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Bedwants in attendance: how can you make sure you don't bite?
Animals If you wake up in the morning with plenty of red itchy bumps on your body, you have during the night might visit gotten bedbugs. They are very small, but huge lastpakken. And they are many: in the first four months of 2019 were there in Belgium as much observed as in the whole of 2018. “It is a problem that comes with travel,” says Peggy De Clercq of Rentokil.

Bedbugs are very small insects are blood sucking parasites, and they are only five millimeters in size. You have been a magnifying glass is necessary for them to study. But that is not to say that they do not notice. the

The animals feed themselves with the blood of people, and they eat it, preferably overnight. That also explains where their name comes from: bedbugs hide near their food source, behind the headboard of the bed. “at Night they come out and they suck blood, such as fleas and ticks do that,” explains De Clercq. “If they have enough blood, they lay eggs. And if they are too many, move them.”

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But why lastpakken just to your bed to move? Bedbugs are spreading in the same way as a disease. Stayed in a hostel or a B&B – all places where much of the passage is – can you make the insects through your clothes or suitcase to take home. “And that can happen to anyone”, according to De Clercq.

The expression ‘Don't let the bedbugs bite’ that is a part of the well-known slaapritueeltje is - just as the bedbugs themselves - coming from America. “The problem was in the past mainly in America and Africa. But because many people today travel a long take, the bedbugs now present in large numbers in Belgium.”

Put your suitcase certainly not in the bed when you travel. Do that not when you come home.

Peggy De Clercq, commercial manager at Rentokil
prevention is Better than cure

“Put your suitcase certainly not on the bed if you are travelling”, tips De Clercq. “Do not do that not when you come home. It is better to keep your suitcase on a stone floor in the middle of a room.” The bedbugs are lazy critters who do not move fast, but if they are with a lot, if they do so.

it is also important to wash your clothes - after a long journey - to be washed at a temperature of 60 degrees. There may be the small insects are not against.


The most popular hiding place of the bedwants is, of course, the bed. They can day easy in the pillows, sheets, blankets, and behind the headboard nest at night to strike at their host. In addition, they stay in the chinks for us, crevices, and behind baseboards. Also floor coverings and carpets are grateful hideouts.

did you Know that the little critters also like to hide in electrical devices? Lamps, computers and tv's for example are nice and warm. In such places, they can multiply and then spread over the house.

Mosquito or bedwants?

How you know, or you end up with bedbugs, and the bites that you get up in the morning from the tiny critters? You have multiple red dots close to each other, then that may be the bites of bedbugs. “Then you are a doctor visitor or to send a picture to ongediertebestrijders. That will then determine whether it is really in order to bedbugs,” says De Clercq. Continue peeling the small insects also. Near the shelter, there may have remnants to be found.

in Addition, you can (with a bit of luck) to show yourself moving when the sheets of the bed, pulls or the mattress over. They also leave red droppings behind in the form of small red spots. If you have something on your sheets discovered, it is time to sound the alarm.

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