Bed bugs are annoying pests with a tendency to cause a great deal of anxiety. They feed at night, are excellent at hiding in hard-to-reach places and easily travel from place to place without anyone realizing. They are often compared to other pest insects, too, especially ones that have a parasitic nature, like fleas. Some wonder if their behaviors are similar to other insects, asking about things like whether they can jump. This idea is a myth. Bed bugs cannot jump.

Bed Bug Movement

Bed bugs do not have wings and are incapable of flight. And unlike other types of parasitic insects such as fleas, bed bugs are not able to jump or move rapidly in a particular direction. Bed bugs travel from place to place simply by crawling.

Bed bugs’ tendency to hitchhike and move easily from place to place is the result of their traveling nature and ability to cling tightly to whatever surface or object they are attached to. They are small enough to hide this fact, too. This means that they can easily get into luggage, boxes and other cargo, along with clothing, accessories and furniture. As a result, a bed bug infestation can often spread without anyone knowing. It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for the warning signs of bed bugs when traveling, thoroughly clean luggage and clothing with a vacuum and/or hot water after returning home and examine all new furniture or household items before they enter your home.

The main bed bug behaviors that are often major causes of fear or anxiety are how quickly they are able to reproduce and their ability to feed on a human host when the host is unaware of it (usually during sleep). They often bite multiple times in a pattern of three or more places in close proximity, sometimes known as “breakfast, lunch and dinner” bites.

What To Do About Bed Bugs

If you think you have a bed bug problem, the first thing to do is call the professionals. A bed bug infestation cannot be completely eradicated with DIY techniques, but only by the specialized techniques of a trained pest control technician. At Dodson Pest Control, we are highly trained and experienced in getting rid of bed bugs, and we’re here to help you get rid of your pest problem! Contact us today for a free inspection.