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Where Are Bed Bugs Found?

If you suspect a bed bug infestation, it is important to bear in mind that these pests can travel easily. They can hide in various places such as suitcases, boxes and shoes.

They tend to stay close to people. They can be found in narrow gaps and crevices near where people live or sleep. Such areas include mattresses, box springs, and other areas within the bed.

Bed bugs can hide in various places, including baseboards, wallpaper, furniture, picture frames, and electrical switchplates, as well as in crevices. They can also survive in alternative dwellings, such as backpacks and vehicles.

Where Else Bed Bugs are Found?

Bed bug infestations are no longer limited to one type of property or environment. Now, they have been reported almost everywhere. This includes private residences, rental properties, and public spaces like hospitals, schools, offices, retail stores, movie theaters, and public transportation. Even places like five-star hotels and high-end clothing stores are not immune to these pests.

According to the NPMA’s Bugs Without Borders survey, pest management professionals report that residences top the list of places where bed bug infestations are found. The majority of single family homes and apartments/condominiums have been found to contain bed bug habitats, according to reports from Pest Professionals. They also noted that bed bugs are commonly found in other places as well.

  • Hotels/Motels – 68 percent
  • Nursing Homes – 59 percent
  • Schools & Day Care Centers – 47 percent
  • Office Buildings – 46 percent
  • College Dorms – 45 percent
  • Hospitals – 36 percent
  • Public Transportation – 19 percent

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% of 2011 Bed Bugs in America survey respondents in the Northeast.

  • 20 percent in the Midwest
  • 20 percent in the South
  • 19 percent in the West
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