Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

Where do bed bugs like to hide? Well, one clue is in the name: the bed! The bed (including the mattress and box spring) is one of the bed bug’s preferred hiding places. That’s because the bed is very close to the bed bugs’ food source: people. (Yikes!)

However, mattresses and box springs aren’t the only places bed bugs hide. In fact, since bed bugs made a comeback, you can find them just about anywhere—both inside and outside the home. (You can read our previous posts about where bed bugs hide and more unexpected bed bug hiding places.)

Keep reading to find out some surprising places where bed bugs hide!

Common Bed Bug Hiding Places

Wooden Furniture & Baseboards

It’s a myth that bed bugs only hang out in soft, cushioned furniture. In fact, bed bugs frequently hide behind baseboards and in wooden furniture like bed frames, nightstands, dressers, tables, chairs, etc. Since bed bugs are tiny, it’s easy for them to hide in the cracks and crevices of wooden items.

Movie Theater Chairs

Be wary when planning to see the next blockbuster: movie theater chairs and cushions can be a hotbed for bed bugs! Bed bugs can come in on the clothing and belongings of other movie-goers, then spread to you when you sit down to catch a flick.

Airport Terminals

With lots of travelers coming and going from all over the world (including bed bug hot spots), it’s little wonder that airports have bed bugs. You might pick up these well-traveled bed bugs from the airport terminal’s seating or carpeting, or even from the airplane itself. After your travels, you might end up taking bed bugs home with you!

Public Transportation

Buses, trains, and even ride-sharing vehicles (like Uber and Lyft) can pick up this pesky hitchhiker from one rider, then spread it to everyone else. Because so many people use public transit, this is a common problem!

Hospital Beds & Chairs

You go to a hospital to get rid of a problem—but unfortunately you might come out with a different one! Hospitals can spread bed bugs around between the many patients, visitors, and staff that enter and use the beds, chairs, etc.

Bed bug infestations are not uncommon in hospitals: remember that bed bugs take up residence in places where people spend extended periods of time (like an overnight hospital stay).


If you share laundry facilities, you might also be sharing bed bugs. Bed bugs can crawl from another person’s clothing to yours, then to your home! (Consider: most people keep their laundry baskets in their bedroom, and clothing is a common hiding place for bed bugs.)

Bed Bug Prevention & Treatment

If you’re alarmed by the many places where bed bugs hide, we don’t blame you. However, the point of this post isn’t to alarm you!

Here at ScherZinger, we believe that knowledge is power. We hope that learning about bed bugs will help you avoid or at least mitigate a problem. When you know where bed bugs hide, you can take some precautions. Also, when you know the signs of bed bugs, you can spot a problem early!

If you suspect you have bed bugs, the pest control experts at ScherZinger are here to help! We are happy to answer your questions, inspect your home for bed bugs, and give trusted guidance on bed bug treatment solutions. We have the knowledge, experience, and tools needed to eliminate this unwanted pest from your home—quickly, safely, and discretely.

Call us today! ScherZinger Pest Control is a trusted pest control company in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas, including Dayton and now Columbus. We’ve been pioneers who have engineered new standards for ways of eliminating and controlling bugs and pests. Contact us by phone at 1-877-748-9888 or through our website, Facebook, or Twitter.