Bed Bugs Atherton, Leigh and Tyldesley.

Bed Bugs Atherton, Leigh and Tyldesley.


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One of the most feared and least understood pest species known to mankind is the bed bug (Cimex lectularius). How many of us fell asleep to sleep at night as kids with the parting rhyme of our guardians in our ears “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite”? Bed Bugs may have started […]




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One of the most feared and least understood pest species known to mankind is the bed bug (Cimex lectularius). How many of us fell asleep to sleep at night as kids with the parting rhyme of our guardians in our ears “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite”?

Bed Bugs may have started to predate on man at around the period we moved into caves, the bat bugs Cimex pilosellus and Cimex pipistrella largely feed on bats and it is likely that bat feeding species of bed bus evolved to feed on human blood when our forebears started living} in bat infested caves.

Up to the invention of DDT in the early 20th century bed bugs were commonplace guests in most poor quality homes.

The later part of the 20th century saw pest control companies having very few bed bug problems indeed, their presence being generally restricted to budget holiday camps and student lodgings etc.

Most people confuse dust mites, which aren’t visible to the unaided eye, with bed bugs which most certainly can be seen.

Adult bedbugs are reddy-brown, about a few milemetres in size and engorged after feeding on human blood.

Bed bugs regularly feed on a target’s blood every few days, coming out in the early hours of the morning and homing in on their target by sniffing the exhaled carbon dioxide from human breath and when closing in on their target, they sense infra red heat.

Lacking a suitable human host to feed on they can lie in a period of dormancy for periods of up to 18 months.

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The first signs of a bed bug presence are spots of blood on bedding and on the base of mattresses and a lot of people can react badly to the bites of these bugs.

The early part of this century has seen bed bug numbers explode everywhere on the planet, the easy availability of international and economic migration have both been given as reasons for the resurgence.

What is sure is that that are now making a real comeback not only in cheaper quality housing but high class hotels, schools and even hospitals.

One London borough reports a doubling of bed bugs infestations every year from 1995 to 2001.

One night stay in an infested hotel is all it takes, they hitch a ride in your suitcases or bags. Stretford Pest control companies are also now reporting cases of transport related bed bug infestations on tubes, trains and buses so a simple journey to work on an infested tube or train can be sufficient to spread the infestation to your own home.

They are an expensive pest to eradicate as contrary to popular belief they do not just live in beds. They live in any nook and cranny anywhere close to a sleeping human being, beds, electrical sockets, televisions, bed side telephones etc and dealing with them is both laborious and time consuming. They have even been discovered found living under the toe-nails of infirm people and in the creases of flesh on grossly over-weight people.

They are not a pest that can be eradicated by an amateur and a pest control professional will almost certainly be needed.

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