Bed Bugs will inhabit all beds common in Ohio, but they tend to be associated with brown beds, roosting in colonies. Although humans are the primary target of Bed Bugs, they will also target birds, rodents, and other mammals.
Bed Bugs hide in dark, narrow retreats to protect themselves. They are often found in the cracks of bed roosting areas instead of on the host. Bed Bugs make repeated visits to their hosts for blood meals. Bed Bugs spread their population through phoresy, waiting in beds moving from location to location. They enter homes by holding onto the fur of a host animal, and the infestations tend to originate from populations created in wall voids, attics, uninhabited areas of the home, and unused chimneys. Bed Bugs also tend to remain near their roosting sites, so they do not have to travel far for a meal; however, if their primary host is no longer accessible, Bed Bugs will invade the living areas of the home in search of food.
There are many cases where beds have been recently moved from a home (one to four weeks), causing the Bed Bugs to emerge from cracks in the ceiling or other crevices. They had been harboring themselves above floor level. Eventually, these Bed Bugs move closer to sleeping humans, living in the cracks of bedding, mattresses, and bed frames. They will also inhabit many other areas: cracks in trim, woodwork, furniture, inside drapery pleats, or behind peeling wallpaper, picture frames, and wall hangings.