Like most nuisance pests, these notoriously nasty bugs have a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding them. One understandable assumption is that they only inhabit beds. Despite their name, bed bugs can be found all over a property, including beds.
In honor of Bed Bug Awareness Week, here are 10 places bed bugs like to hide (that aren't beds).
1. Couches and Chairs
Most like a bed, it makes sense that bed bugs would like to inhabit other soft furniture. Bed bugs like cushioned furniture for their cracks and crevices which make hiding easier and of course their easy access to food (you!). Be sure to vacuum furniture in addition to the carpet, turning cushions to check for signs of infestation.
Bed bugs are often found in tight corners and crevices, and a loose baseboard makes the perfect habitat. It is important to make sure all baseboards are tightly secured and cleaned on a regular basis.
As terrifying as it sounds, bed bugs can live and thrive right on the wall. Wallpaper, which often begins to loosen over time, provides a suitable environment for bed bugs that find their way underneath.
4. Purses and Luggage
Bed bugs often enter a property in or on luggage or purses that were recently put down in an infested area. When staying in a hotel or motel, it is a good idea not to leave your suitcase or purse on the ground for too long. Even if you are staying at the nicest place in town, bed bugs do not discriminate and can easily infest a clean environment if they hitch a ride with the right person.
No one wants to think about bed bugs in their shoes, but it does happen. Bed bugs can enter the home this way and may also take up temporary residence in shoes or slippers.
Bed bugs are drawn to curtains for their easy shelter in close proximity to beds and other furniture. Decorative curtains are rarely moved or cleaned, making them even more habitable.
7. Window and Door Frames
Window and door frames are another favorite habitat for bed bugs, which like baseboards should be cleaned and checked regularly.
8. Temporary Storage
Cardboard boxes or other temporary storage brought into the home could be a great entry point for bed bugs. Be sure to check boxes you bring into your home, whether they are summer clothes or holiday décor.
9. Electrical Sockets
Many pests rely on electrical sockets for shelter with an easy entrance and exit. If you are seeing signs of a pest in or around an electrical socket, remove the plate with a screw driver to see inside. One great way to prevent this from happening is to buy baby-proofing socket plugs for sockets not in use.
A drawer that is not accessed regularly can become a great home for bed bugs. Keep drawers clean and organized, vacuuming out dust and debris when needed.
Have some bed bug trouble of your own? Bed bugs have grown increasingly resistant to pesticides which is why the experts at Advanced Integrated Pest Management recommend heat remediation whenever possible. In addition to being economical, heat treatments are environmentally friendly, fast, and efficient.
If you have more questions about bed bugs or the treatment options available call the experts at Advanced IPM and "Discover the Difference".