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What Attracts Bed Bugs?

Updated: Aug 6


Humans attract bed bugs.


Learning bed bug habits, attractions and ideal breeding conditions can help you stop an infestation from spreading in your home.


When it really comes down to it, bed bugs simply want blood. They are drawn to:

  • Body heat

  • Carbon dioxide

However, they’re called “bed” bugs for a reason – their favorite hiding spots are bed frames, mattresses, box springs and beddings, combining their need of warmth, carbon dioxide and access to blood (people).


Although they’re commonly found in the bedroom, they can wedge their way into any small hiding spot in your home, so if you think you might have a bed bug infestation, don’t stop at the bed. Check these other common areas:

  • Furniture with cushions (chairs, couches, ottomans)

  • Curtains

  • Drawers

  • Electrical outlets and appliances

  • Wallpaper

  • Ceiling or floor cracks

Bed bugs can live anywhere their host can live, so this is by no means a comprehensive list. They are known to bite both humans and pets and are mostly active at night. They can also live between six months to a year, so don’t wait to act if you see signs of an early infestation.


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