When bed bugs bite, they usually do it in clusters of 3 to 5 bites at once.
But since bed bugs are so tiny, it can take people a while to realize that’s what they’re dealing with. They might think it’s just a rash or bites from another type of bug like fleas or spiders.
Keep reading to learn more about the different types of bed bugs, and what to do about them.
Types of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are part of a bigger classification of bugs called Cimex. But most of these species are harmless to humans since they don’t feed off of them, and keep far away from them.
The two bed bug types humans need to worry about are Cimex lectularius and Cimex hemipterus.
Common Bed Bugs
Cimex lectularius is also known as the regular or common bed bug. These are the ones most likely to be found in your home.
They’re more common in the northern hemisphere in places like Europe, North America, and Asia. But they have been found in many densely populated cities across the world.
Tropical Bed Bugs
Cimex hemipterus is also known as the tropical bed bug. These bugs are found in tropical climates, and actually prefer to feed on bats. But humans pick them up when walking outside, and if the bugs are hungry enough, they’re happy to feed on humans.
It’s unlikely that you’ll encounter these bed bugs unless you live in a tropical area with a big bat population, or have recently traveled through one.
Identifying Bed Bugs
Since bed bugs are so small, it’s impossible to tell what type it is without putting them under a microscope. Sometimes you can’t even see the bugs unless you know to look for them.
Here are some of the most common signs of bed bugs in your home:
- tiny red, brown, or black spots on pillows, mattresses, sofas, and rugs
- clusters of bite marks on your skin
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
By the time you realize you’ve got a bed bug infestation, it’s too late to do anything about it yourself. Bed bugs get into the seams of your furniture, sometimes even behind your wallpaper. The best option is to call professionals for help.
Professionals have the right pesticides to wipe out the bed bugs, and they know how to check all the small hiding places in your house to make sure they got them all.
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Dealing With the Different Types of Bed Bugs
When there are a few different types of bed bugs, it can get overwhelming to figure out how to deal with them.
The trick is knowing how to identify that you’ve got bed bugs. Once you’ve done that, you can call professionals, and they’ll get rid of them.
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