Where Do Bed Bugs Nest?
Bed bugs are flat, reddish brown and small bugs that can live from 10 months to a year. They nest in homes, hotels, shelters and healthcare facilities surviving off of blood. They can survive up to a year without a food source, so consider treating bed bugs if you find them nesting in your homes.
Mattresses are where bed bugs can be found most often. They stay close to their food supply, which is mostly human blood. However, they will sometimes scatter to corners or hidden places in a bedroom for protection. Signs of bed bug infestation include bed bug excrement on sheets and mattresses.
Before you purchase your next piece of used furniture consider that you could be introducing bed bugs into your home. Bed bugs prefer hiding out in furniture. Bed bug bites are often contributed to mosquitoes, but are always found on areas of the body that are exposed during sleep. If bites appear in what seems out of nowhere, used furniture may be the culprit.
Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers. If you travel often, you are at risk for bringing bed bugs into your home. Their eggs are the size of a speck of dust and are hard to spot. Every hotel, even a nice one, is capable of hosting bed bugs. Every hotel regardless of price or reputation has exactly what bed bugs are looking for: warm bodies to feed on. So, if you travel often, consider wrapping your luggage and clothing in plastic for a few days before placing them in your closet. Also, use a luggage rack instead of placing your luggage on the floor when at a hotel.