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Bed Bugs

The scientific name for bed bug is Cimex Lectularius. In popular speech they are also called lice. In Dutch they are called Bedwantsen, in French they are called Punaise and in Italian they are called Cimice. They also have a name in Spain, namely Chinche.


  1. Move as few things as possible in an environment contaminated by bedbugs.
  2. Wash suspect bedding and clothes at least 60ºC to kill bed bugs.
  3. Never fight yourself with do-it-yourself pesticides, because of the chance of resistance development and side effects (source: RIVM).
  4. Are you bitten by bed bugs somewhere? Leave your belongings outside (not in the car) and put them in a garbage bag. Also take off your clothes.
  5. Be careful with the collection of second-hand furniture. Before you know it, you'll get bedbugs in the house for a few minutes.
  6. Check your hotel room for the presence of bedbugs before you put your stuff in the room.

How do bed bugs look like?

Bedbugs are reddish-brown in color and have a flat oval body. An adult bed bug is about five millimeters long. After a blood meal they are darker in color.

How do bedbugs live?

Bedbugs are hidden in the seams and crevices in and around your bed. At night they come out, attracted by your warmth and the carbon dioxide you exhale. With their snout they prick into your skin and inject an anesthetic liquid into you. This ensures that the blood doesn’t clot and suck itself full of your blood. If they are disturbed, they stop for a moment to puncture a few centimeters away.

Life cycle of the bed bug

After every blood meal the bed bug goes back to the hiding place to lay eggs. The male fertilizes the female by poking a hole in her. The female lays about ten eggs per day. After two weeks the nymphs come out of the eggs. After a few molars, the nymphs are mature and sexually mature after six weeks. Before you know it, you have a bedbug infestation.

How do I get bedbugs?

For several years we thought that the bedbugs were gone, but unfortunately for us they are doing a real comeback. The bed bugs spread quickly due to the large number of international travelers. Bedbugs travel to your home from accommodations such as hotels, B&B’s, hostels in your luggage.

Do I have bed bugs in my house?

Do you wake up in the morning with several red bumps on your body? A bedbug bite leaves a red, itchy hump, looking like a mosquito bite. Do you have three or more red bumps in a row, then you are probably bitten by a bed bug. Red-brown dots on the sheets, especially at the level of the legs, also indicate the presence of bed bugs in the house.

How do I get rid of bedbugs?

If you have bed bugs, make sure that all items, including bedding and clothing, are in the contaminated area. Do not drag items to other rooms in the house, not even to the washing machine. The problem then only expands further. When combating bed bugs it’s important that both bedbugs and all the eggs are included. After all, if one survives, the whole plague of bedbugs starts all over again. Don’t try to fight bedbugs yourself, chances are you don’t fight them successfully, but turn on a professional bedbug fighter.

Enlist a professional bedbug controller from your own neighborhood!

If you aren’t sure whether you have bed bugs in your house, you can contact a pest controller nearby or have this checked by the local GGD, but the KAD can help you with this. Our local bedbug controllers professionally fight the bedbugs in your house within 24 hours. Find your pest controller in your neighborhood here!