Nests of small mammals; may invade houses. Nocturnal.
Blood of mammals, especially Eastern Wood Rat, Neotoma floridana. Also feeds on bed bugs and other insects.
After mating and finding a host, adults no longer fly; female scatters many eggs after blood meal (usually May-Sep); nymphs have 8 instars and usually take two years to mature (entire life cycle 3 yrs)(2)
Sometimes bites humans, and the bite may be severe, causing an allergic reaction
Contributed by Cotinis on 24 June, 2006 - 10:11am Additional contributions by Mike Quinn, v belov Last updated 19 September, 2016 - 7:26pm
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