Cimex spp

Appearance: Bedbugs are reddish brown in color, ovate and have no wings. It has a flat body and can hide in crevices. The newly hatched bedbugs are transparent and very small, while the adults are 5 mm in size. Generally, they are transparent and reddish in color after eating the blood of their host.

Behavior: Bedbugs are usually carried in luggage, which allows them to be scattered wherever humans go. They hide in mattresses and furniture and become a problem in households, hotels, dormitories and theaters. Due to their small size controlling them can be very difficult.

Sign of Infestation: They hide on mattresses, cots, carpets. Their stools left blackish brown stains on the mattress, and blood stains when accidentally stepped on.

Diseases/Contamination: Bedbug bites can cause extreme itching and can be irritating because they keep scratching. Besides that, bedbugs’ bites make it difficult to sleep (insomnia) stress, moreover some people are allergic to them.

Prevention: Routinely clean the bed, change the bed linen, clean the carpet, and curtains. Cleaning clothes, luggage and belongings after traveling or staying at the hotel.

Reproduction: Bedbugs need blood for their development from hatching to adulthood. Female eggs lay 200 eggs (3-4 eggs per day). Within 5 months, the bedbug measures around 6 to 10 mm to adulthood and can survive up to 10 months.