Although bed bugs likely get their name from their proclivity for hiding in beds where they feed on humans at night, these bloodsucking pests can also be found in some surprising places. If an infestation is large enough, bed bugs will wander off in search of additional food sources - and in their travels, may find themselves hitchhiking to another unsuspecting home.
Some unexpected places bed bugs can be found include:
Electrical outlet covers. This one is a shocker! Their tiny, flat bodies allow them to slip behind outlet covers, especially those close to a bed. Dark, warm, and secure, this is the perfect accommodation for a bed bug.
Picture frames and wall hangings. Similar to electrical outlets, wall hangings provide dark cracks and crevices ideal for hiding, and often aren’t far from the bed area.
Purses, suitcases, and backpacks. Bed bugs do not jump or fly, so they rely on hitchhiking to move from place to place. Purses, luggage, and other bags offer plenty of seams and pockets to hide in, and we often don’t think twice before placing these items on the ground or furniture.
Books. Many people keep bookcases or a small selection of books in the bedroom. The dark, tight spaces between pages or inside the spines of books provide the perfect hiding place.
Public transportation, movie theaters, airports and airplanes. Bed bugs can be found in upholstery of buses and taxis, movie theater seats, airport and airplane seats, and even in carpets and vents of airplanes. Now that’s some high-tech hitchhiking for a tiny bug!
This is just a short list of unexpected hiding spots for bed bugs—there are many not mentioned here; that's why it's best to call a professional if you suspect bed bugs have found their way to you. The experts at Burgess Pest have what it takes to get these bloodsuckers out of your home, no matter where they're hiding.