Bed Bug Feeding Adaptations

Underside of Immature Bed Bug

A major challenge for blood feeding insects is preventing blood platelets from aggregating (clotting) and blocking the blood intake tube. Sequencing of the Bed Bug genome* gives clues about adaptations for blood feeding. The Bed Bug has an expanded suite of apyrases, salivary proteins that interfere with ADP-dependent platelet aggregation.

Feeding without triggering pain is an important trait to avoid detection. Bed Bugs have 12 members of the inositol…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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