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Monday, 5 August 2019

Holiday Season - Be Bed Bug Aware!

Holiday Season - Be Bed Bug Aware!

The summer holidays are well and truly upon us now, but unfortunately pests do not seem to get the memo. Some of you may be packing your suitcases to jet off abroad or some of you may be enjoying the great (yet sometimes unpredictable) weather here in the UK. Either way, you are not exempt from dealing with a potential bed bug problem!

Although bed bugs are not necessarily considered a seasonal pest (like wasps for example), there is a fluctuation in calls to us about them in the summer months. This could be for a multitude of reasons, but one may be the coming and going from hotels or staying with friends. 

Bed bugs are capable travellers and will happily make themselves at home in a suitable location. They are very small and sometimes difficult to see with the naked eye but typical a typical hot spot for a bed bug infestation is the bedroom. They require food and warmth to survive and a little moisture. They can lay their eggs in many different locations such as; mattress seams, joints of bed frames, sofa seams and other soft furnishings. One thing they do need is a blood meal. This is why the most likely location is on or around your mattress. Although bed bug bites do not hurt at the time, they can cause swelling, itchiness and redness. Not pleasant. 

Here are a couple of things to look out for;
-blood spots on your sheets
-bites to your skin
-egg cases
-small, flat oval shaped, brownish coloured insects
Bed bugs can reproduce very quickly if their environment is right so dealing with an infestation can be very tricky. 

If you think you have a bed bug infestation, please give us a call. We can deal with the problem quickly and effectively!