The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius Linnaeus 1758) is also known by a variety of common names, including wall louse, mahogany flat, crimson rambler, heavy dragoon, redcoat, etc.
Once in the home, bed bugs live in any convenient crack or crevice, particularly along the seams and buttons of mattresses, in the coils and frame of box springs, behind wooden bedsteads, on bed framing, upholstered furniture, on the backing of pictures, behind window and door molding/framing, behind wallpaper, between wooden floorboards, behind switch plates, conduit etc., as well as in sofas and all sleeping areas.
In heavy infestations, they may be found in wall voids, attics or other enclosed places.
They can be introduced into your home via used furniture, mattresses, and bedding or from the belongings of someone who has been living in a bed bug infested situation. Bed bugs are non-discriminatory and can make their way into any structure or vehicle regardless of price, location, or cleanliness. They have been found in homes, apartments, hotels, theaters, retail stores, hospitals, clinics, cars, trains, airplanes, taxis, buses, even ambulances and police cars.