Bed bugs are commonly found around the bed area as their name suggests: Most people would think only to look around the mattress area. However, these minuscule travelers often hide in a variety of unusual places that one would not think to look. During the summer travel season especially, these unwanted hitch-hiking house guests are easily transported from one place to another.
Bed bugs commonly like to hide in couches, recliners, picture frames, piles of dirty laundry, vents, clutter, cabinets, dressers, under rugs and in cracks and crevices.
Below are some unusual hiding places for bed bugs:
Purses and bags:
Bed bugs can often be an unexpected shopping buddy as they hide in the seams and pockets of purses and bags. When purses are placed on the ground or near furniture, bed bugs have a golden opportunity to hop right in.
Stuffed Animals/teddy bears:
Kids love to take their favorite fluffy furry friends out and about with them. This puts them at high risk for coming into contact with bed bugs who may find their fur as the perfect home. Washing and drying stuffed animals on a hot cycle can help get rid of any bed bugs, dry for 90 minutes on the highest setting.
In a Florescent Light Bulbs:
Though bed bugs are known as little vampires who love the darkness, they are sometimes found in florescent light bulbs and fixtures. Bed bug hiding places along electrical areas give pests plenty of room to squeeze in. Be sure to practice caution when checking for bed bugs around electricity.
School Buses/public transportation:
Students may have some unwanted classmates when making the commute to and from school. Bed bugs are often found in the upholstery of school bus seats and can jump onto students back packs and clothing. Checking vacuuming backpacks and washing and drying clothes on hot cycles will ensure these pests aren’t coming home from school.
Even bed bugs take to the skies. Bed bugs can be found burrowing in seats, carpet, and vents on airplanes. This makes it extremely critical for travelers to take precautions, such as vacuuming your suitcase inside and out, after a trip.