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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Are Bed Bugs the New Super Bugs?

Are Bed Bugs the New Super Bugs?

The headline screamed from the page – ‘Super Bed Bug Infesting the South-East’. London, it seems, and surrounding counties are gripped in a bed bug infestation. And it is proving hard to shift.

What is the Problem?

Bed bugs are hitching a lift on people entering the country along with returning holiday makers, with the bugs making their way into buses, tube trains, homes, businesses and so on across the country.
As well as holiday makers, there are two other reasons why bed bugs are an issue;
·    Students returning from gap year travels – unaware their rucksacks and soft fabric bags are full of bed bugs, they bring home hundreds, possibly thousands of bugs without realising it.
·   Hotels – hotels in or around major airports and sea ports are thought to also be infested with bedbugs. Again, hoteliers and guests are unaware but as they are ideal breeding grounds for the hardy bedbug who are more or less guaranteed a blood meal every night. And from a different person every time.

The Problem with Bed Bugs

Pest controllers in the south east have been hardest hit, with calls relating to bed bugs up by a staggering 108%.
What is the problem? Well... bedbugs are small and the scale of the problem hidden, many people still opt to try and deal with the problem themselves by buying shop bought remedies.
Bad idea, say professional pest controllers, as the way in which we use them is all wrong. Likewise, to get rid of the problem, it takes time, perseverance and several deep cleans with either prolonged periods of heat or cold.
Bed bugs are active at night, attracted to the warmth of bodies and carbon dioxide we exhale. They squeeze into the tiniest of crevices, like a mattress seam of joint on a bed frame. They reproduce rapidly too, with a single bed bug capable of breeding a colony of hundreds within weeks.
It is becoming a prevalent problem within the rental sector too, with one estate agent saying they have spent over £4,500 dealing with a bed bug infestation in one property alone.

Are Bed Bugs Become Immune to Our Methods?

Recent research by Sydney University shows that bed bugs are growing a thicker exoskeleton, known as a cuticle. This means that they are becoming more capable of surviving exposure to commonly used insecticides.
But science is fighting back. Technology is getting in on the act with the development of a hand-held detector that picks up the pheromones that bed bugs give off.

Do You Have a Bed Bug Problem?

Bed bugs are not just confined to the south east and London. They can be found in any home and business, in any village, town or city across the UK.
Here’s what to look for;

·.    Adult bed bugs are lentil shaped and are visible to the naked eye
·     Where you see adults, babies and eggs will lurk
·    They can survive a year without feeding so treatment is a long-term solution, not a quick         fix
·     A large infestations smells like raspberries, almonds and mouldy shoes
·     They normally feed between 3am and 6am

In the 1930s, one in four homes in the UK were infested. If you think you have a problem, stop it in its tracks by calling us!
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