Posted on: 21 January 2021Share
The first step to controlling bed bugs is finding out where they are coming from. Bed bugs don't always hide in obvious places like mattresses. Sometimes, they'll hide in unusual places, and then once night falls, sneak out to feed on their human victims.
If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation but you can't find out where they're coming from, then make sure you inspect the following places.
1. Dressers and bedside drawers
Bed bugs are never far away from their blood meals. And because they are attracted to the heat of sleeping humans, the bedroom is the most common hiding place for bed bugs. Dressers and bedside drawers are good hiding places because they contain numerous crevices and cracks. Since bed bugs have flat bodies, they can easily fit into tight spaces.
2. The walls
Bedroom walls can provide hiding places for bed bugs too. For instance, bed bugs will hide behind electrical outlets if an outlet is close to the bed bug's blood meal. Walls provide other hiding places like peeling wallpaper, old screw holes, and picture frames too.
3. Stuffed animals
Stuffed animals are a favorite of bed bugs because they provide lots of folds and creases for bed bug colonies. If you have young children, then make sure you check their stuffed toys when searching your home for bed bugs. And if you find evidence of bed bugs, wash your stuffed toys on the hottest setting. This will kill most, if not all of the bed bugs infesting a stuffed toy.
4. Alarm clocks
Anything next to a bed could provide a hiding place for bed bugs. That includes alarm clocks, which also contain plenty of nooks and crannies for bed bug colonies. In fact, anything next to your bed is fair game as far as bed bugs are concerned.
5. Door hinges
Door hinges are probably the last place that most people would look, but the tight space of a door hinge, especially of a bedroom door, is the ideal hiding place for bed bugs. If you know you have a bed bug problem but can't find their hiding place, then you might need to take a look at your door hinges.
If you discover an infestation in your home, then you need bed bug control services. But make sure you act quickly. The longer you wait, the more likely that your bed bug infestation will spread to other parts of your home.