Is there a predator for BB?(11 posts)
Where do BB fit in on the food chain, they suck our blood and mate like rabbits but who eats them?
Can't wait to met the PCO's tomorrow!!!!
Signed itchy and scratchy...
I know some spiders will eat Bed Bugs and masked hunters are known to predate on them as well but the later is less pleasant to have in your home than Bed Bugs from what I understand.
I agree that biological control would be nice but at this point in time it appears that Bed Bugs have evolved for millenia without a strong predator developing along side them.
This is interesting because I am currently trying to figure out if we have bedbugs in my apartment. Came home from a trip to find no obvious bedbugs showing up against my white mattress encasement but there were four or five little spiders. Maybe the spiders are what is biting me? Or maybe they are biting bed bugs.
The little spiders are likely to be mites, as they look really similar on that scale.
Bed bugs do have predators but they are not the solution and bring their own problems with them.
is it true that there is not one single pest who lives solely off bed bugs? what a freakin shame. and i know theres like good and bad that comes from every bug, but honestly, there is no good that comes from this bug right? they suck our blood.
Reduvius personatus (L.) a.k.a. masked bed bug hunter is a bug that will feed on bed bugs,
bat bugs etc. However it does not offer a control option for two reasons 1 it will not kill enough to effect control and 2 and most important is it gives one hell of a bite.
Spiders, centipedes, roaches, pharaoh ants are other pests that will enjoy a bed bug or two but again not a biocontrol.
I sort of wish there was a pill I personally could swallow to become Human Bedbug Poison. Even if it made my hair fall out I would do it. The person who invents that is going to be a billionaire.
Not if it makes your hair fallout.
I'm a natural predator =)
So, I read up on house centipedes, and actually it looks like mostly they are incapable of biting through human skin. All they do is eat bed bugs and other insects, and move really fast. I actually think the pictures of them are kind of cute, but no doubt I'd be horrified in my current bug-jumpy state if one of them went shooting through my living room.
Here is a very sympathetic article about house centipedes: http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2006/nov/17/legs-for-stinging-legs-for-snaring/
In Japan they are called gejigeji and apparently kept as pets, too! http://www.law.umaryland.edu/marshall/aboutlibrary/hours.html
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