Where Do Bed Bugs Hide in a Home?

Goodnight! Sleep tight! Don’t let the bed bugs bite. 

That sounds good… But how? Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to get rid of. This is partly because they reproduce quickly, but mostly because colonies can survive for up to a year without food!

You may have a bed bug problem without ever seeing an actual bed bug. This is because bed bugs are extremely small and hide away during the day. 

Where do bed bugs hide? Unfortunately, nearly everywhere. Read on to learn all about bed bugs, their hiding spots, and signs they’ve moved into your home.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small bugs found in regions all around the world. While they prefer to feed on human blood, they will also feed on other warm-blooded creatures. This includes dogs, cats, birds, and rodents. They are typically nocturnal creatures and are most active just after midnight. 

Unfortunately, altering your sleep schedule has little effect on bed bugs’ feeding. The little critters are drawn to the carbon dioxide you emit while you breathe. During your REM cycle of sleep, your breathing becomes heavier and you emit higher levels of carbon dioxide. After a week of sleeping during the day and being active at night, bed bugs will catch on and alter their feeding schedules, even if they would prefer to feed in darkness! 

Bed bugs don’t have many preferences when it comes to finding a home. They are equally likely to thrive in a clean or dirty environment, as well as in personal or public spaces. Cluttered environments, however, can make it more difficult to control bed bug populations, as there are more spots for them to hide in. 

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

Because bed bugs are naturally nocturnal creatures, they will find crevices to hide in during the day. They have negative phototaxis and positive thigmotaxis, which means they will avoid light and search for tight spaces respectively. And if an adult bed bug is disturbed, it emits pheromones that warn other bed bugs to hide away. 

Because bed bugs are wingless and small, they rarely crawl long distances. You will find the majority of bed bugs in your bedroom, hiding near your bed. If they fancy a long-distance trip, they’ll cling to suitcases, used furniture, or clothing. Be wary of bringing bed bugs home with you after a vacation.  

Hiding Spots for Adult Bed Bugs 

Bed bugs like darkness and the security that tight spots bring them. If you’re searching for bed bugs, be sure to look in these places: 

  • seams of mattresses 
  • seams of bed linens or throw cushions
  • cracks in wooden trim 
  • beneath peeling wallpaper 
  • box springs 
  • between the threads of carpets and rugs 
  • beneath wall hangings 
  • dresser drawers
  • folds in curtains 
  • joints of furniture pieces 
  • beneath electrical outlet covers 
  • along window frames 

Remember, bed bugs are expert hiders. If you think you’ve looked for them everywhere–chances are, you haven’t! Your best chance of finding every hiding spot is by calling in a pest control expert. They can keep watch over your home with specialized bug monitoring devices to catch early bed bug infestations before they grow. 

Hiding Spots for Bed Bug Eggs 

Bed bug eggs are small and white. A female bed bug can easily lay between 200 and 250 eggs in her lifetime. 

Mother bed bugs produce a sticky substance that glues the eggs to surfaces. Because newly hatched bed bugs will immediately search for food, mothers will lay the eggs as close to a food source as possible. They love cracks and crevices, and will lay eggs in the following places: 

  • seams of mattresses 
  • mattress tags 
  • cracks in the wall near the bed
  • seams of fabric headboards 

Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

Since bed bugs are expert hiders, you need to know every possible sign of infestation. Not seeing any bugs and never getting bitten isn’t enough to trust that you don’t have bed bugs sharing your space every night. 

Actual Bed Bugs 

The most obvious sign of bed bugs is, you guessed it, bed bugs. Bed bugs are reddish-brown, oval-shaped, and about the size of an apple seed when fully grown. They are wingless and they have six legs.  When they haven’t had a meal, they appear flat. If they’ve snacked on your blood, they appear engorged and swollen. 

Bed Bug Bites 

Bed bug bites often look similar to mosquito bites. They are small, raised bumps with dark centres. The bites can form lines, zigzags, or clusters on your skin. Many people do not find them to be itchy, but some people experience an irritating allergic reaction. If you experience a reaction, the bites may appear as large welts or areas of redness.   

Typically, bed bug bites occur on the areas of skin that are uncovered when you sleep, such as your face, neck, arms, and hands. 

Research suggests that your sensitivity to bed bug bites increases every time you are bitten. This means that the longer or more frequently you have a bed bug problem, the more severe your bodily reaction. 

Red Stains on Bed Sheets and Mattresses 

If you have bed bugs, you may have unknowingly crushed a few in your sleep. Small rusty dots on your bed sheets or mattresses are a clear sign of bed bug infestations. 

These stains can also form if blood drips from your body after a bed bug feeds, or they can form when a bed bug expels excess blood from their rectal cavity as they crawl back to their hiding spot. 

Bed Bug Poop

Although bed bugs are visible to the naked eye, you might never actually see one during an active infestation. You may, however, see the stuff they leave behind…

Bed bugs can leave small dark spots of poop on your bedding. These spots often bleed on fabric the way a marker would. 

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide? Away From Amco Ranger! 

By now, you should know where bed bugs like to hide away and how you can spot an active bed bug infestation. If you suspect your home is housing a colony of tiny blood-suckers, it’s best to act right away. 

The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to call in a professional as soon as possible. At Amco Ranger, we offer thorough and effective pest control solutions. If you aren’t sure you’re sharing your bed with bugs, contact us today to schedule your free, no obligations inspection. 

Where do bed bugs hide? Away from the pest control experts at Amco Ranger! 

What Should You Do if You Have a Rodent Problem?

Pet gerbils and hamsters are cute additions to your family. They’re highly sociable, live for a few years, and don’t produce as much waste as other rodents. However, the same cannot be said for wild mice and rats.

A rodent problem is not the same as if a stray cat took up residence in your yard. Mice can easily get inside your house and run amock. Rats are less likely to get inside but prove a much higher risk for homeowners.

Here’s what to know about your rodent problem and how to get rid of a mouse infestation.

Signs of a Rodent Problem

How can you tell whether or not you have a rodent problem or if a single mouse managed to get into your home?

First of all, it’s always best to assume that if you spot a single pest of any kind inside your house that there is likely more to follow. Maybe there’s an unseen hole in your foundation letting in mice. Or maybe the mouse has been inside for much longer than you thought.

One of the first signs of a mouse or rat problem is noise. This includes sounds of scuttling or scratching coming from your floors, walls, or ceiling.

Other signs of mice include gnawing marks on your walls or furniture. You may spot dark droppings on your floor or countertops. You’ll also smell the mice or rats due to their bacteria or corpses.

If you have pets, keep an eye out for any strange behaviors. Your dog or cat will smell and hear the rodents long before you do.

Mice or Rats?

An important distinction to make early on is whether or not you have a mouse or rat problem. Mice suggest that there are small holes or areas where pests can enter your home. A rat problem is much more serious and more difficult to deal with.

To begin with, rats are much larger than mice and more aggressive. Some species can grow over a foot long. If they feel threatened at any point, they’re likely to bite.

In comparison, mice are smaller but multiply much faster. If you notice a rat inside your house, there probably aren’t many more unless you’ve noticed a lot of noise and signs of them in your home. By the time you’ve seen a mouse, it’s probably one of many lurking behind your walls.

The dangers of a rodent problem are similar, regardless of the type.

They’ll invade your pantry and chew through your food supply. You can catch the life-threatening hantavirus if you’re exposed to their saliva, droppings, or urine. They may even pass on the bubonic plague or salmonella.

Humane Trap vs Extermination

Before you run to the store and buy rat poison, consider whether or not you want a more humane option.

Homeowners can purchase live capture traps if they want to spare the critter. However, those mice and rats will find their way back into your home if you haven’t dealt with how they got inside. It’s also poor at dealing with infestations.

Rat poison allows you to kill an entire nest. The problem is that most nests are inside your walls. You’ll need to find a way to clear them out if you don’t want to smell rotting rodents throughout your house.

A slower but arguably more human form of mice removal is the mouse trap. Set them up around your home with bait and wait for the results. Most mice will die instantly and can be disposed of when spotted.

One of the best options is to use an option that targets both the inside and outside of your home to get ahead of the problem.

DIY Options

Homeowners can always try natural rodent repellents before hiring a professional pest control company. Most of them focus on keeping mice out rather than killing them.

First and foremost, you need to remove any temptation from your home. Store your food supplies in metal containers that mice can’t get into. Clean up any trash such as cardboard or lightweight plastics that they might turn into nesting material.

Next, you can try deterring rodent invaders with scents. Mice seem to hate the smell of peppermint oil and cloves, so you can put soaked cotton balls in problem areas. Ammonia smells like urine, which tells rodents that a larger predator is around.

People also swear by ultrasonic pest repellers. They emit sound on a frequency that only mice can hear, and they hate it. However, mice will quickly get used to the sound, so it won’t work for long.

Hire Professional Mice Removal

The reason homeowners turn to rodent control services is that the problem is substantial and uncontrolled. Your rodent problem continues to linger even after you’ve cleaned up and sealed whatever holes you could find. At that point, getting rid of rats and mice will take equipment and poisons you won’t have access to.

Professional mice removal may include placing stations around your property. A technician will monitor rodent activity with these stations and replace them if necessary. They may also place additional rodent stations inside parts of your home.

You can also rely on a professional to assess your home and property to figure out how these pests get into your house. They may recommend certain changes or renovations. At the most, they’ll install wire mesh to keep mice out.

Solve Your Rodent Problem

A rodent problem is often much worse than it originally appears. As much as you might consider a mouse cute, it’s a sign that there’s likely an infestation putting your health and home at risk. Professional pest services can help determine the seriousness of your issue and provide solutions.

Amco Ranger offers local expert pest control services. We help property owners deal with termites, bed bugs, rodents, and more. Contact us to get a free quote and check out our other services online.