Bed Bugs Pest Control

Bed bug bites

Bed bugs are most active at night and bite any exposed areas of skin while an individual is sleeping. The face, neck, hands, and arms are common sites for bedbug bites.

Feeding takes about five minutes, after which the bug returns to its hiding place. Bites are not noticeable by the host until at least a few minutes or some hours afterwards. Hosts, for example humans, will be aware of a bite after scratching it. Often bites may not be noticeable for several days.

Bed bugs will feed every five to ten days. They can, however, last for several months without feeding. If there is no food around they can become dormant for over a year.

What causes bed bugs?

Bed bugs are on the rise across Zimbabwe with pest control 

ex lectularius, more commonly known as bed bugs, are small insects that feed exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Humans can be perfect hosts for this hematophagy (feeding on blood), so bed bug populations can thrive and quickly become an infestation

Bed bugs can live in any area of the home and can reside in tiny cracks in furniture as well as on textiles and upholstered furniture. They tend to be most common in areas where people sleep and generally concentrate in beds, including mattresses, and bed frames.

What causes bed bugs?

Bed bugs are on the rise across Zimbabwe  with pest control companies reporting more call-outs than ever before. An increase in foreign travel and resistance to the chemicals that kill them are being blamed.

They can be difficult to detect and complicated to get rid of. The key is to establish the extent of the infestation by consulting a professional pest controller.

Impact of bed bugs


Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and other mammals. While it is possible for bedbugs to transmit disease, in Zimbabwe it is very rare. Instead, the primary concern is the irritation and distress caused by bed bug bites.

Bed bug bites do not hurt. It is the itchiness that results from the body’s reaction to them that causes discomfort. Treating the bites soothes the irritation, but it can still be very distressing when there are multiple bites as is often the case with bedbugs. Multiple bites and contact with bedbugs can also lead to an itchy rash or eczema. Consult a pharmacist for advice and treatment if this occurs.