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Bed Bugs increasing

Attracted by your body heat and carbon dioxide, they crawl out at night to bite your exposed skin and feed on your blood, just as mosquitoes do.

Not everyone develops a skin reaction to bedbug bites, but some people develop itchy red bumps. These appear around 15 to 30 minutes after being bitten and can last for several days.

Bedbug bites are usually found on the face, neck, hand or arm, and are often mistaken for mosquito bites. However, while mosquito bites tend to be random in pattern, bedbug bites more often occur in straight lines.

Although bedbugs can be upsetting and stressful to find, they aren’t dangerous and don’t transmit any human diseases. Most people don’t develop any serious skin reaction. However, you should take action straight away to prevent the spread of an infestation.

Adult bedbugs look a bit like lentils and are visible to the naked eye. They are oval-shaped, flat and up to 5mm long. Their colour can vary between dark yellow, red or brown.
Bedbugs need to feed on blood to be able to mature, but they’re very resilient. Adults can survive for up to a year without feeding.
How to spot them
• look for any unexplained skin rash or itchy bumps (although not everyone develops this)
• look out for black spots on your mattress – this could be their dried faeces
• look for mottled shells that bedbugs may have shed
• check your sheets for blood spots where you may have rolled over and squashed a bug after it has fed
• inspect all the crevices and joints of your mattress and furniture using a torch, and see if you can spot any bugs
• there may be an unpleasant, musty scent in rooms with a large infestation – adult bedbugs produce this odour with their scent glands when disturbed

They’re usually carried into a home or business on clothing, or in luggage or furniture. Given their size, bed bugs are well adapted to travel.
As a business the best approach is to ensure staff are fully aware of the signs and ensure prompt treatment , using a specialist pest control contractor is recommended if you have an infestation.
Although bed bugs are not of serious public health significance they can cause serious financial disruption to businesses if customers become aware of an infestation. So always ensure staff are well trained and take prompt action. If you suffer from repeat infestations discreet monitoring traps are now available which will give you early warning.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]