Species of bed bugThere are three species of bed bugs Dubai that are commonly found in homes and other buildings.
Common bedbug (Cimex Lectularius)Cimex lectularius or the common bedbug is the most widespread of the three and is found in all continents except Antarctica. They are oval-shaped insects, around 5-7mm in length, with a reddish-brown coloration. They feed on the blood of humans and animals and can survive for up to 18 months without a meal.
Tropical bedbug (Cimex Hemipterus)Cimex Hemipterus or the tropical bedbug is found in tropical and subtropical regions, including parts of Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America. They are slightly larger than common bedbugs, at around 7-10mm in length, and have a darker coloration. They also feed on human and animal blood, but can only survive for around six months without a meal.
Bat bug (Cimex Pilosellus)Cimex Pilosellus or the bat bug is the largest of the three species, at around 10-13mm in length. They are found in temperate regions across the world, including Europe, North America, and Australia. Also, they get their name from their preferred host – bats – but will also feed on the blood of humans if necessary. In addition, they may go for up to a year without eating.
Signs of a bedbug infestationIf you suspect you have bedbugs, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Small brownish or reddish stains on your sheets, pillowcases, or mattress. These are bedbug droppings and may be one of the first things you notice.
- Bloodstains on your sheets or clothing. You may notice these if you’ve been bitten by bedbugs in your sleep.
- Tiny black dots on your mattress, box spring, or furniture. These are bedbug feces and can be a telltale sign of an infestation.
- A sweet, musty smell in your room. This is another sign that there may be bedbugs present.