Bed bugs are wingless insects, roughly oval in shape, 4-5mm long when fully grown. They are rust brown in colour and change to a deeper red brown following a blood meal. Bed bugs are blood feeders and are most active at night or in the early hours before dawn, but if starved for some time they may be active during the day. They are attracted to body heat and the carbon dioxide in expired air, which is how they find their host. To obtain a blood meal the bed bug pierces the skin of the host and injects saliva. This saliva has an anticoagulant property which makes the blood flow more easily. Bed bugs ingest their meal rapidly only taking 5-10 minutes to engorge themselves. Their bite is painless but becomes itchy and swells into a reddened wheal. Unlike the random pattern of bites made by mosquitoes, bedbugs tend to leave orderly rows.
The female in her lifetime may lay 2 to 500 eggs which usually hatch within 7 to 30 days, depending on climatic conditions. Adult bed bugs can live for approximately 6-12 months. Bed bugs will hide (and lay eggs) in a variety of household objects close to where humans sleep such as mattresses, bed frames, furniture, behind skirting boards, loose wallpaper and floorboards, and in cracks and crevices of walls. They can be transported all over the world via travellers luggage, clothes etc. Allergies are rare to bed bug bites but sometimes people will experience irritation and swelling at the site of the bite.
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Cockroaches are close relatives of termites and belong to the insect Order Blattodea. They represent a primitive and highly successful group of insects whose origins extend back at least 300 million years. Most pest cockroaches originated in tropical or subtropcal Africa.
Their wide distribution and close association with humans, coupled with the high frequency with which they carry human diseases, in and on their bodies, have given them a very high pest status in most parts of the world.
While there are about 3500 species of cockroach worldwide, only about 10 species have seriously exploited the dwellings of humans.
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Fleas are a type of wingless parasites belonging to the order of insects called Siphonaptera, which means “wingless siphon”. They feed off the blood of humans and animals such as dogs and cats. Since fleas use a wide range of hosts, diseases can be transferred from one host to another. Fleas are known to transmit tapeworm larvae and, uncommonly, the disease murine typhus. They are most notorious for transmitting “bubonic” (Black Death) plague from wild rodents to humans through the world in the 14th century causing the deaths of over 200 million people.
Now, these insects are better known for their irritation and pest status worldwide.
Fleas are light brown to mahogany in colour and roughly oval shaped. Their laterally flattened appearance enables them to quickly move through the host’s hair. Measuring 2-8 mm in length, the adults are entirely covered with a series of bristles and combs that assists them in clinging to the host.
There are three main species of flea that infest humans:
A flea bite is intensely itchy and secondary infections caused by scratching are common.
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Spiders belong to an ancient group of animals called the Arachnida. Arachnids include scorpions, ticks and mites, harvestmen and false scorpions. Worldwide there are about 36,000 spiders. Almost all spiders possess venom for the purpose of subduing their prey - normally insects. This makes spiders one of the most beneficial of invertebrate groups. Spider venom is occasionally used against humans. This usually happens when the spider is trying to defend itself. While many spiders are not able to penetrate human skin with their fangs, those that can occasionally inflict painful and, in rare cases, dangerous bites.
Only a few species, including the Redback Spider and some funnel-web and mouse spider species, can inflict bites that are potentially fatal to humans. One of the most dangerous of all is the Sydney Funnel-web Spider. There have been no fatalities from Sydney Funnel-web bites since the development of effective antivenom.
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