Biting Insects

Bedbugs

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Bedbugs  (Climex Lectularius) are attracted to humans from body heat and the carbon dioxide within the atmosphere of the surroundings. Bed bugs generally feed during the evening and hide away within small cracks and crevices during the day they are most often found within very close proximity of the host in the bedroom although can also be found elsewhere.


Bed bugs will bite and may cause a reaction to the skin which can often cause red bumps and rash like marks which may result in a burning sensation. Bud bugs usually bite around the neck or face of the host which can normally be identified by the straight lined bite marks.




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Bite like marks                                   Bed bug Eggs                          Bed Bug

What to look for?

The insect itself are about 5mm long, Flat and oval shaped the colouration of this insect is a reddish brown. It is likely these are the first things to spot however these  insects also lay a cluster of around 500 eggs over a couple of  months and are normally found within the close proximity of the host under the underside of the mattress or behind bed boards etc.  

The insects also exhibit incomplete metamorphosis where as they grow they shed their skins which look like a light brown shell which can be seen in bedded within the mattress and close to the hosts. These insects also excrete a black faecal substance after feeding these can normally be identified on the sheets in the morning which can be identified as Blood spots.

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Bedbugs

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Bedbugs  (Climex Lectularius) are attracted to humans from body heat and the carbon dioxide within the atmosphere of the surroundings. Bed bugs generally feed during the evening and hide away within small cracks and crevices during the day they are most often found within very close proximity of the host in the bedroom although can also be found elsewhere.


Bed bugs will bite and may cause a reaction to the skin which can often cause red bumps and rash like marks which may result in a burning sensation. Bud bugs usually bite around the neck or face of the host which can normally be identified by the straight lined bite marks.




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Bite like marks                                   Bed bug Eggs                          Bed Bug

What to look for?

The insect itself are about 5mm long, Flat and oval shaped the colouration of this insect is a reddish brown. It is likely these are the first things to spot however these  insects also lay a cluster of around 500 eggs over a couple of  months and are normally found within the close proximity of the host under the underside of the mattress or behind bed boards etc.  

The insects also exhibit incomplete metamorphosis where as they grow they shed their skins which look like a light brown shell which can be seen in bedded within the mattress and close to the hosts. These insects also excrete a black faecal substance after feeding these can normally be identified on the sheets in the morning which can be identified as Blood spots.

Fleas

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Fleas are wingless insects they will normally be 2-3mm long flattened side to side with a well-developed spine. They are usually reddish brown. Fleas can lay several hundred eggs once hatched these larva feed on hot skin and blood. Adult fleas can live for weeks without feeding, although they cannot produce eggs during this time they can still survive.  

Feeding

Fleas are well adapted especially their mouth areas and legs, with tube-like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts which in turn pierce the skin. They have long legs adapted for jumping, and feet designed to cling to the host. A flea can jump vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally up to 13 inches 

Reproducing

Once the flea reaches adulthood, it will mainly be looking for food i.e. blood and then to reproduce. Female fleas can lay 5000 or more eggs over their life! Biting lice often feed on skin and other materials on the skins surface. The life span of a flea can be as short as one year, but may be several years in their ideal conditions. Including the correct temperature a food supply. A flea can usually live at least up to 100 days normally 3 months.

Habitation

Commonly fleas are found on pets the main culprits for flea carriers are birds Dogs or cats. Most commonly the cat flea known as Ctenocephalides Felis Cat fleas can be found in both cats and dogs. There is also the human flea known as Pulex Irritans. Fleas are known to act as a host for tapeworm which can in turn affect humans. 

 

Things to look for:

 

  • Do you have pets? Are they scratching excessively particularly around the head and neck. 

  • Excessive hair loss due to scratching (pets)

  • Have the pets or yourself experience itching or bites. 

  • Red itchy bites 9small red bumps particularly in fold of elbows and knees on ankles and legs in groups of three or four

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Fleas

Having issues with Fleas

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Fleas are wingless insects they will normally be 2-3mm long flattened side to side with a well-developed spine. They are usually reddish brown. Fleas can lay several hundred eggs once hatched these larva feed on hot skin and blood. Adult fleas can live for weeks without feeding, although they cannot produce eggs during this time they can still survive.  

Feeding

Fleas are well adapted especially their mouth areas and legs, with tube-like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts which in turn pierce the skin. They have long legs adapted for jumping, and feet designed to cling to the host. A flea can jump vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally up to 13 inches 

Reproducing

Once the flea reaches adulthood, it will mainly be looking for food i.e. blood and then to reproduce. Female fleas can lay 5000 or more eggs over their life! Biting lice often feed on skin and other materials on the skins surface. The life span of a flea can be as short as one year, but may be several years in their ideal conditions. Including the correct temperature a food supply. A flea can usually live at least up to 100 days normally 3 months.

Habitation

Commonly fleas are found on pets the main culprits for flea carriers are birds Dogs or cats. Most commonly the cat flea known as Ctenocephalides Felis Cat fleas can be found in both cats and dogs. There is also the human flea known as Pulex Irritans. Fleas are known to act as a host for tapeworm which can in turn affect humans. 

 

Things to look for:

 

  • Do you have pets? Are they scratching excessively particularly around the head and neck. 

  • Excessive hair loss due to scratching (pets)

  • Have the pets or yourself experience itching or bites. 

  • Red itchy bites 9small red bumps particularly in fold of elbows and knees on ankles and legs in groups of three or four

Mosquitoes

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Adult mosquitoes usually mate within a few days after emerging from the pupa stage. Female mosquitoes are usually larger than males. Females have fine threadlike antennae with few hairs, whereas males have bushy antennae. In most species, the males form large swarms, usually around dusk, and the females fly into the swarms to mate. Many mosquitoes are not blood eaters however of the bloodsucking mosquitoes only the females that eat blood, it is common for them to be carriers of disease. 

Midges 

Midges are small flying insects they are often mistaken for mosquitoes. They are approximately a half-inch in length and light green to brown in colour. Midges appear in large swarms mostly near water. For example creeks streams canals & any large bodies of water. These are very attracted to lights  e.g street lights or outside lights etc. Although midges do not bite,  they often occur in large numbers and can be annoying.

 

Noticeable Differences

Mosquito                            

Uses proboscis to bite     

Wings are longer than its body   

Always develop in stagnant water.

May carry diseases

Midge

Cannot bite

Wings are shorter than its body

Develop in mud on the bottom of lakes, ponds, etc.

Does not carry diseases

 

Things to look for:

 

  • Large swarms near lighting particularly white lights.

  • Humid temperature 

  • Swarms around dusk

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Mosquitoes

Having issues with MOSQUITOES

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Adult mosquitoes usually mate within a few days after emerging from the pupa stage. Female mosquitoes are usually larger than males. Females have fine threadlike antennae with few hairs, whereas males have bushy antennae. In most species, the males form large swarms, usually around dusk, and the females fly into the swarms to mate. Many mosquitoes are not blood eaters however of the bloodsucking mosquitoes only the females that eat blood, it is common for them to be carriers of disease. 

Midges 

Midges are small flying insects they are often mistaken for mosquitoes. They are approximately a half-inch in length and light green to brown in colour. Midges appear in large swarms mostly near water. For example creeks streams canals & any large bodies of water. These are very attracted to lights  e.g street lights or outside lights etc. Although midges do not bite,  they often occur in large numbers and can be annoying.

 

Noticeable Differences

Mosquito                            

Uses proboscis to bite     

Wings are longer than its body   

Always develop in stagnant water.

May carry diseases

Midge

Cannot bite

Wings are shorter than its body

Develop in mud on the bottom of lakes, ponds, etc.

Does not carry diseases

 

Things to look for:

 

  • Large swarms near lighting particularly white lights.

  • Humid temperature 

  • Swarms around dusk

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