While their name may suggest that they like nothing better than snuggling under the covers, bed bugs don't just infest beds. In fact, these hardy pests are quite happy to branch out and infest other spaces.
What Do Bed Bugs Want?
When trying to judge where bed bugs are likely to venture, it helps to understand what motivates them. Bed bugs do not care about hygiene or sanitation. They are looking for a ready source of convenient meals. These obligatory hematophagous ectoparasites only feed on the blood of vertebrates. Sleeping humans are an ideal food source, so they are only too happy to follow them home from a hotel, retail space, cruise ship, school, cab, nursing home, or virtually any other public space.
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Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?
In the early stages of an infestation, beds are the most common place to find bed bugs. However, they don't limit themselves to bedding. Since slumbering humans are easy prey, they tend to lurk near areas where people rest or relax, but they can utilize any small, concealed space or crevice. Bed bugs can hide in a wide range of places:
- In the mattress or bedding
- Along the bed frame
- Behind the headboard
- Under the nightstand
- Inside upholstered furniture
- Behind light switches or outlet covers
- Behind wallpaper
- Within draperies or window coverings
- Behind pictures or artwork
- Among clutter or collectibles
- In baseboards
- Inside the walls
- Under rugs or carpeting
How Do Bed Bugs Spread?
How do bed bugs reach such a diverse assortment of locations? While these stealthy parasites cannot fly, they can crawl. They are able to travel easily along wires, pipes, joists, furniture and other hidden highways. They are also talented hitchhikers. They can stow away in shopping bags and pockets and catch rides on the cuffs of pants and shoelaces. In addition, they can reach new locations by concealing themselves inside boxes, packages, luggage and used furniture. Small and decidedly nonconfrontational in nature, bed bugs do not advertise their presence. Instead, they tend to move around stealthily when things are quiet and their activities are more likely to go unnoticed. In fact, a small infestation can be very tricky to detect. However, as the infestation grows in size and more bed bugs begin competing for resources, your chance of spotting one increases.
Bed bugs are incredibly resilient, so eradicating an infestation is a challenge that's best entrusted to professionals. If you suspect that bed bugs or other pests have invaded your property, don't wait. Contact Impact Pest Elimination today for prompt, effective pest control services.