Do bed bugs jump?

Do bed bugs jump?



Great news for those of you laying on a floating bed, unable to sleep as you constantly ask yourself, “Do bed bugs jump?” Bed bugs do not jump. Bed bugs do not fly. Bed bugs do not hop.

For the rest of us, however, the question “Do bed bugs jump” is irrelevant. Our sleeping areas are always at risk of a bed bug infestation.

Bed bugs do not have wings, but unlike other flightless insects such as fleas and ticks, they are not capable of jumping, either. Bed bugs crawl from one location to the next, and are carried from host to host in the seams of clothing, suitcases, car seats, and any other fabric where they can find an easy spot to hide.

Since bed bugs do not jump or fly, they are only able to travel around 100 feet in a night, but they typically stay within 8 feet of where people sleep. 

A regular inspection of your bedding, linens, and other household furnishings can prevent bed bugs from infesting your home to begin with. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, inspections for bed bugs should be done by a licensed pest management professional, as they are some of the most difficult pests to find and get under control once an infestation has started.  

Do bed bugs jump? No. But do they irritate the heck out of us anyway? Yes. 

Lucky for Fido, bed bugs prefer to feed (and travel) on people rather than pets. The symptoms of bed bug bites are different in everyone, and range from no symptoms at all to severely itchy skin. Although bed bugs do not spread disease, serious secondary infections can occur from their bite.

See more information on how to treat bed bug bites here.