What are bed bugs?

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Jan
25

What are bed bugs?

The following information is attributed to  http://www.bedbugs.org/

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on both animal blood and human blood. These insects have been around for centuries, and they are so well-adapted to feeding on human that most people may not be aware when they are being bitten. Bed bugs generally feed when people are sitting calmly or sleeping, and they particularly enjoy feeding at night. Adult bed bugs can survive for more than a year without feeding, which is one adaptation that has ensured the survival of bed bugs.

During the middle of the 20th century, bed bugs were in decline in America. Perhaps this was because people were knowledgeable about their existence and frequently used pest control methods to control them. However, in the past few decades, people’s worries over bed bugs diminished because the presence of bed bugs in homes became a rare occurrence. In the past few years, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in the number of reported bed bug reports.

Today, many people are still ignorant about bed bugs. Some people believe they are immune to the problem as long as they keep a clean house. That is not true. People also generally believe that bed bugs are a problem only for the lower-class. That is not true either. Any home or dwelling can become infested, regardless of how clean or tidy it is, and so that is why people should educate themselves about bed bugs.

What do bed bugs look like?

They are small, only about 1/4 of an inch in length. Bed bugs are usually reddish-brown in color, though they are sometimes a much lighter straw color. They are sometimes referred to as Mahogany Flats, probably because they are flat and oval-shaped. They are similar in size to an apple seed or a lady bug. Baby bed bugs are significantly smaller than adult bed bugs, and they measure smaller than 6 mm. Bed bugs are six-legged creatures, and the upper part of their bodies contains gold-colored hair. They have visible antennae and cone-like eyes.

The males have a sharp flap on the back of their bodies, while the female of the species has a body that ends in a rounded or curved segment. The upper body of both the males and females is often described as being wrinkly like crinkled paper. It has been reported that bed bugs emit a musty, sweet odor from glands located on their thorax.

The term given to an immature bed bug is “nymph.” Nymphs are small, and they shed their skins regularly before they reach adulthood. These immature bed bugs must eat a meal before they shed, and they shed about five times before they become mature insects.

Bed bugs are not flying insects, though they are somewhat mobile. They tend to be found around places where people recline or sleep

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