Bed bugs got their name for a reason, the small pests are most commonly found living on mattresses and pillows of the homes they inhabit. If you have a bed bug problem in your home, the bed may not be the only location you find the insects.
Learn about four alternative locations where you may have bed bugs in your home. Knowing the locations will help a pest control company eradicate the problem and prevent future spread of the bugs in your home.
Bed bugs do not have the capability to differentiate between couches and beds. The pests are attracted to dark and cool places, like the cracks and seams of a mattress. Bed bugs will find the same comfort with couches. Couch cushions feature cracks and creases where bed bugs may lie dormant, lay eggs, and rest until a source of blood sits on the couch.
If your couch has a fold-out sleeper mattress built into the design, then the mattress provides even more opportunities for bed bugs to live and thrive. The bugs can stay alive for days without eating, so a couch will provide the space until a human sits down and a bug can feed.
Along with couches, recliners may feature spaces for bed bugs to live and hide as well. During a full inspection of your home, pest control workers may check out living room furniture to see if treatment is needed and how far the infestation has gone.
2. Dog Beds
Just like how bed bugs cannot tell the difference between a couch and a bed, the bugs cannot tell the difference between a human bed and a dog bed. Your dog is more vulnerable to bed bug issues because the dogs will do little to indicate bed bug issues and fur will often cover up any bite marks.
A soft dog bed located on the floor of your home or inside a crate could lead to bed bug issues. The raised edges of a cushioned dog bed provide a lot of crevices where bed bugs may hide or lay eggs. Unlike an expensive large mattress or box spring, a dog bed can be easily disposed of to eliminate any bed bug issues.
Bed bugs have to find ways to reach sources of blood to feed off and the pests may make a few stops along the way. One of the areas could be the curtains at your home. Just like furniture and mattresses, curtains often feature dark creases where bugs can hide inside.
Curtains can also offer feeding access to other pests in the home. For example, bed bugs are also known to feed on rodents like mice. Curtains that hang low to the ground could provide an area where bed bugs can reach mice crawling on the ground.
A full inspection of the home will focus on bed bugs and other pests to ensure your home remains pest-free.
There are many ways to pick-up bed bugs while you travel, but one of the more unexpected locations may be your luggage. As you lay luggage on hotel beds or roll them through airports, suitcases could easily become an area where bugs lay and wait. Creases of luggage, zipper areas, and pockets all provide locations for the bed bugs.
When you put luggage away in a closet or other location, bed bugs can spread to hanging clothes, folded blankets, and other soft materials. Eventually, bugs will make their way to your bed. Luggage often acts as a starting point and should be one of the first places you look if you suspect bed bugs have invaded your home.
Help remove bed bug problems before they get worse with our services at No Bull Bed Bug Control. We will help you control the bed bugs and remove them from all locations within the home.