Are you in your room and worried about bed bugs? Today, bed bugs can be found in almost every region of the world and in all 50 states. With bed bugs hitchhiking on humans and their belongings, it is natural to wonder, “where do bed bugs live?”
Bed bugs are active mainly at night and prefer to feed on humans. During the daytime, they will typically hide in close proximity to their host. Their flattened bodies enable them to fit into tiny crevices. In your room, the cracks and crevices closest to the host are most commonly found right on or around the bed.
WHERE DO BED BUGS LIVE?
Due to their transitory nature, bed bugs can come back home from you when traveling. Or they can be in a hotel room that you check into. Whether you're worried about bed bugs at home or in a hotel room, perform a quick inspection to see if there is any evidence of infestation, especially before unpacking in a hotel.
The top three places you should always check for bed bugs in a room are:
The box springs.
The bed frame including headboard.
The mattress – look all over, including the tufts, folds and buttons.
While the mattress, box spring and bed frame are the three most common areas to find evidence of a bed bug infestation, bed bugs are found on furniture, such as desks and chairs, behind wallpaper, clocks and pictures, cracks in wood floors and under the edge of carpet.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF BED BUGS?
Here are the top signs of bed bugs in a room:
Dark spotting and staining, which is the dried fecal matter of the bed bugs.
Bed bug eggs (about the size and color of a small grain of rice).
Shed skins of juvenile bed bugs.
Adult bugs or bug carcasses.
Rusty or reddish smears on bed sheets or mattresses from crushed, engorged bed bugs.
Before returning home from traveling, or if you have been in an area where you suspect bed bug activity, it is also a good idea to check your luggage before entering your home. By staying alert for signs of bed bugs, you can avoid unwanted exposure and infestation.
If you suspect activity while traveling, alert the hotel management. If you find evidence of bed bugs in your home, call Terminix®.