BEDbugs are known as human parasites since time immemorial.
Apart from biting people without being noticed, they are also known to travel far and wide in bags and by hiding in clothes.
Some bedbugs also found their way from Fiji to China through the clothes taken by a fellow journalist during a business trip there recently.
It was during a banquet at Hanan Province that a woman from the host country noticed a bedbug on his coat and pointed it out.
Knowing very well that the bed bug had travelled to China in the seam of his coat, my fellow journalist pointed to the ceiling and told his hosts that it must have fallen from the ceiling.
The bedbug's journey from Fiji to China by hiding in the seam of my colleague's coat was put to an end by the woman at the banquet.
While it may have been the end of that bedbug, there are others that have infested the homes of many people in the country.
Considering that they hide in cracks and crevices, including mattress seams and other beddings, furniture and other things, it is hard to get rid of them one by one.
According to www.orkin.com, female bedbugs can deposit one to five eggs a day and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime, and they can live for more than 300 days under normal room temperatures with adequate food supply.
For a housewife like Saromani Devi of Sigatoka and others like her, finding bedbugs in the house is the last thing they would want.
Ms Devi said there were many signs of bedbug activity in homes, with the most common being red bite marks that leave the skin itchy.
"Apart from being a nuisance in the house, the bedbugs are also a sign of financial instability in the home as most Fijians of Indian descent believe," she said.
The www.orkim.com says that bedbugs are hard to detect and they also tend to stay close together and have a distinctively sweet yet unpleasant smell.
Bedbugs can leave itchy swells on the skin and cause allergic reactions such as severe itching although not everyone reacts to their bite.
These bugs have existed since the ancient times, they are found throughout the world and they are here to stay.
But there are ways to get rid of them too.