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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs

Bed bugs were a problem that humans thought they had got under control, but recent years have seen a 500% increase in their occurrence. Previously confined to hotels and transport hubs, they are increasingly becoming common in peoples homes, and as they are easily passed from person to person, they can be easily spread. Bed bugs generally emerge at night and draw blood from humans by piercing them with twin tubes. One side anaesthetises the wound and the other side draws blood. The result is a raised, itchy lump on the body, which can take up to a week to appear after the initial bite. Though they will heal of their own accord, anti-histamines are often administered to control the intense itching, whilst hot water can also help alleviate the symptoms. Ultimately, the cause of the infestation must be treated in order to prevent reoccurrence.

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I have treated the bed for bed bugs, why I'm I still seeing them on the bed when I check in the middle of the night





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I don't own a steamer and can't afford 1 just now however I do have a steamer you use to remove wallpaper can I use this on the bed bugs





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I just came back from a nice four star hotel in Barcelona and have been bitten alive, I checked on trip adviser when I came back to the uk and some people stayed at the same hotel a week before had the same issue, new bites are appearing all the time and I understand it can take up to 9days to stop showing new bites, is this right? I've wased all my clothes here times on 40* and whites on 95* and tumble dried most things, will this work? Help it's driving me bonkers and costing a fortune. I told the hotel nod they said sorry but I wonder if I should ask for my money back can I do that?





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has any one used heat treatment to get rid - am about to get experts in.....costs a bomb but dont no what else to do ???





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Yes I have, and I did it myself, it is the quickest way to kill all life stages including the eggs.

yes i use a steamer,,, very good,, gets rid of everything

Can you see bed bugs with the naked eye? I keep getting bitten Not sure if it's bed bugs or insect bites. It only started When the weather got hotter. Please can someone advise me on this?. Thanks





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Hi We had the same problem. Bed bugs are around 5 - 7mm in length so yes they can be seen, although I have never found one biting me yet. Check your bedding for any signs, blood spots, eggs which look like little grains of rice, check around seams of mattresses in and behind furniture and where carpets meet the skirting boards. When we had bed bugs I found them behind the bed, in the wash basket and in a chest of drawers. We bought fumite for all our rooms which produces a smoke which kills the little critters, we also bought a bed bug spray for the mattress and powder for stationary furniture. We wash our bedding every week and I Hoover every day and do a thorough clean every 3 weeks, hoovering and washing furniture. This might seem over the top but the stress they caused me was awful so I want to make sure they don't come back. Good luck to anyone with this problem, this doesn't mean you have a dirty home your just unlucky.

hey need ur help i think i have bed bugs pls help me





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well i had a migie bite on my upper back just above my collar bone a while back and scratched it and then i started to get and few wee spots that were itchy and recently its spread to both sides of my back and it now goes under my collar bone too on my shoulders and side of neck its incredibally itchy and i cant reach it well which doesnt help what is it? i also had exma when i was younger but i dont think thats it





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i think i have bed bugs i need ur help

Hi guys just read all the posts, we had bed bugs years ago, brought 2 bottles of spray from the net and they went away thank god. A few days ago we had some people round and they told me after they had been here for an hour that they had bed bugs in the flat they were renting. I felt for them as we had been through it before. I change my bed linen every 3 days as i always have. When these people left our house i was checking to see if they had left me any friends from the clothing they were wearing. I hovered my bed all around took me 2 hours i have seen no signs of them at all as we always have white bed linen and sheets, it stresses me out so much i have ordered mattress covers for all the beds which cost almost £300 the covers completely cover the mattress with a zip they are for bed bugs, and dust mites. will let you guys know how i get on with them. Once one has had them we look at every little mark or fluff on the floor which is black or red, i have laminate flooring everywhere apart from the stairs. i know what you are all going through it took me months to get over it when we had them a few years ago. Looking back i think my husband had brought them back from being away in his case, now the case is taken into the garage and washed straight away. I may not have seen any sign of them but i am taking no chances.





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i have just ordered 900grams of DE to kill bed bugs does anyone know if it will work ? if you dont suggest it please suggest something you know to work, as pest controll from th local council have proved useless





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use a steamer

Hi Lee, Can you please provide details of reputable bed bug pest control experts in Sydney? I have had a problem for 6 weeks and have been completely conned by the guy I hired. He has no idea what he's doing, in fact I think my problem is now worse because of him. HELP!





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