I’m laughing. Serious. Honestly, bedbugs are harmless to humans. They just look like evil reptiles. But in fact, they pose no greater threat to a person than a normal domestic fly.
They were compared to everything from dragons and spray shields (USA) lizards to dinosaurs. But mostly these are ordinary old beetles, like any other, with the only difference being that they have a unique self-defense mechanism that other beetles don’t have – they emit a rotten smell when they’re scared. This smell is enough to scare off any predator and even humans to ward off potential predators.
We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about everything you’ve never wanted to know about these pests and never wanted to ask:
Why are smelling bugs so scary and annoying?
A. One of their distinctive characteristics, which makes them so unique among other representatives of the insect world, is their “reptile” species. They certainly resemble reptiles because of the coating on their backs in the form of a “shell” and flaky texture. Adult bedbugs can grow up to three-quarters of an inch in length, which is quite a lot compared to other conventional pet bedbugs. Their antennas can also be quite long, which adds to their “frightening” factor.
And that smell of coriander they emit?
Next to the belly of the insect are glands that emit an extremely sharp smell. This is their self-defense mechanism. Whenever they are threatened by any danger, they spread this smell in the air as a deterrent to all kinds of predators. The stench is not harmful to other animal species, but it can definitely be disgusting enough to scare people away in disgust! And many people compare its smell with the aroma of cilantro.
And it’s not just a coincidence. In fact, the chemical they secrete is a compound of trans-2-decenal and trans-2-octenal. The reason the smell resembles the smell of cilantro is that cilantro contains trans-2-decenal, the same chemical compound that bedbugs secrete.
Do they harm people in any way?
If you do not take into account the psychological factor of fear, they will not harm people. They don’t bite. They don’t drink your blood. They don’t sting. All they do is be afraid of many people who just have insect phobias. And they can disgust people when they are disgusted. It is known that, indirectly affecting human life, these creatures pose a danger to the farms on which to grow and harvest.
Do they have predators?
If you live in North America, you may be wondering where the bedbugs are in the food chain. Are there other species that hunt or eat them? Although there are predators that would like to try them, unfortunately they are not found mainly in North America. This should not come as a surprise, given that these creatures themselves are not natives of the continent, but are in fact natives of South-East Asia, especially Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan.
In China, their predominant predator is another insect known as the Trissolcus halyomorphae species, a member of the oss insect family. Interestingly, they themselves are not predators of live smelly insects, but rather eat their eggs.
Believe it or not, the United States government is spending dollars of taxes to study the stench epidemic in North America and exploring ways to control the population. This is not surprising, given that these insects pose an economic threat to the agricultural sector. The Government is currently exploring the possibility of introducing these wasps into the North American ecosystem to prevent the spread of their populations. (Let’s hope it doesn’t backfire and accidentally replace one flash with another!). The hope is that these wasps will eat smelly insect eggs to prevent them from being born, providing natural control over the population.
Many people wonder: what do bedbugs eat and what attracts them? Answering some questions about bedbugs will help you fight home and garden pests more effectively.
Bedbugs are becoming a real threat to American gardens and farms. They came from Asia, but at breakneck speed conquer the territory of North America.
It is not always easy to find ways to eradicate them. Bed bugs are resistant to a number of pesticides, as well as to conventional insect sprays. They do not have many natural predators, and their breeding speed is incredibly high.
Farm and garden pest
The brown spotted beetle is becoming increasingly “popular” in North America. It was first spotted in Pennsylvania in the late 1990s. In the United States, insects have found a warm and hospitable climate and an abundance of food. It took them about ten years to become one of the main pests of the gardens.
Usually you see them on vegetables in your garden, on fruit trees or on the leaves of various plants. When the foul-smelling beetle enters the fruit, it begins to suck the juice with its “needle”, resulting in yellow and muddy spots on the affected area. If there are thousands of them, your farm or garden is in serious danger and you need to act immediately.
According to many newspapers and websites, 2011 will be the year of stink outbreaks in the United States, so you should keep a close eye on them and act quickly.
Their favorite dishes include, but are not limited to:
Although their main food source is farms and gardens, they can still invade your home. Usually you see insects around your house if there is a garden or fruit tree nearby. As autumn approaches, they are looking for a warm place to hide. They are also attracted by the light at night, so keep the windows closed when the lights are on or if it’s too hot, think about buying mosquito nets for windows.
Once they find comfort in your home, the bedbugs won’t disappear. They will find a good place to hide and reproduce, and the plague has overtaken us.
Usually they don’t bite, and human blood is not on their menu, but they CAN bite. They’ll do it as a defense. If you are bitten, this place can become inflamed and blush. However, this is not dangerous because insects are not poisonous. Treat the affected area in the same way as a mosquito infection.
If you already have a pest problem in your home, you don’t need to waste time and take immediate action.