Do Bed Bugs Fly?

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Do Bed Bugs Have Wings?

While their prehistoric ancestors may have had wings, modern bed bugs have wing pads that are undeveloped and not suitable for flight. Bed bugs also cannot jump, so they rely on climbing or crawling to reach a host.

Do Bed Bugs Fly into Houses?

Even the cleanest house can acquire bed bugs. Although some homeowners think the pests gain access via open doors or windows, bed bugs do not have flight capable wings and cannot fly into a home. Common locations where bed bugs are known to be picked up include:

  • Dorm rooms
  • Homeless shelters
  • Hotels and motels
  • Households
  • Schools

Since these insects have limited options for movement, they latch onto fabric that may function as an item they infest and use for transport inside a home. Once the pests get inside a house, they spread quickly. Bed bugs are also sometimes found in taxis, rental cars, and other forms of public transportation.

Indoors, bed bugs move from room to room either by clinging to objects and people in the house or creeping unseen through carpets. The pests try to hide in places close to their host targets, so they readily move out of sight into hidden sites after taking a blood meal .

Bed Bug Control

Even though bed bugs do not fly, controlling an infestation is difficult. Able to hide in tiny cracks and breed rapidly in homes, the insects usually require professional removal. Call the highly skilled team at Orkin to get rid of bed bug infestations.