There’s no denying the fact that bed bugs are a huge pest problem. They plague hotels, motels, home and basically any form of architectural structure. Since bedbugs are usually smaller than a grain of rice, they are extremely difficult to locate and are almost invisible to the naked eye. In order to identify the places where bed bugs love hiding the most, it is of paramount importance to first understand their behavior. Basically, bed bugs are creatures that love going about their business discreetly; they are stealthy and love feeding on human blood. They run their operations in a “hit and run” pattern and usually feed at night, when most of us are asleep. They immediately run back to their secret hideouts after they are done feasting. If you want to make an educated guess, bed bugs usually reside near their food sources i.e. you. They will hide within 6 feet or so of the places you spend prolonged periods of time. However, as they start growing in numbers, they do tend to spread further away from the food sources. Without straying away from the topic any further, here are 10 unusual places you will find bedbugs.
Imagine having to work under stress and the added annoyance of bedbug bites. It does not sound fun, does it? Well, unfortunately, it is possible. Bed bugs can easily nestle into the carpet or furniture in the offices. It is possible for bed bugs to move around in office packages, backpacks, boxes, briefcases, and business suits etc.
Even the Almighty is quite helpless when dealing with bed bugs. These pests are also known to reside in the holiest of places such as churches, temples, mosques and religious meeting halls etc. Hence, we would advise you to be on your toes even when you go to mass. It is also advisable for you to limit your personal belongings to a bare minimum when visiting places of worship.
It is advisable for you to be cautious when bringing books from the public library. Bed bugs love hiding in the pages of the books. Trust us when we say this—you wouldn’t want to crawl into bed with a good book infested with bed bugs. Therefore, it is imperative for you to check the pages and spines of the books for bedbugs before heading home with a stash of bestsellers. No book is worth a bed bug infestation.
It is possible for you to catch more than a blockbuster at your local movie theater. Cinemas are a hotbed for bedbugs. How so? Well, the cinema literally has everything bed bugs prefer; a cinema boasts of cushy, upholstered seats that serve as the ideal bedbug hideout. In addition to that, the cinema also sees the visit of bedbugs´ prime food source—humans! Hence, when visiting the cinema, it is suggested for you to limit your personal belongings to a bare minimum. You wouldn’t want to bring home your own critter horror show now, would you?
Unlike the rest of us, bedbugs don´t have to pay their share of the fare when they travel in public transportation. There are plenty of commuters traveling on a daily basis. There is every chance that planes, trains, and buses are infested with bedbugs. Since bedbugs are of small stature, they are quite difficult to identify. Therefore, it is extremely unlikely for you to spot the pests getting cozy in your seat. However, what you can do is take precautions before heading home. Before getting home, you should unpack carefully and check your belongings for bed bugs. Never place your bags on your bed!
Bedbugs are excellent travelers and they are always on the lookout for opportunities to move around. Therefore, retail stores are excellent hiding places for bedbugs. Numerous stores in the past have shut down for fumigation. It is recommended for you to check any purchases you make before bringing it home. You should definitely shake out clothing before putting them in your closet.
Educational institutions such as daycares, colleges, and schools are not immune to a bed bug infestation. Daycare centers are usually filled with stuffed animals; and, if we know anything about stuffed animals, we know that they are incubators for all things gross. College dorm rooms are filled with students from all parts of the world; therefore, the chances of them bringing bed bugs via their laundry and luggage bags are quite high.
Bedbugs can even multiply in the cleanest locations in the city. Therefore, you shouldn’t be surprised to see bedbugs in laundry facilities. It is highly advisable for bed bug victims to wash and dry infected clothing. Where do you imagine the infected clothing goes for treatment? When visiting the laundry facility, you must keep your laundry to yourself, check the tables and chairs, and only proceed to use the hottest washing possible.
Thrift Shops and Yard Sales
Why do you reckon the goods at thrift shops and yard sales are priced cheap? It is suggested for you to avoid purchasing used bed frames, headboards, and mattresses. It is, of course, tempting to save money. However, it will prove to be costly when you have to spend a hefty amount on hiring professional services to get rid of the bedbug infestation in your home.
Medical facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals are also known to be prime residing areas for bed bugs. Unlike humans, bedbugs do not discriminate against the sick or the old. Many patients and visitors visit the hospital on a daily basis. There is every chance that nursing homes and hospitals are infested with bedbugs.