Bed bugs (Cimex Lectularius)
Bed bugs are very small insects. Their sizes can range from 1 to 6 mm depending on their developmental stage.
These insects are brownish orange in colour.
Bed bugs have an oval shape, 6 legs and antennae but no wings.
They mainly feed on human blood, and prefer it to that of animals since we have no fur!
In the urban environment, these bugs often hide in beds, headboards and blankets to feed on the blood of their hosts who they suck on while they sleep. During the day, they hide from the light in crevices in the mattress and the bed.
Consequences / Dangers
These parasites often cause itching and redness of the skin. This is an allergic reaction to the bite.Fortunately they do not transmit diseases.
When bedbugs extract the blood of humans, they inject their saliva which anesthetises the bite and prevents the host from waking. It is very difficult to detect the initial presence of bedbugs because of their small size and their limited quantity. With time they reproduce and evidence of their presence is notable.
There are some habits to adopt to remedy the problem of an invasion of these parasites.
So consult an extermination specialist by checking out our prevention guide below.