How Bed Bugs Get into Your Home

Dog laying in Bed

Bed bugs are insects that can hide in the smallest cracks and crevices inside your home. You may be able to find them inside your mattress, in the corners of your bed frame, behind your baseboards, in the outside corners of your dresser drawers, and amongst any pile of clutter. They can be a nuisance, especially since they leave small stains everywhere and are very difficult to get rid of.

How do Bed Bugs get into my Home?

Travel Luggage:

The most common way that you can bring bed bugs into your home is in your luggage. You leave for vacation, all happy and carefree, and then when you return, you have some microscopic hitchhikers that you didn’t know about. This is why it is not only important to check your hotel room when you arrive, but to unpack your luggage outside and clean it and your clothing immediately. The proper treatment will destroy the bed bugs, so that they do not enter your home.

Teddy in Luggage

Used Furniture:

Another way that bed bugs can enter your home is on used furniture. You find the perfect sofa for sale that someone no longer needs or wants. You purchase it thinking that it would look great in your living room, family room, or your children’s playroom. What you don’t realize is that the sofa is full of bed bugs. Before purchasing any used furniture, you should plan on inspecting it thoroughly for any stains and bugs. If possible, you should leave it out in direct sunlight for a couple of days and vacuum it off before bringing it inside. Just make sure that if you do vacuum it, that you dispose of the bag immediately, in case there were any bed bugs.

Chair on Street


If you are the type of person who loves books and you could spend hours in a used book store, you will want to keep an eye out for bed bugs. The binding of any book is a perfect hiding spot for bed bugs, because it is small and dark. Thrift stores can also be filled with bed bugs, especially if the clothing was not washed prior to being displayed. As a person moves the infested clothes throughout the store and the clothes touch other clothing, the bed bugs can be transferred quite easily. If you purchase any of this clothing and do not wash it immediately upon arriving home, then you can introduce the bed bugs to your home.

Used Books

Bed bugs can find their way to your clothing from movie theaters, taxis, doctor’s offices, anywhere that there are chairs or seats with fabric. The bed bugs can be left behind by one person and attach to another person’s clothing easily once they sit down.

Since it is so simple for bed bugs disperse and end up inside a home, it is surprising that more homes are not infested. If you believe that you may have brought bed bugs into your home, you will want to call a professional like Rox Bugs and have them do an inspection. They can get rid of your bed bugs and you can have peace of mind once again when the bed bugs are gone.

If you need help with Bed Bug removals contact us today.