Flat, reddish-brown, oval insects about 3/16 inch
long, simular to the size of an apple seed when fully grown. Swollen and reddish after feeding. Females lay 1-5 eggs per day.
Bites can leave itchy, bloody welts on the skin and can
cause allergic reactions, such as severe itching. [See below photos]
To read and understand more, we invite you to view a few articles which well answer important questions and concerns regarding possible bed bug infestations and bed bug bites.
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Boxelder bugs are commonly found both outside and inside homes during the fall through early spring. Boxelder bugs are about 3/4" long, and black in color with three red lines on the thorax and red lines on the wing margins.
During summer, they feed on leaves, flowers, and seedpods of boxelder trees and silver maple trees, where they do minor damage to the trees.
Although completely harmless to humans, these bugs can be an unsightly nuisance and occasionally their waste can stain.
Adult boxelder bugs lay eggs on trees in the spring. Nymphs emerge in 11 to 14 days and begin feeding on trees. The nymphs develop into adults during the summer, and lay eggs of a second generation of boxelder bugs that are active in August and September. The second generation boxelder bugs congregate on the outsides of homes on sunny days in September and October. They, then, move indoors to find a protected place to overwinter, then, move outside in the spring.
Crickets mate in late summer and lay their eggs in autumn. The eggs hatch in the spring and have been estimated to number as high as 200 per fertile female. Species Acheta domestica however lays eggs almost continually, with the females capable of laying at least twice a month.
Crickets are omnivorous scavengers who feed on organic materials, including decaying plant material, fungi, and some seedling plants. Crickets eat their own dead when there are no other sources of food available, and exhibit predatorial behavior upon weakened, crippled crickets.
Crickets have relatively powerful jaws, and several species have been known to bite humans. More...
First spotted in 1982, on the Lake Michigan shorelines, earwigs have spread fast across Wisconsin. Earwigs are the only insect in the world that cares for (nurtures) its young. More...
Fleas can jump 7 to 8 inches vertically,
and 14 to 16 inches horizontally; they carry disease organisms and parasites host to host.
Fleas can infest beds, upholstered furniture and/or carpeting and rugs. Although fleas can bite anywhere on the human (or animal) body, they commonly bite about the ankles.
When a suspected area is dark (night time), turn on the television or lay a lit flashlight on the infested surface, crouch down to surface level and peer across it. If you have fleas, you will see them jumping in the light.
[See flea bite photos
Adult females, only, feed on blood.