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5 Common Bloodsucking Pests

We live in a world full of blood sucking pests. Scientists estimate that the earth is home to at least 10 million species of insects and more than 14,000 of them feast on blood. But what made these vampire-like pests want to start drinking the blood of mammals in the first place?

One theory suggests bugs had already developed sucking mouthparts to feed on plants and that one accidentally bit into an animal. It’s possible it had the ability to digest blood, reproduced and the rest is history.

But however blood sucking insects came about, one thing is for certain. These bloodthirsty pests wreak havoc on the world. Mosquitoes alone are responsible for the deaths of more than 1 million people every year, according to the World Health Organization.

What Types of Bugs Suck Blood?

It’s important to know what kinds of bugs to beware of, so you can take steps to protect yourself from an attack. Here’s a rundown on some of the most common blood sucking pests in the U.S.[row]

mosquito on leafMosquitoes – We’re all familiar with mosquitoes – those irritating pests that eat you alive when you’re just trying to go for a peaceful afternoon walk. You might be surprised to find out that these little pests are the deadliest animals on earth, spreading diseases like Malaria, West Nile Virus and Chikungunya to large segments of the population. [/row][row]

flea on hairLice – Lice bring back memories of childhood, when that one kid in class got infested with them, and you just hoped you hadn’t worn the same hat as him. These horrifying pests crawl around on peoples’ scalps, feeding on blood from their head.[/row][row]

bedbug on skinBedbugs – Bedbugs are making a comeback. It used to be cute to say “don’t let the bedbugs bite.” But with bedbug infestations up 57 percent over the last five years, the saying is becoming less and less popular. These bugs attack at night, but you usually won’t find out until morning because of their sleep inducing saliva. [/row][row]

tick on skinTicks – Ticks are the little creatures that latch onto you when you’ve been out hiking and forgot to wear long pants and sleeves. Be careful not to remove them with your hands or else their teeth will get caught in your skin. Carefully use tweezers instead.[/row][row]

flea on leafFleas – If you’ve ever had a pet in your home, you know about fleas all too well. These bugs consume up to 15x their own body weight every day. Though there are 2,000 species of fleas in the world. the cat flea is responsible for most incidents in the U.S.[/row]

How to Defeat Bloodsucking Pests

There’s no way to completely prevent bites from bloodsucking pests, but you can take steps to keep from becoming their next snack. The professionals at U.S. Pest offer a variety of insect control services. From mosquitoes to bedbugs, we can help you overcome your pest problem. Just call (615) 590-1260.


 

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