Bedbugs are tiny insects about the size of a pen tip. Their skin is transparent, which makes them difficult to notice even when they are fully grown. As an adult, they spend their entire life feeding and producing eggs. This allows them to remain undetected for weeks at a time. In addition, bedbugs do not prefer dirty or cluttered environments. In fact, they can live in the cleanest of places.
Bedbugs feed on the blood of humans. Because of their flattened bodies, they can fit into tiny spaces and feed during the day. Bedbugs have been around for 3,550 years, and they have evolved over the years to form many different subspecies. The first recorded bedbug species was found in the Middle East, but they have now spread all over the world.
Although bedbugs do not spread disease, they are still considered dangerous because they can cause serious health issues. The bedbugs may carry the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease, a type of heart failure. It is also possible to contract a blood infection if you are exposed to bedbugs.
While the bugs can be killed by spiders and cockroaches, they are difficult to eradicate due to their small size and hidden harborages. Although they feed on blood, bedbugs cannot fly to food sources, which makes them difficult to catch. For this reason, pest control methods that eliminate them must be paired with measures that exclude their wild hosts.