Safety Products

Please be sure to read the product label of any insecticide you choose to use to get information on the personal protective safety gear you will need. In most situations, it is recommended that you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, closed toe shoes with socks, chemical resistant gloves, and goggles. In areas where ventilation is poor, a manufacturer may recommend you wear a mask or a respirator. We have put together two different safety kits that will make selecting the correct safety gear easier for you.

Bed Bug Anatomy

By DoMyOwn staff

  • Internal Anatomy:
    • Males: Scent glands, testis, intestines
    • Females: Scent glands, intestines, genital chamber, mycetome, ovaries, and ovarioles
  • External Anatomy:
    • Bed bugs have three body segments: Head, thorax, and abdomen
    • Two antennae
    • Two eyes
    • Six legs
    • Reddish brown in color
    • Bright red after being engorged from a blood meal
  • Piercing sucking mouth parts, also known as a sharp proboscis, that they insert into the human host’s skin
  • Differences between sexes:
    • Males have sharpened genitalia
    • Female have a softened abdominal region for copulation
  • Primary source of nourishment
    • Human blood
    • Sometimes other mammal’s and bird’s blood

Example of Bed bug Nymph up close:

This nymph picture of a bed bug is noticeably more transparent and lighter colored than the adult forms.

Example of bed bug probing human skin up close:

This is an adult female bed bug on the surface the skin, take special notice to the dark rust color and circular abdomen region.

See also: Bed Bug Identification

 

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