Before you set out to treat bud infestation it is essential to properly identify the bed bugs. Using treatment for the wrong insect might be a wasted effort. See below to proper identification and treatment guidelines.
The most common bed bug found in homes worldwide is the (Cimex lectularius).The insects are fast at adapting, meaning they can now successfully live in human environment with temperate climates. There are some other insects that have a striking resemblance with bed bugs. It requires experience and magnification to properly distinguish this insect from others.
The tropical bed bug (Cimex hemipterus)are commonly found in tropical environments like Florida and they also feed on humans.
Different species called the bat bugs Cimex pipistrelli (Europe), Cimex pilosellus (western US), and Cimex adjunctus(entire eastern US also dwell in tropical areas but temperate regions are more preferable. The primary host of this specie is the bat but whenever the bats are not close by they turn to humans as their host.
The Mexican chicken bug (Haematosiphon inodora) has similar looks with the common bed bug and it dwells mostly in North America. The primary host of this specie of bugs is the domestic fowls and they are commonly found in poultry farms.
Barn swallow bugs (Oeciacus vicarius) are also closely related to beg bud in looks. These bugs feed majorly on barn swallows and dwell in their nest however; they feed on humans as well in the absence of their primary host.
Learn the different types of Bed Bugs and bugs commonly mistaken for Bed Bug.
Learn what Bed Bugs look like and how to identify them.
Learn how to identify Bed Bug bites.
Learn how to identify Bed Bugs infestation.
Learn the life cycle of a Bed Bug and when they shed.