9 Places Bedbugs May Be Hiding in Your Home

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Bedbugs like to hide in dark, warm places with easy access to their prey – us.

While it’s common to find infestations inside mattresses, pillows, and blankets, there are other spots in your home where these pests love to hide.

Read on to find out which places in your house may be housing bedbugs… you might be surprised.

If you suspect an infestation, call a professional like NY Bed Bug Dogs to conduct a thorough inspection.

1. Electronics

While it’s quite rare, finding bedbugs hiding in your electronics is possible. When you think about it, it makes sense.

Electronics like laptops, TVs, and gaming consoles make for warm, safe hiding places for bedbugs. However, it’s more likely that they’ll hide in electronics that are stored under or near your bed.

2. Drawers

Bedroom drawers and nightstands are dark, cluttered areas that are conveniently close to bedbugs’ source of food: humans.

Dresser drawers located close to your bed are the perfect spot for bedbugs to hide.

3. Books

Due to bedbugs’ tiny size, they can squeeze into extremely tight places – including the small spaces between a book’s binding and spine and underneath the protective covering.

Bedbugs are commonly found hiding in books that have been stored near furniture and wherever you spend a lot of time.  

4. Wall Décor

Surprisingly, that family portrait hanging above your bed could be harboring a family of bedbugs.

Picture frames and wall décor provide dark, warm places for bedbugs to hide – the spaces behind hanging ornaments and the cracks in wooden frames are perfect.

5. Luggage

Unfortunately, bed bugs are often picked up while traveling. They are often found in hotel rooms and other places that have a lot of different people coming in every day. Bedbugs living in hostel carpets and mattresses are happy to hitch a ride in an open suitcase so they can begin to colonize elsewhere.

When you return home from a trip, store your suitcases in the garage rather than in your home to prevent bedbugs from spreading to your home.

6. Upholstered Furniture

While bedbug colonies are known to hide behind cushions and inside pillows, most people neglect to look in the bottoms of their couches. These warm, dark spots are perfect places for bedbugs to hide because they are rarely disturbed.

7. Rugs and Carpets

Rugs and carpets are a bedbug’s dream hideout because they can hide between the fibers. Usually, only the rooms with the most traffic are affected – like the living room and bedroom. Bedbugs typically find their way into carpets from bags and shoes left on the floor.

8. Bedding

It’s probably not surprising that the most common hiding place for bedbugs is on your linen and hidden inside your blankets and comforters.

Luckily, finding the signs of bedbugs on your sheets and bedding makes it a lot easier to detect an infestation.

9. Box Springs and Mattresses

Inside your bed is the bedbug’s number one favorite hiding spot. Because bedbugs can detect body heat, CO2 emissions, and kairomones, they are drawn to the places humans spend the most time.

We spend approximately a third of our lives sleeping – so it makes sense that our mattresses and box springs are these pests’ best hideaway.