It is a common misconception that bed bugs are only found in beds, especially since it’s in their name. However, the reality of the situation is that you can find bed bugs pretty much anywhere: in the carpet, furniture, and even in your walls. You might be asking yourself, if bed bugs can really live in and travel through walls?  The answer is probably not what you want to hear.  Yes. Yes, they can.

Hiding in Plain Sight

Portland ME exterminatorAdult bed bugs, though small, are still visible to the naked eye, but they have this incredible ability to wedge their flat, oval bodies into the smallest cracks and crevices. A good tip from our Portland, ME exterminator is to check these small spaces by sliding a credit card through them and see if any bed bugs scatter.

Bed bugs are about the same width as a credit card so if your card can fit into a space, so can a bed bug. Along with looking at your bed for signs of bed bugs, you should also look at the wall behind your bed, along the baseboards, the edges of the drawers of your nightstand, and the corners where the walls and floor meets. If the infestation gets bad enough, you will find bed bugs within your actual walls.

Bed Bugs Travel Through Walls

Bed bugs have been known to use your pipes and electrical wiring as a way to get around your house. Though this type of infestation in the walls is more common in hotels, apartment complexes and dorm rooms, it can also happen in a larger family home and be how the infestation moves from one room to the next. If you’re seeing any signs of bed bugs, you should immediately call Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control at (207) 650-8654. You don’t want the infestation getting bad enough that the critters start living in your walls and start using your piping as a highway. One call to our experienced Portland, ME exterminator will take care of everything.