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Bedbug

Insect

(Cimex hemipterus)
Bedbug
Appearance

Adults are 4-5 mm long, wingless, rounded, flat and reddish-brown. New hatched nymphs are translucent; nymphs resemble the adults and grow through 5 moults before reaching maturity.

Life Cycle

Eggs (up to 350), 0.8-1.3mm long, ink-bulb-shaped, laid in cracks and crevices near host and cemented in place by glue; 5 nymphal stages lasting up to 50 days; adults can live for more than 1 year without feeding.

Notes

The common Bedbug (Cimex lectularius), is found in temperate regions across the world while in India and other tropical regions, the Tropical Bedbug (Cimex hemipterus) is more common. Usually found in human habitation, hiding in cracks and crevices in beds and bedding in the daytime, emerging at night to feed on human blood. Their bites dont cause much irritation, but the bugs possess stink glands on their thorax that cause a disgusting odour when disturbed. Though they can harbor pathogens in their bodies, including plague and hepatitis B,they have not been linked to the transmission of any disease and therefore not considered a medical threat. However, humans can get skin infections and scars from scratching bites. For causing disgust and sheer nuisance value, Bedbugs are perhaps the No.1 pest!