Did you ever play hide-and-go-seek when you were a kid? If you did, you probably remember what it was like to find the perfect hiding place. What was the best place you ever hid? Was it under the bed? Was it under, or behind, the couch? Was it some secret place that only you could get into? Well, you have something in common with bed bugs
. Here is a list of some of the places bed bugs hide, and a little insight into why they choose these places.
This one seems obvious. Of course bed bugs hide in beds. That's why they have the word bed in their name. Yes, but there are two very important things you should know. First, we get the name bed bug from the scientific name Cimex lectularius. Cimex means bug, and lectularius mean bed or couch--no just bed. This is an important point that we'll get deeper into later on in this article. The second thing you should know is that bed infestations aren't always easy to find. There are many places in a bed that bed bugs can hide.
- Seams. These are the first place you should always search for bed bugs and the signs of bed bugs. Bed bugs love tight spaces.
- Corners. The rounded corners on mattresses and box springs should be a focus of your investigation because they can hold a larger population.
- Bed frames. You can find bed bugs anywhere on a frame, but the most common place bed bugs will hide is in recesses or pockets that form in joints and areas that have been welded.
- Underneath. When searching mattresses, box springs, and frames, be sure to check underneath. If you search from the top down, you are likely to miss these pests.
- Backboards. Bed bugs can be in any nook or cranny, including those found in backboards.
If you have a bed stand, night stand, or some other piece of furniture near your bed, it could be the location of your infestation. Search for any gaps, cracks, or pockets where bed bugs could hide themselves in, as they wait between feedings.
Any electronic item in your room that has hollow compartments inside can be an ideal space for bed bugs to hide. The closer these objects are to the bed, the greater the chance that they will have bugs in them. Examine your alarm clock, computer, and other electronics for black streaks, black droppings, white eggs, or shed insect skins.
As we mentioned above, lectularius doesn't mean bed. It refers to a bed or couch. This name was chosen because bed bugs don't just feed on sleeping people. They can feed on us when we're fully awake. It's okay. You can go ahead and gasp. This is a safe place. No one is going to judge you.
If bed bugs have gotten into your home, it is quite possible that they may take up residence in your upholstered furniture. That means that, while you're relaxing with a nice movie and eating popcorn, something could be eating you. Here are some of the places they hide in upholstered furniture.
- Seams. If you have bed bugs in your couch or barcalounger, the seams are the first place you should check for them.
- Stitching. Often, bed bugs tuck eggs (or themselves) into areas of stitching.
- Pockets. If you have a pocket on your furniture that holds magazines, books, or other reading material, these are perfect hiding spots for bed bugs.
- Underneath. Be sure to look at your furniture from every angle.
- Nooks. If you have any place for bed bugs to tuck themselves away, they'll use it.
- Inside. Bed bugs can work their way into cushions.
These are just some of the many places bed bugs can hide in a home. They can be found behind baseboards, in carpets, inside outlets, underneath crown molding, deep in wall voids, and more. It is important to search all of these places for these tiny six-legged bugs, their shed skins, brown stains, tiny white eggs, black droppings, black streaks, and patches of black residue.
If you find bed bugs in your South Portland home, it is time to call Big Blue Bug Solutions. Our team has the education and resources to effectively eradicate these blood-eating pests. For more information, or to schedule immediate service, give us a call or contact us
right here through our website.