Fleas are the insects forming the order Siphonaptera, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals (including bats and humans) and birds as external parasites. They are wingless insects (1/16 to 1/8-inch (1.5 to 3.3 mm) long), usually dark colored, with tube-like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts. Their legs are … Read more

Vampire Moths

The common name of many of these species, vampire moth, refers to the habit that they have of drinking blood from vertebrates. According to a recent study, some of them (C. thalictri) are even capable of drinking human blood through skin. However, the moths are not thought to cause any threat to humans. Unlike mosquitoes, … Read more

Kissing Bugs

Kissing Bugs belong to a blood-sucking group of Triatomine insects also known as Conenose Bugs or Assassin Bugs. Their name may not sound very scary, but "kissing bugs" can be even worse than bedbugs. They are bigger and more aggressive. At night, they bite people asleep on thin-skinned parts of the face such as the … Read more

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed solely upon the blood of warm-blooded animals. There are at least 92 known species of bed bugs found throughout the world that have existed since ancient times. The most common species is the Cimex lectularius , which is best adapted to human environments. Adult bed bugs are … Read more


Ticks are some of the most prolific vampires on Earth, capable of drinking up to 600 times their body weight in blood thanks to a stretchable outer shell. They are found world-wide, anywhere the habitat is adequate for their concealment and the supply of blood meals are sufficient. Ticks prefer warm, wooded areas near water, … Read more