Bed Bugs Are Sexual Predators
The Bed Bug has a unique mode of copulation termed "traumatic" insemination during which the male pierces the female's abdominal wall with his external genitalia and inseminates into her body cavity.
Using a specialized external copulatory organ, the male pierces the female’s body and inseminates into her body cavity through the wound. The sperm then enters a special sperm receptacle inside the female before migrating to her ovaries to fertilize her eggs.
The male bed bug basically has a knife for a penis that stabs you in the abdomen all in the name of love! One feature of the male organ is that it bears chemosensors that can detect if a female bed bug is a virgin.
Bed bugs perform this strange ritual despite the fact that the female has fully functional genitals. The answer may be in an evolutionary biology concept called sexual conflict, where the male of a species evolves features that increase its chances of breeding, but at the female’s expense.
A study shows male bed bugs will attempt to mate with other males and pierce the abdomen. This behavior may occur because sexual attraction in bed bugs is based primarily on size, and males will mount any freshly fed partner regardless of sex. There is a "bed bug alarm pheromone" that is released when a bed bug is disturbed, as during an attack by a predator. This study demonstrated that the alarm pheromone is also released by male bed bugs to repel other males who attempt to mate with them.
Now that you understand that male bed bugs are sexual predators living in your bed, its time to get some bed bug protection. Think of ActiveGuard Mattress Liners as a condom for your bed.
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