Does poor sanitation attract bed bugs?

No. If someone has bed bugs, don’t assume their home is dirty or cluttered.

The indoor pests most people are familiar with are ants, mice, and cockroaches. These pests are associated with poor sanitation; they get their food and water from our homes when we don’t clean up.

Bed bugs are different. They only eat and drink blood, so they don't care how dirty the home is.

Bed bugs control may be more difficult in a cluttered home. Clutter gives bed bugs places to hide. When they hide, they are harder to find through visual inspection. In a cluttered home, pest monitoring is essential to detecting an infestation before it grows and spreads.