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Bed Bugs

This pest is quite common and although it was once thought to be only be associated with unhygienic surroundings, this is not the case. They can be spread on bags, clothing and second hand furniture or through walls/plug sockets in multiple occupancy buildings ie hotels, holiday sites and in blocks of flats.

The adult measures up to 6mm and are visible to the naked eye. They cannot fly but they are able to climb most surfaces, even vertically. 

Their eggs are long and thin and are generally laid in crevices and cracks are very difficult to see. They lay their eggs close to humans, and once hatched they are known as "nymphs". These nymphs are all but impossible to see with the naked eye until they have progressed into the adult stage making the infestation seem to be sudden and vast.

Bed Bugs feed exclusively on human blood but can survive for up to a year without feeding until a viable host becomes available. They will live in the frame of beds, in sofas, skirting boards, plug sockets and varies other hidden places around the home/building. 

Bed Bugs leave behind red marks/lumps on the skin after feeding. Some people don't react to the bites at all but some develop a severe reaction that causes so much distress and discomfort so as to distract through waking hours and disturb sleep at night. They are not, however, know to spread disease, but this does not make them any less of an unwanted pest.

There are various ways to help minimise an infestation but it is impossible to eliminate the possibility altogether as they can be picked up and transported without notice. However, if you suspect that you (or your possessions) have been put at risk, there are a few things you can do for yourself to limit the infestation, for example washing at a minimum of 60 degrees and tumble drying on hot or dry cleaning everything. This is not a cure all solution though and the infested rooms will need to be fully treated. Over the counter treatments are proving to be less effective all the time so for complete peace of mid you will need to employ a qualified pest controller who has access to controlled substances that are far more efficient.