BED BUGS (Cimex Lectularius)

Long Island, NY

Bed Bugs are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood and are in the cimicid family. The name bed bug comes from the common areas found in the warm home near beds, bedding or other areas of sleep.

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There are approximately 30 species of Bedbugs found throughout the world and are of the family Cimicidae.  They are blood sucking parasites that are flat, approximately 6mm in length, long, oval and vary between reddish and brownish in color.  The common human bedbug is also known as Cimex Lectularis and are found in warmer or temperate regions of the globe.  They are nocturnal and spend daylight hours hiding in dark protected places such as cracks, between sheets, bedding or other furniture junctions.  Bedbugs can spawn 3-4 generations per year and maturation takes approximately 2-3 months in duration. Bites can cause irritation in many human hosts and will look towards animals or poultry in the absence of human.  The bedbug can live up to a year without a host.  They can prove to be very difficult to treat properly.
Advance Pest Control uses various methods for the eradication of Bedbugs including the use of chemical treatment, heat treatments, etc.  
"bedbug." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. 2013. 12 Mar. 2014 <>.