Most Kenyans have never seen a bed bug, and until recently, most have never had a problem with bed bugs.

It’s normal to be completely creeped out by tiny insects that come out at night and crawl around on your bed. But there are many misconceptions about bed bugs. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 interesting facts about bed bugs you probably didn’t know.



1. Bed bugs, known scientifically as Cimex lectularius (Cimicidae) are small wingless insects that feed by hematophagy – exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals.



2. Bed bugs don’t just live in your bed. The bed is the easiest and most convenient place for bed bugs to get what they need, and that’s human blood (gag). But that doesn’t mean they reside there all the time. In fact, bed bugs often hide in wall voids or other dark places, like cracks and crevices.



Bed Bugs: Fact Vs. Myth



3. They are called bed bugs because of their preferred habitat in human homes: sofas, bed mattresses, and other soft furnishings.



4. Most bed bugs feed on their hosts while they are asleep. The host supplies them with blood in a painless way, never knowing it is happening.



5. The most active time for a bed bug is about one hour before sunrise – the peak time for feeding.



6. Feeding takes about five minutes, after which the bug returns to its hiding place.






7. A female bed bug lays approximately 5 eggs in one day and about 500 during her lifetime.



8. Bites can sometimes take up to nine days to become visible. Unlike flea bites, bed bug bites do not usually have a red dot in the center.



9. Bed bugs, like fleas, tend to bite in rows. There are likely to be two or three bites all in a row.



10. Bed bugs should be handled by a professional. At the first sign of a bed bug infestation, you should call a professional pest control company. DIY solutions are often unsuccessful and just lead to the infestation getting worse and taking more time to remedy.”



Since they can hide in so many places, they are not easy to eradicate. Unless you have a lot of time at your disposal, and limitless patience, it is advisable to get a professional in pest control by Contacting us on 0759292158, 0103055943, 0742448334, 0756432285, or drop an email to .


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