Bed Bugs Stretford, Urmston and Flixton.
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One of the most feared and least understood pest species known to man is the bed bug (Cimex lectularius). How many of us dozed off to sleep at night as kids with the words of our parents in our ears “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite”? Bed Bugs most probably started to […]
Bed Bugs most probably started to predate on people at about the period when we moved into caves, the bat bugs Cimex pilosellus and C pipistrella mainly feed on bats and it is a fair chance that bat feeding species of bugs evolved to feed on human beings when our forebears started dwelling} in bat infested caves.
Before the arrival of DDT in the early 20th century bed bugs were common unwelcome guests in most slum quality homes.
The later years of the 20th century saw pest control companies dealing with very few bed bug infestations indeed, their presence being largely restricted to cheap holiday camps and student accomadation etc.
A lot of people confuse dust mites, which aren’t visible to the naked, with bed bugs which certainly.
Adult bedbugs are reddish in colour, about a quarter of an inch in size and engorged after a feed of human blood.
Bed bugs regularly feed on a target’s blood every week or so, emerging in the hours before dawn and locating their target by detecting the exhaled CO2 from human breath and when close in on their target, they sense body body heat.
Lacking a suitable human meal to dine on they can remain in a period of dormancy for periods of up to 18 months.
Signs of a bed bug presence are spots of blood on bed clothes and on the edges of mattresses and many people can react badly to the bites of these bugs.
The early the 21st century has seen bed bug reports growing everywhere on the planet, the easy availability of international and economic migration have both been put forward for the resurgence.
What is certain is that that are now making a real resurgence not only in lower quality housing but high class hotels, schools and even hospitals.
One London borough reported a doubling of bed bug reports every year from 1995 to 2001.
One night stay in an infested bed is all it takes, they catch 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 home on an infested tube or train can be enough to spread bed bugs to your own home.
They are an tricky pest to deal with as contrary to popular belief they do not just live in beds. They hide in any nook and cranny conveniently close to a sleeping target, beds, electrical sockets, televisions, bed side telephones etc and dealing with them is both difficult and time consuming. They have even been revealed 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 required.
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