If you know nothing at all about bed bugs
, you likely know they are notoriously cryptic pests. With the ability to stay hidden in the cracks and crevices of the home, these creepy crawlers can stay hidden for months at a time before getting caught. Of course, they must come out and feed on human or animal blood at some point, but not everyone reacts to these bites. You and your family could be getting eaten up and not even know it. Therefore, it is best to know where these creepy crawlers hide. There are some chosen locations they prefer in the home to others and there are reasons for this. Here’s what you need to know.
Box Springs And Mattresses
With a name like bed bugs
, it probably doesn’t surprise anyone to learn that these bugs prefer to hide near as the bed as possible. However, the reason for this is because it provides them with quick, easy access to their food source. When they hide in the mattress they can simply stay hidden and come out and feed when you least suspect it. In addition to this, they are attracted to expelled CO2 and kairomones.
Cracks And Crevices In Bed Frames
There are ubiquitous gaps, cracks, and crevices in a single bed frame. Where the side rails meet the head and footboards, where the wood naturally cracks, and in the designs. These all create suitable potential hiding environments for the bed bug. They can easily hop out from these locations, feed, and jump right back into hiding.
The one good thing about a sheet and linen infestation is they are much easier to locate. It’s a whole lot easier to find bugs sitting on top of your sheets, rather than having to dig in cracks for them. Consider yourself lucky if you find bedbugs
sitting on your sheets. The only problem with this is it might mean that more bedbugs
are lurking nearby. The only way to know for sure is by knowing the other potential hiding spots for these creepy crawlers.
Rugs And Carpets
Rugs and carpets don’t seem like a go-to hiding spot for bed bugs,
but it is, unfortunately, they are just one of the many places in the home they’ll choose to hide. The reason for this is because it provides the quick, easy access they need to necessary amenities in the home. This being said, rugs and carpets usually serve as a stop-off point for these creepy crawlers, as they’ll hide here after unlatching from luggage, shoes, other clothing items.
Couches And Upholstered Furniture
Why wouldn’t bed bugs
choose to hide in couches and furniture? They choose to hide in beds. A couch virtually equates to the same environment. In addition to this, couches and other upholstered furniture are oftentimes installed in bedrooms. People commonly sleep on these pieces as well, providing the bugs with quick and easy feeding access.
Suitcases And Luggage
Speaking of bugs unlatching from suitcases, this is just another of the common hiding places for these creepy crawlers. A suitcase offers access to a variety of pockets, nooks, and crannies these bugs can delve deep into. There is also the clothing they can get into if they can get inside the luggage. Unfortunately, this is where the real problems will begin for homeowners.
Wallpaper, ornaments, and family pictures. These items can really tie a room together and provide a kind of warmth that you won’t get from other items. Unfortunately, they also create the perfect environmental conditions for bed bugs. They are dark, damp, and provide quick access to most food sources. Other than wallpaper, you might be able to pull these items off the walls, clean them with suitable chemicals, and reinstall them. However, if there is a heavy infestation in the home, it is possible these unwanted invaders will return to the scene of the crime.
You probably don’t mind reading all about bed bugs, but you certainly don’t want to sit down, open a classic, and have a bed bug jump out at you. Unfortunately, this is a real possibility in a heavily infested home. Just keep in mind, these bugs tend to burrow into the spines and front covers, rather than choosing to hide between the pages. Either way, it’s not something you’ll want to contend with. And, you won’t have to when you take advantage of our pest management services.
The places mentioned above are just a few of the common, preferred hiding spots for bed bugs. There are tons of other places these bugs will hide. In fact, there are too many to list. Therefore, it is imperative to acquire the assistance of a pest management professional when hunting for these bugs in the home. We are here and will help in any way possible.