Their name tells only part of the tale, because their preferred habitats in human homes are plentiful and can be found all over our residential dwellings: bedding, folding cots, sofas and love seats, and other soft or cloth furnishings. And bed bugs have become more and more common in city dwellings as the fast pace of life leaves very little time for cleaning homes sufficiently. To qualify, they are not officially considered a medical or public health hazard, because their sometimes itchy bites are more of a nuisance than a threat. But they often cause loss of sleep and skin-scratching that can increase the chance of infection. Finding solutions as to how to effectively get rid of bed bugs can be frustrating and most affected people often reach their wits’ end. However, a few tricks from experts and non-experts may send them on their way out of our homes.
Good Travelers They Are
Bed bugs are pretty good hitchhikers. They get transferred from place to place as people travel. They travel in the seams and folds of luggage, overnight bags, bedding, furniture and anywhere else they can hide. Once they reach one’s dwelling, they make their home.
Possible places that bed bugs might be hiding during daylight hours are in floor and wall crevices, under and behind all types of furniture, and in seams and around metal reinforcements on mattresses. They also take up residence on edges of carpets, curtains and clothing as well as behind bed headboards. The last one seems to be proximity to their dinner source: humans who are fast sleep asleep.