Where are bed bugs found?
Bed bugs are most commonly found in areas where people sleep (usually within 8 feet of these areas) in homes, apartments, homeless shelters, hotels, motels, cruise ships, buses, trains, and dorm rooms. Bed bugs can hide in and around:
- folds and seams of mattresses
- box springs and bedroom furniture
- bed sheets
- cracks around a bed
- loosened wallpaper
- pet sleeping areas
- clutter or objects around sleeping areas
Learn how to find bed bugs
What are the signs of bed bugs in my home or in a place I'm staying?
If an area is infested with bed bugs, you may see:
- bed bugs hiding in the folds of mattresses and sheets
- bed bug skin left behind after they shed or molt
- tiny, rust-colored spots or stains from bed bug droppings that look like marker spots/dots on the mattress or nearby furniture
Photo credit (right): Gary Alpert, Harvard University
If there are bed bugs in your home or in a place you are staying, you may also notice itchy welts, or bite marks, on your face, neck, arms, hands, or other body parts.
Most people won't know they have been bitten by a bed bug while they are sleeping. Bug bugs bites are usually painless and rarely wake a person up while they are sleeping. These bites can be itchy and annoying, but
bed bugs do not spread disease to humans.