bedbug1Bed bugs are a type of parasitic bug. They feed off of sucking the blood from animals. These animals can include humans and other mammals, and also birds. The bed bug is small, about the size of an apple seed, and is oval in shape.

Before the bed bug feeds on blood, he is brown in color. After the bug feeds on blood, he turns red and puffs up, becoming more rounded in shape.

The bed bug is not a flying creature, but can move very quickly. They appear to skitter or float across flat surfaces, like walls and floors, and ceilings. They are often spotted in bedrooms, on the light colored sheets that people use on their beds.

A mother bed bug can lay hundreds and hundreds of eggs at a time. The eggs are about the size of the speck of dust. When bed bugs are born, they are called nymphs.

They are a young and immature version of the adult bed bug, and will have to shed their skins up to five times before they are able to hunt for and eat blood as a mature bed bug. It can take up to a month for the bed bug to mature to the stage where they are a full adult.

Sometimes, when it is more difficult for the mother to find food, the bed bug can take even longer to grow to adulthood.

bedbug2lifecycleBed bugs do not transmit disease or cause any long term ill effects to humans or animals. However, they are a significant nuisance pest.

They are largely active at night, and are fed when they bite people as they sleep. They feed by puncturing the skin of their prey, and then they use a beak to suck the blood out of their prey.

They can feed for up to fifteen minutes at a session. Typically, their bite is painless, but when they leave their prey, the area where the beak was inserted turns into an itchy raised welt.

Unlike the bites of other creatures, there is no red spot in the middle to indicate the insertion point, but the pain is definitely there!

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