Types of Bed Bugs
The common or household bed bug (Cimex lectularius) is found worldwide. These insects adapt well to human environments and typically live in temperate climates. A number of other related pests resemble bed bugs in habits and appearance. Proper identification usually requires magnification and experience with distinguishing the different species.
The tropical bedbug (Cimex hemipterus) also feeds on humans but prefers more tropical regions such as Florida.
Bat bugs (Cimex adjunctus) have also been observed in tropical regions as well as more temperate areas. This species feeds primarily on bats, although they do sometimes feed on human hosts, especially if the preferred source is no longer present.
Located primarily in North America, the Mexican chicken bug (Haematosiphon inodora) also closely resembles the common bed bug. However, these insects are typically found on poultry farms and choose bird species and domestic fowl as hosts.
Barn swallow bugs resemble bed bugs as well. Although barn swallow bugs feed primarily on cliff swallows and live in swallow nests, they have been known to enter human dwellings when bird migration occurs.
It is important to accurately identify bed bugs before beginning treatment of an infestation. Incorrect control methods will prove ineffective and may be harmful. Contact your local pest control experts to arrange an inspection and consultation.