Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius): Biology and their Role as Pests to Humans

  • Dreann Nicole Fedor Grant MacEwan University

Abstract

 

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are blood feeding ectoparasites that have evolved as human pests due to their unique biology and reproduction. Common side effects of bed bug bites include: skin lesions, localized inflammation, itchiness and anxiety. There are numerous control methods to reduce bed bug populations such as vacuuming, steaming, laundering, exposure to extreme temperatures and chemical eradication methods. Bed bugs have become resistant to pyrethroid insecticides and DDT, supporting the cosmopolitan reemergence of bed bugs in the last couple decades.

Author Biography

Dreann Nicole Fedor, Grant MacEwan University
Student
Published
2014-10-22
How to Cite
Fedor, D. N. (2014). Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius): Biology and their Role as Pests to Humans. MacEwan University Student EJournal, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.31542/j.muse.200
Section
Arts and Sciences - Science