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Bed bug photo (Cimex lectularius)

✨ About[edit]

  • Bed bug is a type of insect that feed on human blood, usually at night.

πŸ“– Info list[edit]

  • Common name: Bed bug
  • Scientific name: Cimex lectularius (the common bed bug), Cimex hemipterus (tropical bed bug)
  • Type: Bugs, insects
  • Color: Reddish-brown body
  • Length: 1 mm to 7 mm long
  • Body structure: long flattened body with small non-functional wings
  • Food: Human blood (primary food), other parasitized hosts
  • Ways to locate a host: body temperature, moisture, carbon dioxide and visual cues
  • Feeding time: Usually midnight when human are sleeping.
  • Place of appearance and living: most of the time in dark, hidden locations (like mattress seams or cracks in the wall).

πŸ”¬ Scientific classification[edit]

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hemiptera
  • Family: Cimicidae
  • Genus: Cimex
  • Species:
    • Cimex adjunctus
    • Cimex antennatus
    • Cimex brevis
    • Cimex columbarius
    • Cimex emarginatus
    • Cimex incrassatus
    • Cimex japonicus
    • Cimex latipennis
    • Cimex lectularius (the common bed bug)
    • Cimex hemipterus / Cimex rotundatus (tropical bed bug)
    • Cimex pilosellus
    • Cimex pipistrelli

😷 Transmitted diseases[edit]

  • Short answer: none.
  • Although bed bugs themselves can be infected with at least 28 human pathogens, no studies have found that the bed bugs are capable of transmitting any of these to humans.[1][2]
  • Investigations into potential transmission of HIV, MRSA, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and hepatitis E have not shown that bed bugs can spread these diseases.
  • However, there is some evidence that arboviruses may be transmissible.[3][4]

πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ Medical effects[edit]

  • Bed bug bites or cimicosis may lead to a range of skin manifestations from no visible effects to prominent blisters.
  • Effects include skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms.

πŸ‘£ Causes[edit]

  • The common causes include travelling and second-hand furnishings.
  • Infestation is rarely due to a lack of hygiene but is more common in high-density areas.

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