In their bid to survive, bed bugs wait until humans and animals are sleeping, then come out to suckle their blood. Like mosquitoes, these pests use an elongated proboscis to pierce the skin and gather their blood meal. They need to feed weekly to grow through the stages of life and lay eggs.
Special thanks to Justin for drawing our attention to this guide for people who want to learn more about bed bugs, how to find/identify them, and how they might handle an infestation at home. Lots of great science connections to ecology, adaptation and health.
Check it out!