If you’re wondering where bed bugs come from, remember: bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and are easily transported. They will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply. They like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human environment. Bed bugs are most often found in bed parts, such as mattresses, box springs and folded areas.
They can also conceal themselves behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, picture frames, electrical switch plates, and in furniture crevices. Beg bugs are also known to survive in temporary or alternative habitats, such as backpacks and under the seats in cars, buses and trains.
Where Else Bed Bugs are Found
Bed bugs are found in many places, not limited to any one specific type of dwelling. Pest control companies have been reporting infestations everywhere including single family homes, multi-family housing, apartments, hotels, hospitals, schools and college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters and even public transportation. Nowadays, even five-star hotels and high-end clothing stores are susceptible to infestations.
According to the NPMA’s 2015 Bugs Without Borders survey, pest management professionals report that residences top the list of places where bed bug infestations are found, with 95 percent of pest professionals treating bed bug infestations in apartments/condominiums and 95 percent treating bed bug infestations in single-family homes. Respondents also reported other common areas, with 75 percent treating bed bug infestations in hotels/motels, 46 percent in college dormitories, 58 percent in nursing homes, 45 percent in office buildings, 43 percent in schools, 33 percent in hospitals and 29 percent on various modes of transportation.
Today, bed bugs can be found throughout almost every region of the world and in all 50 U.S. states. Specifically, the pests were encountered by 17 percent of 2011 Bed Bugs in America survey respondents in the Northeast; 20 percent in the Midwest; 20 percent in the South; and 19 percent in the West.