Bed bugs hide in and around beds and other furniture, allowing them to feed on people, usually while they sleep. They are also good at hiding in luggage and other personal belongings, and that's how they typically find their way into a home. After being introduced into a home, they hide in the mattresses and boxsprings, headboard and railings, baseboards, night stands, electrical sockets and wall coverings. They can also be found in picture frames, behind wallpaper, and anywhere else near where people sleep.
Although bed bugs are not known to carry diseases, bed bug bites can become itchy red welts, similar to mosquito bites.
Bed Bug facts:
- lay 1-5 eggs in a day and up to 500 eggs in a lifetime
- live for several months without eating
- withstand temperatures from nearly freezing to 122° F.
This is a picture of the underside of a boxspring, where the bed bugs were hiding under two layers of material.