Can Bed Bugs Jump?

Do Bed Bugs Jump Like Fleas?

Flat and oval-shaped, bed bugs have six legs, a pair of antennae, and vestigial wings. They are approximately one-quarter of an inch long and can slip into cracks and crevices as thin as the edge of a credit card.

Their general anatomy is similar to that of ticks and mites, and like these pests, bed bugs lack the leg structure to propel themselves forward in a jumping motion.

As they typically hide in mattress seams and headboards, bed bugs are never too far away from their food sources and generally don’t need to travel long distances by jumping anyway.

How Do Bed Bugs Travel?

Since they neither jump nor fly, bed bugs travel primarily by crawling.

The insects need a blood meal before reproducing and between every stage of development. To obtain the meal, bed bugs crawl out from their hiding places to find a sleeping host and then engorge themselves.

Bed bugs move quickly at a speed similar to that of ants.

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