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Bed bugs are insect. They are small, but they can be observed through the naked eyes. An adult size is about quarter of an inch or 4mm in length, and about half that in the width. They're usually oval with a flat tops and bottoms. The hatchlings could be as small and as small as an apple seed. They are covered in tiny hairs. More info

They shed their skins as they are old enough to be adults. Initially after the molting they are whitish or light to light. They transform into a dark brown color or burnt orange color when time passes. Semi-transparent means that blood from the host can be observed inside the bodies as an opaque or black spot. As with most insects, they do not develop wings at any time in their lives and therefore are unable to fly. They can be found hiding in crevices and cracks which aren't lit, or seek shelter.

Bed bugs are parasites. They are parasites, meaning they depend on another animal for their existence. But, they do not give any of their resources back to their host. Bed bugs have evolved to feed on blood of warm blooded animals. The two primary species of warm blooded mammals they prefer are mammals and birds. Cimex lectularius is the scientific name for the bed bug common to all which infests homes of humans.

Bed bugs are only one of many bugs that live in human homes. They can be found in nearly every country on every continent. A small portion of houses are affected by bed bugs in the present in the developed countries, however recently there is an increase in the amount of them.

Bed bugs that infest human homes typically try to suck blood at night when the host is sleeping. They bite with no pain. However repeated biting will result in tiny lesions that are similar to lesions resulted from bites from mosquitoes or fleas. The human body's reaction during bites by bed bugs to saliva triggers the lesions.

The marks of bites can be difficult to determine the species of insect. The best method of determining whether a house is infested with bed bugs is to search for live ones. To locate the bed bugs, bedrooms and beds must be thoroughly scrutinized. The preferred hiding places of bed bugs are in seams and linings on mattresses and bedding. Other signs of their presence include the droppings off skins, as well as distinctive dark red or brown marks left on the bed linen from their urine. Bed bugs can also be identified by the unpleasant smell they produce that is similar to the coriander leaf smell.

Live specimens can be compared with references of bedbugs to confirm their identification. An entomologist who is qualified should be sought out if identification is not possible. Once the infestation is identified, it can be dealt with using various techniques. View source
Topic revision: r2 - 2021-07-12 - KersTin69
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