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infest

[in′fest]
(medicine)
To live on or within the host's body.
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Although this biotic interaction can be host-specific and the shapes and locations of shell borings can be characteristic of a species, the infester is tentatively identified as belonging to the Polydora-group of species, often referred to as mudworms.
Although in a old paper, the species of Neosilba McAlpine, as Silba (Lonchaeidae), were considered as secondary fruit infesters that use the oviposition wounds made by tephritids to gain access to fruit tissue (Souza et al.
And unlike other pests, such as cockroaches, bed bugs are equal-opportunity infesters and can be found everywhere from luxury condominiums to public housing.