Where do bed bugs come from? Bed bugs are fantastic “hitch hikers” and travel great distances. They latch onto suitcases, boxes, shoes and other items and travel on these objects to a new home. When introduced into a new environment, they will spread throughout their new surroundings. Bed bugs take up residence in many places beyond the bed, such as the cracks and crevices in walls or wood. They also hide behind baseboards, around mattress buttons, within bedding and inside box springs. In some instances, bed bugs can come from inside electrical switch plates, picture frames, and wallpaper. These elusive pests can be found nearly anywhere inside a home, car, bus, or other shelter. In hotels, the most common place to find bed bugs is within the backside of headboards that are mounted on walls.
Where are bed bugs found?
The National Pest Management Association’s 2018 Bugs Without Borders Research uncovered that bed bugs can be found just about anywhere. The three most common structures bed bugs were discovered were single-family homes (91 percent), apartments/condominiums (89 percent) and hotels/motels (68 percent). They were also found in places such as nursing homes (59 percent), schools and daycare centers (47 percent), office buildings (46 percent), college dorms (45 percent), hospitals (36 percent) as well as public transportation (19 percent).
Can I see bed bugs easily?
Adult bed bugs are noticeable to the human eye. They can be easily be detected by sight, especially along mattress seams and box springs. Bed bug nymphs are usually harder to identify because they are smaller and paler in size and color. Be on the lookout for bed bugs when using public transportation or sitting in public spaces like libraries because bed bugs can hide out where human congregate and spend extended periods of time. When traveling, hotel rooms should be thoroughly inspected before sleeping in the bed. Check along the mattresses and bed sheets for signs of blood spots or sightings of the bugs or eggshells. Bed bugs travel easily, keep your luggage and clothing in a separate area of your home upon returning from traveling. Be sure to inspect for any signs of bed bugs and wash clothes on hot cycles once you return home, even those that haven’t been worn.