- Bed bug is a type of insect that feed on human blood, usually at night.
📖 Info list
- 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).
🔬 Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- Order: Hemiptera
- Family: Cimicidae
- Genus: Cimex
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
👩⚕️ Medical effects
- 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.
- 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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