Are There Different Species of Bed Bugs?
Like most animals and bugs, especially the pesky, frustrating ones, bed bugs come from a family of parasites that all look very similar. All of these species are difficult to tell apart. Relatives of bed bugs are often mistakenly identified. It seems many of us are eager to identify other types of bugs as those miniature antagonists of our nightmares.
The genus of these little bloodsuckers is known as Cimex. Though all of these different species love to feast on blood, not all of them consider humans the perfect lunch. This insect genus have similar looking bugs that find their favorite buffets on not only humans but swallows, bats, and chickens. We aren’t the only ones who attract these nasty critters, it seems. Many of these bugs look identical to the naked eye, especially if you are no expert.
These nasty creatures look very similar to bed bugs. The human parasite is typically over .25 inches, has a red-brown body, and has long hair. The bat-blood lover rarely gets to even .25 inches, has a dark-brown body, and has shorter hair. The hair on both bugs is so fine that the naked eye cannot tell the difference.
Though they prefer bat’s blood, bat bugs have been found in human beds. Because humans aren’t their preferred food source, however, they are more easily dealt with than their frustrating Cimex cousins.
Swallow bugs look noticeably different only when put underneath a microscope. They have long fine hair down the entire length of their body. They are found drinking from the skin of humans even less often than their bat bug cousins, but they have been known to take a sip when times get difficult.
Tropical Bed Bugs
Though actually a slightly different species from the common bed bug, tropical bed bugs also love to enjoy the taste of human. We are their preferred meal, and you might encounter one of these bugs if you live in or visit Florida. The further south you travel, the more prevalent this type of parasite becomes. These two bugs look almost identical, with the tropical bug’s body shaped a little less u-like than the other’s. Otherwise, they could pass for twins.
Take Care of Your Infestation
At Bed Bug Heaters, we take care of your infestations for you. No matter how big or how small, we get the job done. We use all the latest and most thorough techniques to make sure you get back to sleeping soundly. These nasty parasites can cause serious anxiety and restless sleep. Don’t put yourself through that; contact our team today.