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!