Size:4–5 mm (0.16–0.20 in)
Life Expectancy:Varies by species
Problems:Bites and sores
Behaviour, Diet and Habits:
Bed bugs are obligatory bloodsucking insects. Most species feed on humans only when other prey are unavailable. Bed bugs are attracted to their hosts primarily by carbon dioxide and by warmth. Bedbugs prefer exposed skin, preferably the face, neck, and arms of a sleeping person.
Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts.
Minimizing Bedbug Problems:
Eradication of bed bugs frequently requires a combination of nonpesticide approaches and the occasional use of pesticides. Mechanical approaches, such as vacuuming up the insects and heat-treating or wrapping mattresses, are effective.
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