create an immensely difficult problem to deal with. Once they’ve invaded a residential
dwelling, the homeowner needs to find out and find a solution to deal with it. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. It is often difficult to identify bedbug
infestations because these pests hide exceptionally well. They’re a quarter of an inch at the maximum so this makes them harder to spot. Find out where they hide and you’ll know where to check first.
Where Do Bedbugs Hide In Homes?
It is important to know where bedbugs
hide in residential
dwellings. Once you’ve found out, you’ll know where to check.
Mattress & Box Springs
Research has shown that 90% of bedbugs
in an infestation will hide on mattresses and box springs. Bedbugs
can detect the CO2, heat
, and kairomones released by the human body. When you sleep at night, nearby bedbugs
will detect these things so they’ll know it is okay to come out and eat. Consumers spend a lot of their lives sleeping. Therefore, they’ll have plenty of time to feed on your blood.
Corners & Cracks On Bed Frames
Before looking elsewhere, it is wise to check your bed frame. As the infestation grows, these pests will need to find new places to hide. Your mattress will become overcrowded so these pests are going to move to the bed frame. They’re reddish-brown and can blend in with the furniture. Still, you should be able to see them in small cracks and corners.
Covers, Sheets, & Pillowcases
will hide elsewhere once the infestation grows. Many will spread out and hide on sheets, covers, and pillowcases. On the plus side, this will make it easier to spot them. When they’re crawling on your sheets and covers, you can see them easier. The only downside is that you’ll still need to find a way to get rid of them.
Carpets & Rugs
When you have carpets and rugs in your bedroom, they’re going to be good hiding places for the bedbugs in your home. In general, bedbugs will only hide on the rugs and carpets in bedrooms and living rooms. However, they might hide elsewhere too. Bedbugs may climb out of your luggage and hide between the carpet’s fibers. Alternatively, they might climb off of your shoe and hide there.
Furniture & Couches
Bedbugs can indeed hide on couches and other furniture. They prefer upholstered furniture because it gives them more hiding spots. If you’ve bought used furniture, bedbugs could be hiding on it. They can hide between pillows on the couch. They can also slip between the couch’s cushions and hide there. Finally, bedbugs are going to hide underneath the furniture. You’ll need to lay on the floor or flip the couch over to find them.
These are the most common hiding spots for bedbugs, but they may hide elsewhere. Below, you’ll discover more about the unique places bedbugs hiding in residential dwellings.
Other Places Bedbugs Hide
Bedbugs can hide elsewhere in your home. They’ll hide in the following places.
A short road trip could lead to a bedbug infestation. If you spend the night at an infested motel, bedbugs are going to climb in your luggage and on your clothes. Many bedbug infestations start with a vacation. Once you’ve returned home, the luggage will contain bedbugs. There is a good chance that you’re going to find bedbugs climbing out of your luggage. It is wise to take steps to prevent them from getting into your luggage during a stay at a motel. Make sure that you use the luggage rack and place it in the middle of the room. When you return, immediately use your dryer to eliminate the bedbugs hiding on your clothes. Follow this advice and you might be able to avoid an infestation.
Decorations On Walls
You’ll also have to check the hanging decorations you have in your home. Unwanted guests could be hiding behind the pictures and paintings on your walls. They’ll climb the walls and hide behind these items. Remove them and find out if they’re hiding behind your paintings.
Reading before bed is a good way to prepare to sleep. If you do this, you might place your novel next to your bed. Unfortunately, books offer hiding places for bedbugs as well. Bedbugs will climb up the furniture legs and climb into the book. They can hide behind the book’s protective cover. They’ll also hide between the binding and spine. Check these spots to find out if you have bedbugs.
Nightstands are beneficial but they’re good hiding places too. If you have bedbugs and a nightstand in your bedroom, you can guarantee that bedbugs are going to hide on the nightstand. They’ll hide in the drawers and under it.
Don’t forget that bedbugs can hide in electronic devices. These pests can slip through the small vent holes on televisions, laptops, and computers. They’ll sneak through and hide with the warm internal components. You likely have an alarm clock next to your bed. If you do, bedbugs are going to hide in it too.
Finally, bedbugs can hide in boxes stored under beds. If you’re going to store items under your bed, you need to use durable boxes with secured lids. Make sure that bedbugs cannot enter the box to prevent them from hiding there. Once you’ve discovered bedbugs in your home, call our office. We’ll be ready to help you deal with the infestation.