While bed bugs love hitching rides in people’s luggage, clothing and sheets, they actually aren’t able fly. Discover more common bed bug myths and facts.

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Bed bugs have made quite the resurgence recently. This has left many concerned, warm-blooded humans with questions about these pesky pests.

Below, find answers to many common questions about bed bugs.

Q: Do bed bugs fly and have wings?

A: Bed bugs seem to suddenly show up unexpectedly out of nowhere. Because of their sudden appearance, some people have asked, "Do bed bugs fly?" Thankfully, no, bed bugs cannot fly.

Q: How do bed bugs fly around the country?

A: Bed bugs crawl on six legs, and they do not have wings. However, any rapid transportation of bed bugs can be attributed to human activity. They attach themselves to luggage, clothing or even skin and hitch a ride.

Q: Why are they called bed bugs?

A: They feed on sleeping humans as hosts and primarily feed at night while these hosts are in bed.

Q: How do bed bugs find hosts while they are asleep?

A: Body heat, the carbon dioxide from exhaled breath and other biological signatures help focus the bed bugs on unsuspecting, snoozing hosts. 

Q: What do bed bugs do during the daytime?

A: The bed bug feeds, then retreats back to its place of harborage for days or even weeks before coming back out, often making detection of infestations difficult until they are well established.

Q: Where do bed bugs hide?

A: They live in small crevices mostly undetected. They don't need much space – it is possible to find eight or 10 bed bugs in a single screw hole in furniture or electronics.

Q: How do I know if I have bed bugs?

A: If you think you have been in contact with bed bugs, check personal belongings carefully. Then call the professionals at Terminix® for an expert assessment.