Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures that come out during the night to take a blood meal from unsuspecting, sleeping humans. They feast during the night, but they are rarely seen during the day. This is because they hide in concealed, often unnoticed locations. If you are trying to determine if you have bed bugs or hope to get rid of an infestation, you will need to learn where these hiding places are located. It would also be helpful to familiarize yourself with the common signs of bed bugs, so you will know what you are looking for.
Bed Bug Hiding Places Near the Bed
The majority of bed bugs live within just a few feet of a sleeping area. The most common bed bug hiding places involve the actual bed or bedding. Some common areas that need to be checked near the bed include: on sheets and comforters, in mattress seams, along mattress piping, on box springs, and in cracks or crevices of bed frames and headboards.
Bed Bug Hiding Places Throughout the Room
Once you have checked the hiding places immediately around the bed, expand your search out to other areas of the room. Using a flashlight, check nightstands, dressers, and other furniture. Make sure that you open drawers and turn them over to look for signs of bed bugs on the bottom. Bed bugs especially like upholstered furniture, so do a careful search on couches or chairs with fabric coverings. Likely hiding places include: under cushions, in seams or along cushion piping, and underneath the furniture where they fabric is attached to the wood frame. Bed bugs are so small and sneaky that they can even hide in the head of a screw.
Bed bug eggs, skins, nymphs, and adults on upholstered furniture
By Charlysays [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Bed Bug Hiding Places Around the Perimeter
If you do not find any bed bugs close by the bed, chances are good that you do not have a large infestation, but just to be sure, it is important to check the perimeter as well. Bed bugs often hide where the floor meets the wall. In carpet, this can be difficult to see, so you will need to do a thorough search. Behind baseboards or in cracks around the baseboards are also problem areas. Drapes or other window coverings can also be great hiding spots for bed bugs. Carefully examine the fabric for signs of bed bug activity. Wall hangings, light switches, and behind outlets can also house bed bugs. If bed bugs are found in wall voids and behind outlets, there is a strong likelihood that the bed bugs have managed to infiltrate other rooms of the house as well, so a more extensive search of the home may be necessary.
With so many hiding places, it is no wonder that bed bug infestations can become so large before people are even aware of a problem. Performing regular bed bug checks and taking precautions like encasing mattresses in protectors and being wise in your travel habits can ensure that you will catch any problems sooner rather than later. With a full line of useful home bed bug products, PF Harris is your source for all of your bed bug needs. From mattress protectors and traps to powders and sprays, our products will kill the bed bugs and help you reclaim your home.