You may be single, but chances are you are never alone in your bed. Millions of little creatures make their homes in your bed and could be feeding on you as you sleep

Bed bugs, dust mites and lice can live in our beds and can go unnoticed for days and even months between the bed and bedding cleaning. Here are the most common critters that could be sharing your bed and feeding off your body as you sleep

Don’t let the bed bugs bite

Bed bugs are a real thing; they live unseen in clothing, furniture and in your bed feeding on the blood of unsuspecting and sleeping humans.

Although you may assume that bed bugs are associated with a dirty environment, according to Pest World, bed bugs are great travellers and can move from furniture clothing, public transport and even come home with you from shops.
Getting rid of bed bugs isn’t as easy as regularly changing your bedding and cleaning your mattress and depending on your level of infestation, you could need to call in professionals for pest control.

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Mighty dust mites


Lice, lice baby

Lice are something most people think of jumping from the dirty hair of one child to the other at school, but lice can live and breed in your home too.

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Living in your bedding, your bed and your pillows body lice can survive up to 5 days without a host to feed on and do not feed as frequently as head and pubic lice. According to KZN health department body lice thrives in places that are not regularly cleaned and on people with poor hygiene. Visiting places or having close interaction with people with body lice could mke you a carrier of body lice and cause an infestation in your home too.

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