Pest D – Correct!

Pest D is a bed bug.

A survey of pest exterminators revealed that around two-thirds of their customers’ calls about a “flea problem” turned out to be a bedbug infestation!

A bed bug is a ¼ inch long parasite that lives on the blood of its hosts, namely of humans. Its body is the shape of an apple seed and is reddish-brown in color. Bed bugs take shelter in warm habitats and, due to their flat bodies, can hide in the smallest of crevices. It takes a long time to find them, but their presence can be visible. Although they do not build nests, they will hide together in very tight areas. You could have bed bugs in the mattress, in the mattress lining, in the bed frame, in the headboard or on the springs. They can be transported on clothes and luggage or they can hide in the bed linen, stuffed animals and other items you keep close to your bed.

How can you tell you have a bed bug problem? When you wake up with itchy red spots all over your body or on one specific uncovered area of the body, it usually means that there are several bugs feeding off you during the night or that they are in a crevice near which you slept and they crawled back into the vicinity. They leave fecal spots, blood stains and egg shells as signs of their presence. Although they do not fly or jump, they move really fast.

Although they are usually very small and flat, their body mass increases after feeding (which usually can last between 3 and 10 minutes), when they become red and swollen. Bed bug bites can be just about anywhere on your body, and the kind of reaction you’ll get can range from unnoticeable to angry welts: It just depends on whether you react to proteins in the bugs’ saliva. Typically, bed bug bites come in groups of three—clusters or rows. Most often, people get red bumps that itch; the bites can appear as welts or blisters.

A bed bug can last up to one year without eating and during the course of its life it will shed five times and will need to feed every time this happens. In time, and with the ban of very strong chemicals, they have become more resistant to the sprays used. Having bed bugs is not a sign of dirtiness as they are mainly brought in from the outside, even on clothes.


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