Top Places Bed Bugs Hide

Just spend a few minutes researching bed bugs and you’ll uncover all kinds of varying information, facts, and data. Amongst all of this, there will be several similarities. One of these will be that bed bugs are cryptic hiders, meaning they can hide in some of the most bizarre and hard-to-reach places. They can hide in some of the most obvious places as well. Whatever the situation, if you want to make your search for bed bugs so much more effective, you’ll have to know where they are known to hide.

Box Springs And Mattresses

This one here is probably a given for anyone with a little bit of common sense. Bed bugs live by feeding on human blood. They like to be near their food source and feed at the safest times, hence when you are sleeping. When you combine this with the fact that they can also sense human body heat and expelled CO2, it only makes sense that they would choose to take up residence in the box springs and mattress. It puts them within arm’s reach of their host.

Cracks And Crevices In Bed Frames

Got a cracked neat little headboard that you love? Maybe it old and got some chipped wood. Maybe it was designed that way. Whatever the situation, bed bugs can squeeze their bodies into some of the smallest and most awkward spaces in the world. They’ll hide in cracks in wood and small spaces of headboards and footboards.

Bedding And Linen

If bed bugs are going to hide in your box springs and mattresses, it only makes sense that they would also take up residence in your linen. There is one upside to this location though. That upside is, they are much easier to spot here. All you have to do is look for bad spots or stains on your sheets. This will either be droplets of blood or fecal matter. Either could be a good indication of a potential infestation.

Rugs And Carpets

Rugs and carpets might not seem like the best hiding spots for bed bugs and they aren’t. Unfortunately, they do provide enough coverage for bed bugs to feel safe. This is why they’ll oftentimes take up residence in both rugs and carpets. Along with this, you’ll also find rugs and carpets installed mostly in bedrooms or high-traveled areas. Either way, they will be close to a food source.

Couches And Upholstered Furniture

This one is another one of those common ones. You’ve likely heard someone bringing an infested used piece of furniture into their home. Unfortunately, this is something that happens more than most homeowners would like to admit. What’s even worse about this is, there are literally thousands of different hiding spots within this one spot. Think of the skirting, the arms, the legs, the wood, the pads, the cushions, and the other parts. These make for all viable locations for bed bugs.

Spots You Might Be Surprised To Find Bed Bugs

As was mentioned before, bed bugs have been found in some surprising locations. In addition to the typical spots, bed bugs can be found in your home and office, they can also be found in some of these more bizarre locations.


No one wants to even deal with a bed bug infestation. This is especially true after a long, exhausting vacation. Unfortunately, this very scenario is becoming more and more common. And, this is because bed bugs are finding all kinds of new hiding spots, including luggage. Just like a piece of furniture, a piece of luggage also provides tons of other hiding spots. Travelers unwittingly check into an infested hotel, get bed bugs in their luggage, and bring them home.

Wall Decor

Would you think that beautiful Rembrandt above your head would hold the potential to house bed bugs? Bugs are attracted to dark, warm spaces and will more times than not be found hanging out behind picture frames as well as other common decorations


You can read all you want about bed bugs, but you likely won’t find them right there on the pages staring at you. You will, however, find them in the spines of your books if you take the time to dissect them.


This one is probably not so uncommon, as they are also dark and warm, but more times than not located in bedrooms. These areas are also usually cluttered, providing warmth and a sense of safety that bed bugs need to feel right at home.


With the sheer number of electronics in homes today it can be downright scary to think that bed bugs like to hide inside electrical devices. Combine this the potential that they could ruin these electronics while making them home and it just makes the situation all that much worse and direr.