Bed Bug
(Cimex lectularis)

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Bed bugs are usually found on bed frames, headboards, skirting boards and around mattresses. They feed on their host's blood and are active from evening to night time. Attracted by the host's body heat, they inject saliva that delays the swelling and itching when feeding.

Description

In their adult stage, they are between 3-5mm long, brown to a reddish tint of brown, oval shaped but they are also flattened out. When they have just had a meal, the bed bug is swollen looking, they will be longer now and have a dark red color to them. On the front of their heads, they have what looks like a beak that allows them to pierce and suck from their mouths.

Biology

The female will lay her eggs down a crevice, between 1 and 12 a day. The eggs of bed bugs are white or colorless. Depending on conditions, the eggs may take from 5-18 days to hatch.

Food

Bed bugs feed on the blood of their host. This will most likely be humans in the case of Cimex lextularius

Habitat

Will live close to their host, on your bed frame, around mattresses, bedroom furniture, cracks in skirting boards.

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