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Bedbugs are becoming more common and are a real pest!

Often associated with unhygienic conditions and poor cleaning standards, these days bed bugs can also be found in properties that are exceptionally clean. Frequent international travel, as well as a developing resistance to pesticides, means that the infestation of bed bugs can occur practically anywhere.

Bites may be the first thing you notice if you're not familiar with the other signs of bed bugs. Chances are if you've got bites, the infestation may already be quite severe. Generally, the bite itself is painless, but in time can cause the skin to become irritated and inflamed, though not everybody reacts to the bites.

A bed bug infestation can be identified by blood stains or rusty marks on bed linen and mattresses caused by crushed bugs or their excrement. There may also be egg shells or shed skins and you could smell a musty or sweet smell. You may also find the bug itself or a cluster of them. Bed bugs are around 5mm in length, flattish and a reddish-brown in colour. The eggs are white, oval and approximately 1mm long and covered in a sticky film so they can adhere to surfaces. Mattresses and bed frames, other bedroom furniture, curtains, crevices in wallpaper and behind picture frames all need to be checked for signs of the bugs and thoroughly treated.

Eradication of bed bugs requires an expert knowledge of these pests as they particularly like tiny cracks and crevices and the treatment needs to be meticulous. In order for it to be completely successful, certain measures must be carried out by the householder before the treatment is carried out. A professional A&S Pest Control technician will not only be able to treat the problem effectively, but also to advise you on what actions you need to take.


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