Female bed bugs glue their eggs in hidden areas. They lay 5 eggs per day and up to 500 during a lifetime.
Bed bug eggs are very small. They are about 1/32 of an inch long. They look flat when viewed from the side and are shiny, translucent with a milky white color. They can be thinner than the width of a business card.
They spend most of their time in hiding. They prefer undisturbed areas.
They will usually hide in areas near where people sleep.
In homes, the top hiding areas are the box spring, mattress, and bed frame. Usually in the tufts, seams and folds of the mattresses and bed covers.
In hotel rooms, the top hiding area is the headboard area. Usually, because they change the sheet on a regular basis in hotels.
Other places they are known to hide but are not limited to: night stands, lamps, clock radios, wall outlets, telephones, shoes, hangers, pet bedding, furniture, stuffed animals, wall hangings and under carpets.
They could basically hide anywhere in the house, but they will tend to stay close to the food source (which is you). They will wander off if your house has become “bed bug ground zero”. They will even go from room to room and apartment to apartment in search of another host.
When I travel, how can I prevent from bringing bed bugs home?
When entering a hotel room do an inspection before bringing your belongings in. Use a strong flashlight preferably an LED type and look for bed bugs, fecal stains, and their molted skin. Look all around the mattress and the box spring, in front and behind the headboard, around the night stands, the wall coverings and anything around the vicinity of the bed.
Bring large bags with you. Keep your luggage and clothes in the bags sealed the whole time.
When you come home wash the clothes and dry them in a high heat setting. Seal the empty bags and discard them.
It is very important that you act swiftly and contact a Pest Management Professional to conduct a thorough inspection and evaluate the situation. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to control especially if they are not caught during the early stages of the infestation.