Bedbugs are smart and they know where to hide. They’ll find the perfect spot and you will likely never look. They’re less than a quarter of an inch so they can fit into the smallest cracks and gaps. When they bite you at night, their bites will likely lead to red, painful welts. Below, you’ll learn more about the common places where bedbugs might hide.
Bed Mattresses & Box Springs
As the name confirms, bedbugs tend to hide in begs. Doing so guarantees that they stay close to their primary food source which is you. Your body releases heat, kairomones, and CO2 that attract bedbugs. Since people spend a third of their lives sleeping, bedbugs have plenty of time to feed. Check your mattress carefully to determine if you have a bedbug infestation.
You’ll also need to check the bed frame. Many frames are brown or reddish-brown. Bedbugs are reddish-brown so they’ll be able to blend in with the bed frame and remain undetected. When the infestation gets bigger, the bedbugs will have a harder time finding a hide so they’ll spread out.
Bed Sheets & Bedding
Don’t forget to check your bedding and bedsheets. Bedbugs can hide in your sheets, comforters, covers, and pillowcases. The good news is that it’ll be easier to find bedbugs hiding in your bedding than bedbugs hiding in the mattress.
Carpets & Rugs
If you have carpets or rugs in your bedroom, they could be used as a bedbug hiding place. Thanks to their small size, bedbugs can easily hide in the carpet. In most cases, bedbugs will only live in rugs and carpets in your bedrooms and living rooms. Vacuuming your carpet is a good way to get rid of them.
Couches, Love Seats, & Recliners
Bedbugs often hide in upholstered furniture. Once bedbugs are entered your home, they’ll climb onto the future and hide in it. Bedbugs can hide in your couch cushions and beneath your pillows. In addition to this, they might hide beneath the furniture.
Although bedbugs may hide in these spots, there are many alternative hiding spots. Below, you’ll learn more about some of the unique hiding spots of bedbugs.
Unique Bedbug Hiding Places
You may find bedbugs hiding in unique spots. Don’t forget to check the following because bedbugs might be hiding there too.
When you travel, you’ll likely stay at a motel. You might stay at a bedbug-infested motel. If this happens, the bedbugs could climb onto and into your luggage. Then, you’ll take your luggage home and the bedbugs will stay hidden in the bags. They’ll come out at night to feed on you before returning to the luggage in your closet. After spending a night at a motel, it is wise to check your luggage for bedbugs.
Wall Art & Decor
Bedbugs can climb your walls. As a result, they may decide to live in your home’s wall décor. Bedbugs prefer hiding in dark, warm spots so they may hide behind your wall décor and wall art. Check behind your pictures and picture frames because bedbugs could be hiding there.
Novels & Books
Believe it or not, bedbugs can hide in books and novels. They’re small enough to fit in the gap between the spine and binding of the book. In addition to this, they’ll be able to hide under the book’s protective cover. Bedbugs often hide in books when they’re stored near furniture.
Nightstands are the perfect place for bedbugs to hide. They’re close to your bed and have plenty of hiding space.
TVs, Computers, & Other Electronics
Unfortunately, bedbugs can hide in electronics. It doesn’t happen much, but it could. Most electrics are warm and they have tons of gaps to enter. Don’t be surprised if you find bedbugs in your alarm clock, television, or desktop computer.
You’ll also have to be worried about items located under the bed. If you’ve decided to store boxes under your bed, bedbugs will likely infest these items as well. To prevent this from happening, use airtight containers to prevent bedbugs from sneaking in. If you have identified a bedbug infestation in your home, call an exterminator so they can take care of the issue for you.