How Do Bed Bugs Get Onto Your Bed?

These notorious pests can be a total nightmare once they are in your home. If you are wondering how they get into our beds, you are in the right place to find out.


How Do Bed Bugs Get Into Your Bed

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Why Do Bed Bugs Live in Beds?

The name gives away one of these bugs’ favorite locations to live, but why do they like beds in particular? The reason is quite simple. Bed bugs depend on sustenance from a host, in the form of blood.

One of the most consistent and convenient ways for them to feed is on humans, during the night specifically. They are guaranteed a non-stop feeding ground for between six and 10 hours, seven days a week. Why would they waste their time trying to follow humans around to feed, when we go to them?

Our beds can also offer decent shelter and protection from other predators. This includes spiders, lizards, and even some ants. The bed bugs can remain within the comfort of a bed frame and mattress, undetected and unseen. As long as they have access to food, they will thrive and reproduce in this environment.

How Do Bed Bugs Get Into Your Bed?

Now you know why bed bugs are drawn to our beds, let's take a closer look at how they actually get there. Unfortunately, there is no direct answer. The reason for bed bugs moving into your mattress could be related to a number of factors.

Quite simply put, bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers. They depend on humans, as well as our clothes and luggage, to get to new locations. Their eggs are also very tactile and sticky, so will easily survive the roughest of journeys to your home.

Hotels and Motels

If you suddenly find yourself faced with a bed bug infestation, think about any traveling you may have done. Hotels and motels are notorious for being breeding grounds for bed bugs. This is due to the sheer amount of human foot traffic that they see.

These pests do not need long to latch on to your possessions, 24 hours is enough time for them to take hold. Even the cleanest and most luxurious hotel rooms can still fall victim to bed bugs, so do not be fooled by the price.

Secondhand Furniture and Clothes

Have you recently bagged some bargains at your local thrift store? Did you find an amazing secondhand couch that someone didn't want? There may be a good reason why the previous owner was looking to dispose of these items.

Finding a great deal on a piece of furniture may be tempting, but approach your decision with caution. You do not know where it has come from, and it may well be infested with bed bugs. As soon as they get into your home, they can spread with ease from room to room.

Clothing will most likely end up in your bedroom, giving bed bugs direct access to your mattress. As soon as these creatures cross the threshold into your living space, they will divide and conquer—most likely ending up in your bed, where they can feed regularly.

Guests and Neighbors

Regardless of your taste in clothes and furniture, as I mentioned, these pests are great hitchhikers. Inviting friends or family around can leave you with bed bugs in your home, as they hitch a ride over with your guests.

Your neighbors may even have a growing infestation without knowing it. These creatures are great crawlers and will not stop until they find a place to settle.

Once these pests are in, they will quickly multiply. With that in mind, it is best to always be vigilant and check your bedroom and living spaces for evidence. They can appear at any time and in the strangest of places.

My Favorite Bed Bug Mattress Encasement

My Favorite Bed Bug Mattress Encasement

Queen (13-16 in. Deep) SureGuard Mattress Encasement - 100% Waterproof, Bed Bug Proof, Hypoallergenic - Premium Zippered Six-Sided Cover - 10 Year Warranty
Queen (13-16 in. Deep) SureGuard Mattress Encasement - 100% Waterproof, Bed Bug Proof, Hypoallergenic - Premium Zippered Six-Sided Cover - 10 Year Warranty

My favorite mattress protector currently on the market is the SureGuard Mattress Encasement. Along with being completely bed bug proof, it's also waterproof and hypoallergenic. SureGuard are so sure of this protector that it also comes with a 10 year guarantee.

The mattress protector prevents bed bug transportation by using SureSeal technology, and by using an extremely fine zipper that not even bed bug nymphs can impregnate.

The encasement is also super-easy to clean, and is free from PVC, vinyl, fire retardants, Phthalates, and other toxic chemicals.

Also in the range is the SureGuard Box Spring Encasement & Pillow Protector

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Gary Canant

I have learned the hard way!. The homeless tend to frequent public libraries.
Many of them are infected with the bed bugs and when they sit on upholstered
furniture, some of the bed bugs stay with the furniture and wait on their next host.
When I use the library now, I sit on hard wood furniture only.
And lay down a barrier to sit on.


    Gary, That is a false statement. They live, in cracks in hardwood furniture also.

Raphael Bell

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful and amazing post where it provides useful information about bed bugs. Very helpful.

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