Additional bed bug hiding places around the house

How Do You Get Bed Bugs

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide & Nest?

Bed bugs can fit into almost any crack, crevice, or protected location. They prefer to hide in dark places where they will be undisturbed.
Bedbugs tend to live in groups. They usually only come out to feed with your blood while you are sleeping.

Where do bed bugs hide?

The most favorite hiding place is close to their food source (i.e. a sleeping human). This is especially true during the early stages of a bedbug problem. As infestations grow, the bed bugs normally move beyond beds into other locations, making control more difficult.

Where to look for bed bugs?

So where do bed bugs hide? Here are the favorite bedbugs hiding spots, plus other places that will surprise you. Learn where to look for bed bugs below:

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  • Up to 90% of bed bug nests are found near or on the mattress.
  • On the bed you should check the following hiding and nesting places:
  • Mattress seams, stitching and buttons
  • Inside the box spring
  • Inside the corner protectors
  • Inside pillow cases
  • Cracks and crevices in the bed frame
  • Very often bed bugs nest around and in headboards
  • Wooden support slats should be examined – bed bugs congregate where the ends rest on the frame
  • Under dust ruffles
  • In the folds of curtains or bed skirts
  • Bed bugs frequently hide within items stored under the bed

Other favorite bedbugs hiding spots are in close range to the bed

Around the bed you should check:

  • Cracks and crevices on the floor and underneath carpets
  • Under rugs and also at carpet edges along the walls
  • Under baseboard molding
  • Cracks in and between walls
  • In wallpaper seams and under loose wallpaper
  • Behind or inside switch plates, electrical outlets and anything else on the wall
  • Bed bugs hide inside vents and smoke detectors
  • Window and door moldings (and their hinges)
  • Behind Pictures as well as around window frames

Ideal bed bug hiding places can be found in wooden furniture. Check carefully in:

  • Drawer Tracks
  • In small cracks and seams
  • Screw holes and knots in wooden bed frames, headboards and other wood surfaces around the infected areas

Bed Bugs can feed on your pets as well, even though they prefer human’s blood.

  • Check your pet bedding carefully for bugs and eggs

Additional bed bug hiding places around the house

Bed bugs can live in almost any crevice or protected location. Below are listed some extra hiding spots.

  • You could find bed bugs hiding around couches and seat cushions. Bed bug nest and lay eggs on undisturbed spots and gorge on your blood when you’re sitting on the couch
  • Upholstered chairs, recliners and sofas are typically the next most likely area for bed bugs to hide, especially when used for sleeping
  • You can bring bedbugs home on your clothes and sneakers
  • Kids’ Toys and electronics devices (mobile phones, computers, TVs, etc.)
  • Books and Magazines
  • Inside appliances such as computers and clock radios
  • Laundry rooms if infested clothing laying around. You must keep them in plastic bags or boxes
  • Your car can be infested with bedbugs as well

Where bedbugs almost never hide?

  • Bathrooms – especially not the bathtub or other ceramic surfaces
  • Garages and garden sheds
  • Incomplete Basements
  • Any rooms that aren’t frequently used
  • Kitchens (unless pets sleep there)

How to detect bed bugs?

Things to look for are the bugs themselves, shed skins of the nymphs (immature bed bugs), and the blackish fecal spots. The dark spots of dried bed bug excrement are often present along mattress seams or wherever the bugs have resided.

You definitely can see bed bugs and their eggs with the naked eye. Using a few simple tools will help you even better to find them.

A bright white LED flashlight will illuminate the dark crevices where bed bugs hide. Bed bug eggs are seen more clearly with an ultraviolet flashlight. (black light).


To examine the bug, you could need a magnifying glass.

Prepare your tweezers or forceps to collect insects.

To store it and prepare for identification you will need a collection container.

To preserve the bug, fill the container with rubbing alcohol or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

A credit card, spatula, or putty knife are handy crevice inspection tools for tight places.

You can also use compressed air in crevices to flush out the insects. Capture a bed bug and mail a sample to Cornell Diagnostic Laboratory

Where to look for bed bugs_

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide References:

http://www.bedbug-answers.com/where-do-bed-bugs-hide.html
http://www.bed-bugs-handbook.com/information-on-bedbugs.html
http://chipptips.com/bedbugs/
http://www.bed-bugs-handbook.com/where-do-bed-bugs-hide.html
http://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef636
http://idl.entomology.cornell.edu/sample-directions/ 

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  • Dr. Stan says:

    Thanks….good for those who do not know if they have BBs. But I am bitten nightly by 3 or 4, which I often can catch and kill. BUT I have never found a collection of them in one place of hiding. I have examined the bed linens, mattress covering and seams…zilch! Yet I know I have them. How can I find them gathered in one spot or several spots, so as to kill them?

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