When we think of bloodsuckers, we usually think of the fictional kind. Vampires. But there are real creatures that will suck our blood. And they could be living in your home or crawling on your skin right now. What can you do to protect yourself from these bloody nuisances? Creatures that feed on our blood are the stuff of nightmares. But they are real. And there is little we can do to avoid them. Which creatures want to suck our blood? What dangers do these tiny bloodsuckers pose? How can we protect ourselves?
Bedbugs are small insects without wings. They are a type of nocturnal parasites, as they rest during the day and feast at night, although they may also bite during the day occasionally. Bed bugs usually live in bedding or mattresses and feed on the blood of humans. Their mouth has evolved in such a way that allows bed bugs to easily pierce skin without causing pain to humans.
They are small insects (about 5 mm long) with six legs and a flat, oval-shaped body. They do not have any legs and are light brown in color, with a reddish tinge after feasting on blood. They have a small head with large antennae and large mandibles in their mouth
Leeches are worms that live in water or on land and feed by sucking blood from fish, frogs, lizards, birds or, if they get the chance, larger animals like humans.
They suck blood because it is a very good food source for them. Some leeches only need to feed once a year.
The only trouble with sucking blood is you have to do it very carefully, especially if the animal you are sucking it from is able to bite you or pull you off. So leeches, like all blood suckers, usually like to bite without causing too much pain. They like to bite in spots where they are hard to find.
Fleas are small insects that survive by feeding on animal or human blood. Their bites can cause discomfort, itchiness, and irritation. Sometimes, fleas can infect people or pets with the germs that cause flea-borne typhus, plague, or cat scratch disease.
Ticks are excellent vectors for disease transmission; consequently, tick-borne diseases are common. Ticks can carry and transmit a remarkable array of pathogens, including bacteria, spirochetes, rickettsiae, protozoa, viruses, nematodes, and toxins. A single tick bite can transmit multiple pathogens, a phenomenon that has led to atypical presentations of some classic tick-borne diseases.
Some diseases are caused by tick bites: Rickettsial diseases (spotted fever and Q fever), Tick-borne encephalitis, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Lyme disease, Relapsing fever (borreliosis), Tularaemia…
Few animals on Earth evoke the antipathy that mosquitoes do. Their itchy, irritating bites and nearly ubiquitous presence can ruin a backyard barbecue or a hike in the woods. They have an uncanny ability to sense our murderous intentions, taking flight and disappearing milliseconds before a fatal swat. And in our bedrooms, the persistent, whiny hum of their buzzing wings can wake the soundest of sleepers.
In the video below, you can see How to Survive the Top 5 Deadliest Bloodsuckers
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