What animal eats bed bugs?
Bedbugs are a type of pest that nobody wants to deal with. These pesky little insects feed off of the blood of and humans, but are more commonly found in bedrooms as a form of infestation, scattered all over various areas of the room. One telling sign of a bedbug infestation is when you have red bite marks all over your arms, and they are extremely itchy. But it’s also highly likely that you’ll find spots of dried blood on your bedsheets, or eggs shells of the bugs during an infestation period.
Getting rid of bedbugs can be a difficult task, mainly because they are extremely strong and sturdy, and need to be dealt with through chemical treatments. Most people opt for bug sprays and insecticides and while they can be effective, they are also quite harmful to the people inhabiting the area where they are used. A proper extermination needs to be performed by a pest control exterminator to rid yourself of bed bugs.
But exterminations can be quite expensive, and not everyone has the budget to get a professional pest extermination done. In such cases, amny individuals get curious about the enemies of bed bugs, if there are any. The short answer to that question is yes; bed bugs do have predators that hunt them down, kill them, and then bed bugs eat them. But if you’re thinking of getting these insects as a substitute way of getting rid of bed bugs, hold your horses! These predators are known pests themselves, and it is highly unlikely that you would want yet another infestation of pests in your house. Still, it’s quite interesting to know these facts, which prove that bed bugs are indeed not invincible.
Everyone’s had their fair share of cockroaches. They’re difficult to avoid, and put up a tremendous fight every single time that you try to get rid of them. And although you might only have feelings of annoyance and disgust reserved for cockroaches, the fact that they are predators to bed bugs might just make you hate them a little less.
However, it should be mentioned that although cockroaches are quite fond of feeding on bed bugs, they’re simply not fast enough to wipe down an entire, growing population of bed bugs in your home. Bed bugs reproduce at an alarmingly fast rate, and using cockroaches against them probably might not be as effective as one would think it would be. Besides, it isn’t recommended to use cockroaches against bed bugs. Cockroaches are a form of pest that have multiple allergens in their saliva and feces, and nobody in their right minds would like having an army of cockroaches running around their house.
Although they’re quite scary looking, spiders usually come in handy whenever you’re dealing with any pesky insects or pests in your household. Their silken webs unknowingly act as a trap for irksome insects, and work as a win-win situation for both you, and the spider itself.
When it comes to bed bugs, it should be mentioned that not all species of spiders will be keen on catching and feasting on bed bugs. Only a few specific species actually hunt down and eat bed bugs, such as the Thanatus Flavidus. And although most people categorise spiders as pests as well, the Thanatus Flavidus aren’t half bad, with a major plus point being that they are unable to transmit any infections or diseases to human beings. What also makes them a safer option to get rid of bed bugs is the fact that these spiders are prone to inhabiting your bedroom, which is the number one breeding spot for bed bugs. The other predators would simply roam around various other parts of your house, and cause even more chaos than before.
Geckos, a part of the lizard species, can be found in more and more households as pests. One advantage of having a gecko around is that they will be able to get rid of any bed bugs present in your house. Infact, geckos are so good at their job that they are labelled as professional bug exterminators. But if you’re planning on getting a gecko as a pet for the extra perks that come along with them, it’s important that you do your research. Geckos live in a very specific environment and require conditions that need to be met for them to be healthy.
If you’re still feeling brave enough to use these predators as a way of getting rid of stubborn bed bugs, go ahead! But be warned, doing so might just be a way of calling upon the infestation of another insect species. And after that, you might just need to give a phone call to a professional pest exterminator once and for all.
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