When searching for bed bugs, it is well known that beds are not the only place these pests will hide. They typically choose to huddle in protected areas near the bed so that they have quick and easy access to a sleeping human. But can they find you in other places inside your home, besides your bedroom?
Bed bugs can be found in many other places besides the bedroom. The term “bed bugs” is somewhat of a misnomer because although bed bugs are commonly found around beds, they can be found many other spots as well. Another very common place for bed bugs to hide and feed on people is inside upholstered furniture. You may spend a lot of time in your recliner, or on your couch and bed bugs know this. They also know sometimes you may fall asleep on your furniture, so they have learned to hide inside the seams of upholstered furniture as well as on the underside, beneath the cloth that is normally stapled to the bottom. Bed bug control cannot happen until all the bed bugs inside your home are located and exterminated, so knowing where to look for these pests is very important. Bed bugs in Pittsburgh can be found inside upholstered furniture, dressers, in closets and along the edge of carpeting, among many other places. When doing a search for bed bugs, the pest control pros at Witt know that it takes a lot more than searching around the bed for bed bugs; they can be found anywhere in the home where you spend a lot of time, including the living room!
Because bed bugs are great travelers, hitching a ride on anything or anyone, you should keep an eye out for them whenever you bring home new items. Did you buy something at a second hand store, or from a garage sale? Did you see a great sofa on the side of the road with a big sign that said “FREE” on it? If you did, you should be aware that even though you may have found a deal, you may be bringing home more than you bargained for. Bed bugs could very easily be hiding in anything you bring home, especially if it is something previously owned by someone else. You have no idea why the sofa on the side of the road is free for the taking—maybe the previous owners just didn’t like it anymore, or maybe it was full of bed bugs and they didn’t want to deal with the problem so they thought they’d pass it on to some unsuspecting bargain hunter. So when you eye that deal on the side of the road, or at the second hand shop, remember to check the item for signs of bed bugs to help prevent bringing home these blood sucking pests.
Avoiding bringing home second hand goods altogether is a good method of bed bug prevention, but it’s not the only thing you can do. When you’re out travelling on public transportation, keep your personal bag on your lap rather than setting in on the floor to avoid picking up bed bugs. You can also check your hotel room (the bed and the furniture!) for signs of bed bugs. Keeping an eye out for these pests wherever you are is an excellent way to avoid bringing them back to your property.
For more information on effective bed bug control options from the Pittsburgh pest control pros at Witt, give us a call or complete our online form today. We would be happy to send one of our knowledgeable technicians to your property for a bed bug inspection to help put your mind at ease about bed bugs inside your PA home.