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Meet the "microcomrades"

By Fred Muriuki | June 22nd 2016 at 13:30:29 GMT +0300

When one gains admission into public universities, it is clearly stipulated in the rules that cohabiting in the halls of residence is a crime. Contravening this rule attracts punitive punishment from the administration. Whilst the aforementioned rule applies to date, there seems to have emerged a natural phenomenon, in the recent past that violates it word by word.

 Sources from two renowned public universities indicate that students who reside in university hostels have come to accept bedbugs or “microcomrades” as they are popularly referred to in the academic arena, as fellow roommates. In fact, word has it that these folks have even deliberated on the amount of blood that these “micromonsters” can suck from them in a given night. For those who don't know bed bugs, they are parasitic insects of the cimicidae family that feed exclusively on blood. Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is the best known as it prefers to feed on human blood.

Simply put, these are just crawling insects slightly larger than fleas. They are very active at night sucking the life out of you while sound asleep. Besides my googled definition of these “micromonsters” which might not paint a clear mental picture, here is a sneak peek of what these characters are known for:   When you kill them by the usual pressing between two hard surfaces, they produce a characteristic strong odor that is strong enough to send your better half scampering for the safety of their respiratory system.

  They are so fast when sucking your blood such before that itchy feeling hits you, they have probably forgotten that they have just sucked blood. They are out to ruin your precious moments on earth.  A normal day for student loans residing in the University halls of residence consists of making endless trips to mama mboga to purchase supplements (read cabbage and Sukuma wiki) to replenish the blood donated to “microcomrades” if not thinking of ways to control the ever increasing population of these monsters.

 Just to  put the latter in perspective,  the grassy compound next to the hostels is covered with mattresses on a normal sunny day which would be mistaken for a bedwetting spree on the nights before but these are  “microcomrades” being accorded their fair share of vitamin D.

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