When you think bed bugs, the first thing you think is “Ewwwwww”. You probably think they are found in beds; that those beds are in hotels; and you would never stay in one of those hotels. People find these disgusting bugs all over. Here are some of the weirdest places they’ve been found.
In the Bedroom
They are called bed bugs because they like beds. They also like other spots in the bedroom.
Alarm Clocks. Bed bugs have been found inside alarm clocks sitting on nightstands next to the bed. It’s dark; it’s warm; it’s close to the bed and the food source. It’s heaven and there are have quite a few reports of people finding bed bugs in alarm clocks.
Picture Frames. These guys crawl away to hide during the day. If they can’t find a spot on the floor they just head up the wall. The first good hiding spot they may find is a picture frame. People find bed bugs hiding behind pictures and in picture frames.
In the Laundry
They don’t wear clothes, but they love laundry. It’s a great place to hide.
Laundry Baskets. Lots of folks find them in their laundry baskets. It can be full or empty. These laundry baskets are usually kept in the bedroom. The little buggers crawl in to hide. Keep the laundry basket out of the bedroom.
Public Laundry. Laundry baskets end up at the Laundromat and bed bugs come along for the ride. My son’s wife took the oversized comforter to wash at a coin laundry. She brought it home damp but before it went in the home dryer she checked it out. She found bedbugs. That freshly laundered comforter immediately went outside into the trash. The entire basement was treated. If you wash at a laundromat; check everything carefully before heading home.
Other Odd Places for Bed Bugs
Bedbugs have been found in curtain hems. Exterminators say this is pretty common in the bedroom. Drapes are close to the ground and make an awesome hiding place. Who looks in curtain hems?
Pity the management at AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. That theater has been hit twice with bed bugs. If you are watching a creepy movie and feel your skin crawl, it might be the movie theater. Ewwww
The best defense is to stop them before they get started.
- Periodically check odd places for bed bugs.
- If you travel, know how to avoid bringing bed bugs home with you.
- Keep your mattress and boxspring protected with bed bug covers designed to keep the little buggers out.
Found a bed bug in a weird place? Comment below!