Bed bugs can only crawl. They will crawl from room to room or from suite to suite in multi-family buildings, by travelling along pipes, or crawling into and out of spaces in walls. To go long distances (like from building to building) bed bugs need help from people.
New infestations start when a person moves items such as furniture, clothing, backpacks, handbags, linens, decorative items, books, cardboard boxes, and any other item where a bed bug could be hiding to a new place. The person usually doesn’t know that there are bed bugs in the item or items.
Taking precautions to prevent bed bugs entering your home and becoming established is your best defense. See the topics at the end of this page for more information.
Current as of: February 25, 2015
Author: Environmental Public Health, Alberta Health Services