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Things On What You Need To know About Bed Bugs

Jan. 12, 2022, 4:24 p.m.

These parasitic pests are tiny, oval-shaped, brown, and they live solely on human blood. They hide all day, and once a victim is deep asleep at night, that's when they appear and attack.  They pierce the skin and suck blood for about 5-10 minutes until they get enough. These bites, later on, develop an itching sensation, sores, and skin irritation.   

Bed bugs bite anywhere on the body as long as there is exposed skin. Different victims respond differently to these bites, and in the worst cases, medical attention will be required. These bites should always be treated immediately when they occur because bed bugbites can transmit bad diseases.

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Why Do Bed Bugs Appear?

Most people do not know that maintaining top cleanliness in your office/home will not stop bed bugs from appearing. Filth and dirt do not attract bugs, either.  Because of their blood-sucking behavior, you will mostly find them dwelling among humans. Where there is an adequate source of food, which in this case would be any human, you can expect a bed bug infestation. 

These hitchhiking pests will ride for many miles by attaching themselves on clothes, shoes, luggage, and second-hand items into your home. Traveling, therefore, is the major cause of bed bug infestations. They also crawl rapidly from one room to another in multi-unit residential, public, and business buildings. 

When Do Bed Bugs Come?

Bed bugs don't wait until there is dirt, garbage, or filth to infest; these are, however, good hiding spots. A conducive, warm environment where there are humans and carbon dioxide is all that is necessary for bed bugs to attack. Note that bugs are an all-season indoor pest, and no weather conditions can prevent an infestation. 

Bed bugs dwell almost everywhere. Once they infest your home, you will barely notice them thanks to their small size and extraordinary hiding skills. These blood-sucking insects mainly appear at night for a blood meal from a sleeping victim. However, they don't appear at night only. If they get hungry during the daytime, they will crawl out and suck your blood. 

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

Are you confused about where bed bugs come from and how they get into your home? Well, to infest your office/home, bed bugs will have traveled from an infested place like a friend's home, hotel, or re-used upholstery. 

If you travel frequently, bed bugs can hitchhike home with you by attaching themselves in your bags, purses, shoes, clothes or luggage. They can get into your home from:

  • Infested motels and restaurants

  • Public transport and offices

  • Children's cares and homes for the aged

  • Hospitals and colleges

Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?

Different bodies respond differently to bed bug bites. Some people experience itchy, irritating, and ugly marks on their skin, while others may develop serious allergic reactions that need urgent medical care. Bed bugs are also responsible for spreading diseases from one person to another through bites. 

Do not hesitate to call a professional pest controller to exterminate bugs as soon as you see them because, believe it or not; bed bug bites can result in serious life-threatening conditions.  DIY treatment is not efficient as these insects are quickly becoming resistant to over the counter, and typical insecticides. 

Can Bed Bugs Fly, or Jump?

Bed bugs mostly lay dormant during the daytime, hiding near the bed, in bedding, and upholstery furniture waiting to appear at night in search of blood. They have no wings and, therefore, cannot fly or jump to their victims. They instead crawl from one person or building to another. Bed bugs depend on humans to transport them for long distances back to their homes by hitchhiking on bags, luggage, clothes, or body.

If you had traveled recently or you had welcomed visitors at your home, and you are suspecting bed bugs, do not waste time, call an expert exterminator immediately. This expert will do a detailed inspection throughout your home to ascertain the case upon which the most efficient course of treatment will be recommended. 

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

Whenever bed bugs are not out sucking blood, they are out hiding in their spots. While they opt to hide in tiny cracks and crevices where homeowners can hardly see them, their tiny size and unique ability to flatten their bodies enable them to hide in different places and go unnoticed. 

  • Cracks and tiny crevices in walls and wood
  • Bedding folding and mattress tags.
  • Between upholstery cushions. 
  • Behind baseboards, wall hangings, and blinds folds.
  • Bags, stuffed animals, purse, and luggage
  • In electronics and near the wall-ceiling joint.

What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

Some victims do not notice bug bites when they occur. These bites can take about two weeks before showing up or being noticed. A very red and itchy bump that appears to have a darkened center and is surrounded by a slightly swollen skin. 

You will notice the bites on skin areas that remain exposed when someone is asleep like neck, legs, shoulders, and arms. Do not confuse bed bug bites with those of fleas and mosquitoes. One exclusive characteristic to bed bug bites is that they mostly appear in straight lines or in a zigzag manner. 

Are Bed Bug Bites Dangerous?

Bed bug bites are itchy and irritating. They also trigger allergies, and cause asthma, and worsen the case of patients with respiratory problems. Fatal illnesses as a result of bed bug bites are not common, but they do occur. These bites also spread illnesses like the Chagas disease, which hinders the body's digestive system, cardiovascular function, and the central nervous system activities. 

Homeowners should not take bed bug infestations lightly. Controlling a small infestation is more efficient and much cheaper than waiting until it has grown into unmanageable levels. A pest control l expert should be called to help with a detailed inspection that will ascertain the pest infestation being treated and advice on the best ways to avoid chances of re-infestations. 

What Do Bed Bug Eggs Look Like?

A single bed bug egg is very small, like a dust particle. Some are whitish, while others are semi-transparent. They can barely be seen without the help of a magnifying glass, and if they are stuck on a lightly-colored material, they will easily go unnoticed. 

Newly laid eggs tend to be sticky when touched, and they remain swarmed up together. In a conducive environment for breeding, a female bug can lay thousands of eggs in a few months. These eggs remain adhered to any surface here the female lays them. Commonly, a female bed bug will place its eggs in the following areas:

  • Near the bed.
  • Mattress folds and bedding seams.
  • Behind wall hangings, and in the seams and folds of curtains and blinds.
  • Upholstery furniture and near the baseboard.
  • Cracks on walls, and floorboards. 

Which Bed Bug Spray is Most Effective?

A licensed pest control store will have the best overall and most authentic bed bug sprays and treatments that will kill them fast in all their stages from egg, nymph, and adult. We are the best pest control store in Nairobi, and we have stalked the most efficient, Eco-friendly insecticides, and when applied as instructed in their labeling, they will kill even the most treatment-resistant bugs. 

These sprays are odorless and will exterminate bed bugs by contact action and also kill all their eggs. They have a residual action that remains for up to two weeks. 

Which Bed Bug Treatment is The Best?

There is only one certain way to control a bed bug infestation efficiently. Our experienced exterminators offer the best pest control services in Nairobi. They will service your home/office and treat it as a risky pest. They will carry out a keen inspection to help you determine the exact type and degree of infestation upon which they will walk you through the best course of treatment that will ensure your home remains pest-free. These exterminators will not leave before advising you on the ways and methods of keeping off the pest.

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