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Biting Insects

Biting Insects

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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes belong to the same family as true flies and gnats. They are most known for “biting” people and causing a raised itchy welt on the skin. It is actually only the female mosquito that does any biting, she needs the protein from the blood in order to create her eggs. Both males and females feed on sugars found in plants, nectar, and honey dew.

Bed Bugs

A type of nocturnal, parasitic pest that feed on the blood of mammals, and unfortunately for us, humans are a mammal. Adult bed bugs are about 3/16th of an inch in length and are a flat-oval shape, brownish-red color, and turn redder after a blood meal. Their eggs are small, only about 1 mm in size and are whitish in color. Bed bug nymphs are no larger than a pinhead and both nymphs and eggs are very difficult to see with the naked eye.

Chiggers

Chiggers are the larval stage of parasitic mites that bite and borough and feed on the blood of warm blooded animals. Closely related to ticks and spiders, these pests have the same four stages of development; egg, larva, nymph and finally adult.

What do they look like?

Chiggers are are less than 1/150th of inch and barely visible to the naked eye. They are red and have six legs in this larval stage, and migrate in large clusters. They will drop off and eventually become an eight legged adult mite.

Fleas

Fleas are insects that feed on the blood of humans or animals. Some of the more common fleas encountered in our geography include cat fleas, dog fleas and human fleas. Fleas undergo complete metamorphosis (egg, larva, pupa, adult) and the adult measures about 1/8 inches in length.