Where do bed bugs hide?
Its important find a bed bug infestation in its early days before it grows and gets bigger. It’s a lot easier and costs less to deal with a minor infestation than a large widespread infestation. But lower-level infestations are a lot more difficult to find and accurately identify. Insects such as carpet beetles get mistaken for bed bugs quite frequently as they look very similar, if you make a mistake when identifying a bed bug infestation then it allows the bed bugs more time to spread to other parts of the house or even catch a ride to someone to another house and start a brand-new infestation.
Bites on the skin are not an accurate sign of a bed bug infestation. Bed bug bites can look like other insect bites such as mosquitoes or chiggers, and the rashes are like eczema or other fungal infections.
The signs of bed bugs:
A more precise way to recognize a potential infestation is to look for physical signs of bed bugs. You can look for these signs when you are cleaning, changing the bedding, or staying somewhere other than your home, you should keep an eye out for:
- Rusty or red stains on the bed sheets or mattresses that can be caused by bed bugs being squashed.
- Dark spots, which are bed bug excrement and might bleed on the fabric like a marker.
- Eggs and eggshells, which are small yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow bigger.
- Live bed bugs.
Where bed bugs hide:
When bed bugs aren’t feeding, they hide in many different places. Places such as around the bed, found near the plumbing, joints and tags of the mattress and box springs and in the gaps on the bed frame and headboard.
If the room has a large infestation, then you might find bed bugs:
- In the seams of chairs and sofas and in between cushions and pillows and in the creases in the curtains
- In drawers
- In electrical appliances
- Under open wallpaper and wall arts
- At the join where the wall and ceiling join
- In the head of a screw
As bed bugs are small, they can squeeze into extremely small hiding places. This is why they are difficult to find as they can slip into areas they are to small for us to look into such as holes in the wall or under wallpaper.