How do beg bugs feed

Bedbug has a specially

Bedbug has a specially

Bedbug has a specially adapted to feed himself blood-sucking piercing device, that his two jaws are turned into. This device looks like a small tube that is strong enough to pierce the skin of a person, but unable to pierce the skin of the dog. Therefore, parasite bugs do not spread their deceases on large domestic animals. And it would be more correct to say that bed bugs rather stab than bite.

When insect is feeding it presses its proboscis to the bottom of the cephalothorax, making it invisible. Bed bugs and some of their relatives have even a special groove on the cephalothorax, acting as a special sheath to the injection gun.

During the process of biting bug pierces skin with proboscis and tries to reach with it blood vessel When he manages it (and thanks to the ability to feel the aftershocks of blood in the capillaries he does it masterfully), the parasite sucks 1-1,5 ml of blood.

Bug’s proboscis has two channels – one for sucking blood, and the second – for the injecting saliva into the wound, acting as an analgesic. As a result, adult bed bugs’ bite painless for his victim.

After receiving of such portion of blood an insect moves a few centimeters over the body and the entire operation again repeats. So the parasite produces a series of 3-6 bites during which absorbs up to 7 ml of blood. The weight of such dose is almost twice as an adult insect, and it lasts for a week and a half of rest and digestion.

As a result, bugs feed every 7-10 days. But how often bedbugs bite depends on their number in the room – in heavily infested apartment in the morning people can count on a body over 500 bites.

Larvae of bed bugs feed more often and in smaller portions, the smallest of which are required to feed almost daily. Interestingly, the larvae when biting do not injecting saliva in, and itching begins to feel when an insect is still in the process of feeding.


How easily do bed bugs spread?

It is important to remember that the sanitary condition of housing does not affect the appeal of it for bedbugs. Parasites are equally willing to occupy and filthy barracks, and luxury apartments. Only in the last one because of the smaller amount of furniture, and the best of its condition has considerably less place for the bugs to settle down normally, and even the first settlers are getting killed by sneakers and brooms, without having any reproduction. And sorting out the reason of the bugs getting in the house, the cleanliness of the appartment should be brought into consideration in the last turn.

The main gate of a house or apartment for bedbugs are ventilation passages, sockets and water pipes and heating systems, doors and windows. And the most common source of new insects – clothes, bought furniture, second-hand, hiking backpacks and bags. After penetration into the appartment insects hide in the rooms where people sleep under beds, in wardrobes, under carpets, behind baseboards, in cracks of furniture and mattresses.


  1. Jon2000 says:

    Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are parasitic insects that feed upon the blood of humans and animals while they sleep. In the home, they are experts at staying hidden. You can find bed bugs hiding in the folds of mattresses, in crevices on headboards, and other areas around your bedroom. Bed bugs are tiny; a fully mature adult will only grow up to 7 mm long.

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