Bedbugs are a menace because they can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas. The normal lifespan is 2-3 months. The female bed bug can produce from 200-500 healthy eggs during her lifetime and may lay from 2-5 eggs each day. All the more reason to exterminate proactively to control if not eliminate the population.
Bed bugs are sponging insects of the cimicid family that feed only on warm-blooded animals. Bed bugs are small, wingless, and flat insects, always small in size.
Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is the best known as it prefers to feed on human blood. It is attracted to humans because of the thermal radiation they emit as well as our exhalation of CO2. Some bite humans but others prefer birds and bats. If you have bats or birds in and around your home, you could experience outcomes of both human and animal loving bedbugs.
They are called bedbugs because of their ideal habitat is in human homes: sofas, bed mattresses, and other soft furnishings. Their company is apparent because their excrement leaves brown to black stains on mattresses and linens, and bloodstains are left behind if they are crushed. Bed bugs are normally transported within luggage, allowing them to multiply anywhere humans settle. Typical bedbugs: Cimex lectularius and Haematosiphon inodora Located primarily in North America, the Mexican chicken bug (Haematosiphon inodora) also closely look like the common bed bug. Nevertheless, these insects are found on poultry farms and choose bird species, domestic fowl, and sometimes pigs as hosts. The common or household bed bug can be sited worldwide. They fine-tune well to human environments and customarily live in temperate climates. Adults are about the size of an apple seed, 5-7 mm or 3/16 - 1/4 inches, and are brown, but appear reddish-brown when distended with blood. Young bed bugs look like little versions of their parents. Their bodies are flat and oval-shaped.