Bedrooms

Fabric and leather moth

Clothes moth (Tricophaga tapetzella Tinea pellionella, etc.) Clothes moths are a heterogeneous group of "butterflies" that in the larval stage feed on furs, natural materials of animal origin and skins. Adults do not eat and therefore are not harmful. Harm arises from the fact that when feeding the larvae gnaw at and destroy textile fibres, causing holes in material and
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Silverfish

Silverfish (Lepismasaccharina) Lepismatidae or silverfish are wingless insects elongated in shape and characterised by the body being covered with silver scales that give it a whitish glitter. These insects attack various organic material especially if it is rich in proteins and carbohydrates and cause major erosions including perforating the substrate. Paper and cloth are particularly susceptible to attack by Lepismatidae.
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Soft-bodied tick

Soft-bodied tick (Argas reflexus) The soft-bodied tick is a mite characterised by an ovoid body flattened in a dorsal-ventral direction. From a biological point of view, these are bloodsucking ectoparasitic arthropods in all mobile stages of development. Of particular interest in an urban environment is Argas reflexus or pigeon tick; this species is associated with the city pigeon and in
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Sandfly

Sandfly (Phlebotomus sp.) Sandflies are small flies, at first glance very similar to drainflies. Adults live on blood and can bit both outside and inside the home. Larval development takes place on organic waste from plant sources which have accumulated in humid and dark places. Adults feed strictly at night and, unlike mosquitoes, adults' flight is inaudible. Medical and veterinary
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Flea

Flea (Pulex irritans, Ctenocephalides felis) The flea has always been the human and animal parasite of choice and immediately calls to mind the plague epidemics in Manzoni. The species of flea which choose to infest man and his surroundings are: Pulex irritans and Ctenocephalides felis. The first species is the typical species associated with humans and their environments; nowadays, it
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Bedbug

Bedbug (Cimex lectularius) The bed bug is a small insect which in the adult stage is a ruddy colour and measures about 5 mm in length. Development is divided into the egg, neanic (different ages) and adult stages. At all stages of development, the species, predominantly active at night, feeds itself on blood from humans and various species of warm-blooded
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