Bed Bug

Bed Bug2019-05-26T20:12:10+03:00

Bedbugs are like vampires. They suck your blood while you’re deep asleep!

Unfortunately, the nasty little critters aren’t fictional creatures out of the Dracula or Twilight sagas. They are all too real. And they’re thriving in apartment complexes, dorms, hotels, hospitals, moving vans, churches, cruise ships, and many other places.

Imagine Care’s most successful bedbug professionals, have tried to answer the most frequently asked questions about how to spot bedbugs, how to get rid of them (no, you don’t need to do it yourself), and how to prevent them from invading your space in the first place.

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Bedbug Frequently Asked Questions
Know your enemy

Bed bugs are small bloodsucking insects that infest private properties and mostly people’s beds. They usually hide during the day and by night they come out to feast on human blood, while the person sleeps.

Adult bed bugs are brown, oval, flat and no bigger than 5 mm. They have six legs and are able to move quite fast over your bed sheets. Bed bug nymphs are translucent and are no bigger 1 mm.

No. they’re itchy and irritating, but unlike other blood suckers, such as mosquitoes, they’re not known for carrying diseases. The problems they bring are mostly psychological, than physical. However bed bugs have been shown more recently to harbor viruses (such as Hepatitis B) which can be transferred back to humans through fecal deposits potentially entering the bloodstream in the process of scratching the bedbug bites.

No.  Bed bugs typically feed every 5 to 10 days, spending up to ten minutes to take their blood meal. So if you are experiencing bites every night, there is a very good chance that you are living with an army of bloodsuckers!

Bed bugs usually get into people’s homes by attaching themselves on clothing or luggage. Most often an infestation occurs if you bring home second-hand furniture or mattresses. Bed bugs can also become uninvited guests once you come back from long travels or when your guests and school going kids carry the into your house unknowingly.

Only a pest control professional can tell you with 100% certainty that you’re infested with a particular pest. But, the signs of bed bugs are easy to notice – if you wake up with a row or cluster of itchy bites over your skin, then your bed is infested.

It’s also possible to spot the nasty insects with the naked eye. They usually hide during the day, but it’s not uncommon for a stray adventurer to wander outside of the hiding place. It’s especially easy to see if your sheets are white.

No, but they are known for sometimes climbing on the ceiling if someone tries to disturb their new home with insecticides.

No, bed bugs can also live in upholstered furniture, behind headboards, baseboards, bedside tables, wardrobes, window frames, ceilings, electrical sockets and even behind pictures on the wall. That is why its advisable to let the entire property get fumigated without limiting access to some rooms. They feed on our blood at night, attracted to the heat, vibration and carbon dioxide, that we breathe as we are asleep.

No, like any other living creature, bed bugs care only about food and shelter. Even if your house is spotless, while they have your bed and your blood, they will breed and thrive. On the other hand, a messy room provides more places to hide, so this can be an attractor. Also, it will be difficult for the pest control team to work in a cluttered room. So, it’s a good idea to keep your home tidy.

Pets are known to carry bed bugs inside people’s homes. Since cats and dogs are mammals, just like humans, they can provide the bed bugs with a good warm-blooded meal. However bed bugs cannot live on pets, the way fleas can. They also cannot attach themselves or their eggs on animal fur. So, if you’re worried that your pet might bring bed bugs inside, quick grooming in the backyard would be enough.

The best way to protect yourself from bed bugs is to make an inspection of the bed in the hotel you are staying. Check the headboard, check the sheets and pillows for spots. Look around the bed and around the bedside tables and drawers. If there’s nothing suspicious, you can rest easy.

First, there are several insects that resemble bed bugs, you would need a professional to identify them. It’s not a good idea to grab the insecticide, you might only end up endangering your health. If you’re asking a professional to come over and take a look at the infested property, you better give them information about everything you have done to battle the pests. Keep notes where you explain how long you’ve been infested, how many have you seen, etc.

There are many “natural” ways of dealing with bed bugs posted online, such as using petroleum jelly, thyme oil, heat, freezing, or paraffin. None of them work.

The worst thing you can do is take the matter into your own hands and spray the bed with any kind of street insecticide. That’s a health hazard. Also, it won’t work, because bed bug treatment is very specific and the product you need is hard to find. Also, once you give up and call professionals, they will use an insecticide product on your bed again.

And, if you think to change the mattress with a new one will get rid of the problem, it won’t. The new mattress will get infested all over again.

Very fast indeed!  If conditions are favorable (suitable hosts and warm ambient temperature 30 degrees ), females can lay up to 12 eggs a day and up to 500 in a lifetime, which can be up to 18 months.  Each egg will hatch within 8-11 days a minimum 4-5 days producing tiny bed bugs called nymphs.  These nymphs go through five molts phases over a 5-8 week period, rapidly increasing in size during each phase, to reach adult bed bugs.

European code of practice recommend chemical insecticides, they quote “non-chemical solutions are not currently capable of providing rapid, reliable control.”

First, you’ll submit a commitment fee of Kes 100 via Mpesa Till no.810164 and fill the booking form below with your property details for reservation purposes.

Then, a trained and vetted pest control technician will arrive in an unmarked vehicle/bike/uber/bolt for privacy to inspect your bed and the rest of your property to get a grasp of the severity of the infestation.

Next, the treatment is carried out within one to two hours depending on the property size. We apply a powerful, safe, original, pet-friendly and instant killing insecticide with 100% removal of live and egg bed bugs, and excellent residual effectiveness in just a single visit.

Finally, the technician will present you with a pest control report of the job well done, a receipt after paying via Mpesa Till no. 810164, and offer advice for future prevention.

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Depending on the treatment, it can take between one(1) hour to three(3) hours for the house to ventilate and the mist to dry up.

Imagine Care offers a 60 days service warranty, as long as the technicians’ methods aren’t hindered by the customer. If bedbugs are found in the treated room or area within the next 60 days, Imagine Care will perform further treatment at no additional cost. 

Yes, you can, although we highly advise against it and recommend that you let our trained technicians with more experience do the dirty work for you while you rest! When you buy approved and original insecticides from our online store, we’ll deliver it countrywide, train you how to mix and fumigate successfully.

Rule number one is to never bring home second-hand furniture, mattresses or bed sheets. The other most important precaution is to protect yourself during your travels. Never place your luggage on the bed of your temporary place of stay and always inspect your bags.

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