Once you’ve confirmed that your home has bedbugs, you need to take steps to exterminate them. Unfortunately, bedbugs are tricky pests that can hide around your home. You may believe that all bedbugs are going to hide in your mattress, but this isn’t the case. A lot of them will, but not all of them. Instead, many of these pests can take shelter in some odd locations. Below, you’ll find out about some of the unique places bedbugs hide in a residential dwelling.
Common Spots Where Bedbugs Hide
Mattresses And Box Springs
First and foremost, you’ll need to look carefully at your mattress and box springs. When you sleep at night, these objects remain close to your body. Bedbugs like hiding here because it ensures that they stay close to you. When they come out at night, they won’t need to travel far before they reach their food source. Bedbugs will hide in the smallest crevices in the mattress, so you’ll need to look carefully.
Bed Frame Crevices
Bedbugs are reddish-brown, so they often blend in with bed frames. As a result, they prefer hiding in bed frames as well. Bed frames have many corners and crevices so they’ll use those crevices to hide. When the bedbug population exploded, they’ll have a hard time fitting in these cracks. As a result, the bedbugs in your home will become more visible.
Bed Clothes, Sheets, And Pillowcases
Some of your bedclothes are not moved from the bed. Plus, they have lots of small crevices. Bedbugs like hiding in these cracks and crevices. If they can find small folds in your pillowcase or comforter, they’ll hide in that fold. You can find bedbugs hiding here easier than bedbugs hiding in the mattress.
Carpets & Rugs
Although they’re further from the bedbug’s food source, carpets and rugs are still good hiding places for bedbugs. Carpets and rugs have tall fibers so bedbugs can hide in between them. They’re as thin as a credit card. As a result, they can easily crawl through the fibers without getting stuck or spotted.
Bedbugs will also hide in your furniture. You can find them living in your couch’s pillows, cracks, gaps, and holes. Furthermore, they will hide underneath the furniture. They can find plenty of cracks and corners at the bottom of the furniture. Plus, they know that you’re rarely going to check these locations.
Although these are common bedbug hiding places, there are many more.
Other Strange Hiding Places For Bedbugs
Bedbugs can hide almost anywhere. Although it sounds strange, they’ll hide in the following items too.
Bedbugs travel in luggage. When you travel the country and spend the night in a motel, you may get bedbugs in your luggage and clothes. When your return home, you’ll throw your luggage on the ground and forget about it. Although some bedbugs may leave the luggage, others will stay there. As a result, you’ll need to check your luggage to see if bedbugs are hiding inside.
Decorations On Your Walls
Most people hang pictures and painting on their walls because they add energy to the room. The only downside is that bedbugs might hide behind your wall decorations. A painting’s frame will have many cracks and crevices. Bedbugs will hide between the frame and the canvas. They’ll also hide in the frame of pictures. Check them to see if bedbugs are hiding in your wall decorations.
You likely enjoy reading novels before you go to sleep at night. You place your book on a nearby desk or stand and forget about it, but bedbugs may be hiding in those books. Bedbugs can hide in the book’s protective covering and the gap between the binding and spine.
You’ll also want to carefully examine your bedroom’s nightstand and tables. Bedbugs can enter their doors and hide underneath them too. Nightstands are close to your bed, so they’re a good hiding place for hungry bedbugs.
Electronics, Computers, And Televisions
Finally, you’ll be surprised to learn that bedbugs can hide in your electronic devices. Many electronics have small holes for venting purposes so the internal components remain cool. Although this works, it also gives the bedbugs a good hiding spot. They can crawl inside of the electronic device and stay there until you go to sleep at night.
If you’re worried that your home is infested with bedbugs, you’ll need to check the items stored under your bed too. Many people hide boxes full of pictures, clothes, and other items under their beds. If so, there is a risk that bedbugs are going to enter the boxes and hide inside. When storing items under your bed, make sure that they’re secure and bedbugs can’t get inside.