Bed bugs love to hide in the seams and crevices of mattresses and box springs in part because it allows them to stay very close to their food source – the occupants of the bed.
- Headboards and bedframes
Again, the close proximity to their blood meal(s), make the cracks and crevices of headboards and bedframes very appealing hiding spots for bed bugs. Upholstered headboards will also fit the bill just lovely.
- Couches and upholstered furniture
Not only will bed bugs take advantage of the cushions and fabric folds of couches and upholstered, they’ll even crawl further in to the frames. When nighttime hits, they’ll come out for feeding.
Outlets make great hiding spots for bed bugs because they’re in every room and more often than not, close to beds and the people that rest in them.
Just like outlets, bed bugs can live in electronics like gaming systems, sound bars, and desktop computers.
- Wall Voids
Wall voids offer bed bugs a safe place to rest during the day that is still relatively close to where they feed at night.
- Under carpeting and behind baseboards
Because bed bugs have flat bodies, they can squeeze into any space with relative ease – including under carpeting and behind baseboards.
Although you might be likely to spot a bed bug crawling across your shirt or pants, you probably wouldn’t notice them if they hid out in a pile of clothes left on the floor near the bed.
Signs of bed bugs to keep an eye out for
- Live, adult bed bugs
- Bloodstains on bedding and fabric
- Fecal matter
- Shed skins
- Bed bug eggs
How to inspect for bed bugs
Once you know what you’re looking for, you’ll need to grab a flashlight (your smart phone will do) and start inspecting the areas we just highlighted above. Make sure you remove bedding, open drawers, and be extremely thorough in your inspection. Remember, you may not actually see bed bugs since your eyes cannot go everywhere they can crawl.
If you’re still not sure if you have bed bugs or worse, you find these pests in your home, the best thing to do is contact a pest control company that specializes in bed bug control.
Contact EnviroPest for bed bug control in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs & NoCo
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This blog was originally posted on April 27, 2016 but has been updated with new information.
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