As their name suggests, bed bugs are often found in and around the bed area. Most would think to look in their mattress if they suspect an infestation of this common pest. 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.
Here are some unusual hiding places for bed bugs:
Purses: Bed bugs are often an unexpected shopping buddy as they hide in the seams and pockets of purses. When purses are placed on the ground or near furniture, bed bugs have the perfect opportunity to hop in.
Stuffed Animals: Kids love to take their favorite fluffy friends out and about with them. This puts them at 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.
In a Florescent Light Bulbs: Though bed bugs are known as vampires who love darkness, they can be found in florescent light bulbs. 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: Students can have some unwelcome classmates when making the commute to and from school. Bed bugs are 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 can ensure these pests aren’t coming home from school.
Airplanes: Even bed bugs can take to the skies. Bed bugs can be found burrowing in seats, carpet, and vents on airplanes. This makes it extremely crucial for travelers to take precautions, such as vacuuming out your suitcase, after a trip.
If you suspect that these hitchhiking pests may have infested one of these unusual items or places, contact us or call (585) 334-3880 in a timely manner. Bed bugs are not a DIY pest and should be left to a professional.