Can you feel bed bugs moving?

Let’s be honest, nobody wants to think about bed bugs. These tiny little pests can infest your home and leave you feeling itchy and paranoid for weeks! One of the most common questions people have about bed bugs is whether or not they can feel them moving around on their skin. Well, let me tell you folks, the answer might surprise you.

The Truth About Bed Bugs

Before we get into whether or not you can feel bed bugs moving, let’s talk a bit about what these creatures actually are. Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood (gross!) They are reddish-brown in color and usually measure less than 5mm long (that’s smaller than a Tic-Tac!). While they don’t transmit any diseases, their bites can cause itching and discomfort.

Bed bug infestations usually start in places like hotels and motels where travelers unwittingly bring the critters back to their homes via luggage or clothing. Once inside your house, these sneaky little buggers will hide out in crevices such as mattress seams, electrical outlets (yes really!), baseboards, picture frames…pretty much anywhere they won’t be easily detected.

Can You Feel Them Moving?

So back to our original question: Can you feel bed bugs moving? The short answer is…it depends! Some people report feeling a crawling sensation when bitten by bed bugs but more often than not people don’t actually realize there are bed bugs present until they see physical evidence such as bite marks.

Why is it so hard to detect these little pests? For starters, even if there are multiple individuals feeding on one person at once (yuck!), each individual bite does not typically last very long since bed hogs only need five minutes of feeding time per day (talk about efficient)!

Another factor contributing to this absence of detection is that bed bugs release a numbing agent as they feed on their host’s blood. This ensures that the victim won’t detect them and will continue to provide a meal.

Other Signs of Bed Bugs

While you may not be able to feel bed bugs moving around, there are other signs that can give away their presence in your home:


Bed bug bites look similar to mosquito bites and usually appear in clusters or straight lines. If you wake up with itchy red welts, chances are high that you have an infestation.


As bed bugs grow from juveniles into adults, shed skins (called exoskeletons) accumulate near where they live and feed.

Blood Smears

If you’re really unlucky, you might even notice tiny blood smears on fabric pillowcases or sheets if a bug gets squished during feeding time (talk about gross!).

So basically what we’re saying is- if you start noticing little specks of rust-colored stains around your bedroom….it’s time for some mad cleaning!

Bonus: How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Okay now onto something more upbeat – how do we get rid of these pests! Here are some tips:

  1. Detection – check all corners of mattress seams when searching for debris, eggs or bugs.
  2. Wash bedding regularly aka every single week just because.
  3. Steam Treatment – heat mattresses with steamer to kill off any potential hidden eggs/younglings.
  4. Vacuuming – Strong vacuum suction helps collect visible specimens effectively.
  5. Contact pest control – Sometimes professional treatment is required for complete eradication!

Are we making anyone else itchier than before?


In conclusion, while it’s not common to feel bed bugs physically crawling on your skin unless there are significantly large number of them present (more like swarm)– the best way to determine whether or not you have an infestation in your home is by looking for physical signs such as exoskeletons, blood smears, and bites. They are small but mighty buggers that make our lives go haywire when they show up – Let’s just hope anymore does not come our way!

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