WHO AM I?
If you guessed Bed Bug you are correct. If you did not guess Bed Bug then I am sorry but I am a Bed Bug :)
What are Bed Bugs? And how did they get their name?
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood. The term is used loosely to refer to any species of the genus Cimex, and even more loosely to refer to any member of the family Cimicidae (cimicids). The common bedbug, Cimex lectularius, is the most infamous species of the family and prefers to feed on human blood. The name of the "bed bug" is derived from the insect's preferred habitat of houses and especially beds or other areas where people sleep. Bed bugs are mainly active at night, but are not exclusively nocturnal and are capable of feeding on their hosts without being noticed.
How can they get in your home?
Dwellings can become infested with bed bugs in a variety of ways, such as:
- Bugs and eggs inadvertently brought in from other infested dwellings by visiting pets, or a visiting person's clothing or luggage
- Infested items (such as furniture, clothing or backpacks) brought in
- Nearby dwellings or infested items, if easy routes are available for travel (through duct work or false ceilings)
- Wild animals (such as bats or birds) that may also harbor bed bugs or related species such as the bat bug
- People or pets visiting an infested areas (apartment, subway, movie theater, or hotel) and carrying the bugs to another area on their clothing, luggage, or bodies
Bed Bugs like to snack on you while you sleep. Here are some pictures of what Bed Bugs have done to others.
But have no fear! You can do something about Bed Bugs!
Learn more about Bed Bugs and how you can protect yourself, your family and your home.