Bed Bug

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are considered warm blood suckers.

Bed bugs are considered warm blood suckers. They are reddish-brown in color and appear oval, somewhat flattened and approximately 0.2 inches long by their shape. Bed bug is the common term for these annoying critters, but their scientific name is Cimex Lectularius, or Cimex Hemipterus.

Cimex Lectularius, also coined the Cosmopolitan, are most frequently found in the northern temperate climates of North America, Europe, and Central Asia. The tropical bed bug, Cimex Hemipterus, is found in the warmer areas of Africa, Asia, and the tropics of North America and South America. In the United States, Cimex Hemipterus can be found in Florida.

Bed bugs are attracted to the warmth and carbon dioxide of a host and are quick to find a suitable feeding site. They tend not to live with human beings, but prey on their blood as a meal. Feeding typically occurs during the night hours. They generally remain idle during the day while digesting their food.

Bed bugs resemble cockroaches and have six tiny legs which they use to crawl very fast and evade retaliation from their prey.

Bed bugs resemble cockroaches and have six tiny legs which they use to crawl very fast and evade retaliation from their prey. Their flattened bodies allow them to easily sneak into the cracks and crevices of bed frames, wooden furniture, carpets and filthy bed sheets. The presumption is that they reproduce in hot, moist climates and reside in wooden articles. The pictures on this site can give you a fair idea of what these little critters look like.

The origin of bed bugs cannot be determined with certainty. However, a proposed theory asserts they emerged before WWII, and that during the 1940s they became practically extinct due to excessive use of DDT and other kinds of pesticides. But, after 1950 they resurfaced, hitting the people of North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

The origin of bed bugs cannot be determined with certainty. However, a proposed theory asserts they emerged before WWII, and that during the 1940s they became practically extinct due to excessive use of DDT and other kinds of pesticides.

An established fact is that they migrated from various regions of the world through briefcases, luggage and bed clothes. Surviving especially on the warm blood of human beings, they are found near people on their beds, furniture and folded linen.

Davis Exterminators Inc. services the following areas:
Bay County • Gulf County: Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe •
Walton County: Rosemary Beach and Seagrove Beach

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