Bed Bugs in Walls
Bed Bugs in Walls
Bed bugs, Cimex lectularius, are commonly misunderstood as only being found in beds. Bed bugs can be found in your walls, furniture, carpeting, and other areas of your home. If you're wondering, "Where do bed bugs hide?" keep reading to learn about some of the most common infestation sites.
Hiding in plain sight
Adult bed bugs are visible to the naked eye, but their flattened, oval-shaped bodies can fit into the smallest of spaces. According to the Environmental Protection Agency's bed bug factsheet, a good rule of thumb is to use a credit card to check cracks and spaces. Bed bugs are roughly the same width as most credit cards, so if the card can fit into a space, so can a bed bug.
Look for bed bugs on the wall behind the bed, along the edges of drawers, down baseboards, in room corners (including where the ceiling and wall meet), inside electrical outlets, and in wall switches in addition to bedding. Bed bugs can be found behind wall hangings or under loose wallpaper, in or around electrical appliances, on curtains, between cushions, or in the seams of couches or upholstered chairs in more severe infestations.
If you have pets, you should inspect their bedding as well as the animals themselves for signs of bed bugs.
Bedbugs in the walls
If an infestation becomes severe enough, these pests can pass through walls. Bed bugs have been known to enter homes via pipes and electrical wires. Though this is more common in hotels, apartment complexes, and dorms, it can also be used to spread an infestation from room to room in a single-family home.
They may also seek refuge inside clothing or luggage, both of which should be thoroughly inspected and cleaned after any travel.
Don't be alarmed if you find bed bugs on your walls, bedding, or anywhere else in your home; there is a solution.
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