The most common bed bug is the household bed bug (Cimex lectularius), and this species is found all over the world. Bed bugs have adapted to thrive in temperate human environments. It is important to keep in mind that many other pests resemble bed bugs in appearance and even some habits. Consult a professional with the proper equipment and training to correctly identify the pests in your home.
Tropical Bed Bug
A close cousin to the household bed bug is the tropical bed bug (Cimex hemipterus). This species also feeds on humans but rather than temperate climates it thrives in tropical regions such as Florida.
Another form of bed bug that can handle tropical climates is the bat bug (Cimex adjunctus). The name for this species of bed bug comes from their tendency to live in bats’ nests and feed on the animals within. Bat bugs will feed on humans when there is no bats present.
Typically found on poultry farms in North America, poultry bugs (Haematosiphon inodora) closely resemble the household bed bug. Their preferred food sources are chickens, turkey and any other form of domesticated fowl.
Don’t underestimate how important it is to accurately identify the type of pests in your home before beginning treatment. Though these insects all look and behave similarly, they may require different approaches for removing them from your premises. Contact the experts at Pronto Pest today to arrange an inspection and consultation.