Are bed bugs on the rise in the UK?

There are lots of pest control questions we get, and recently, there’s been more cropping up surrounding the issue of bed bugs. Unfortunately, bed bug problems are becoming more common, especially in urban areas, but what is causing a rise in this pest issue? We take a look.

How common are bed bugs in the UK?

Bed bugs are notorious nocturnal nuisances that feed on human blood. In the UK, these tiny pests have been stealthily making a comeback in recent years, and they’re hard to spot due to being only 4mm in size.

Bed Bug Pest Controllers Once associated with unsanitary conditions, bed bugs have proven to be a problem that transcends cleanliness and can affect anyone, anywhere. With more bed bug awareness required, it has prompted a need for alternative approaches and increased public information about prevention and early detection.

Are bed bugs on the increase?

Unfortunately, bed bug infestations are on the rise in the UK, with some pest controllers saying they’ve seen up to a 65% increase in this type of enquiry. But what’s causing the increase?

Factors such as increased international travel, changing pest control techniques and pests building resistance to certain insecticides have all contributed to the resurgence in UK bed bug problems. International travel is also a cause, as these pests are expert hitchhikers, latching onto luggage, clothes and other belongings, allowing them to spread.

What attracts bed bugs to your property?

Understanding what attracts bed bugs into properties is the key to preventing pest infestations. Bed bugs are drawn by the scent of carbon dioxide and body heat, which humans emit during sleep. However, you can adapt your environment to keep it a bed bug-free zone. For example, clutter offers ample hiding spots for them, so it’s important to minimise this where possible.

Frequent travellers are particularly vulnerable to bed bug encounters, and second-hand furniture and clothing can also introduce bed bugs into your home, making it crucial to inspect and treat these items before bringing them indoors.

What can you do about a bed bug problem?

Early detection is critical for stopping a bed bug problem in its tracks, so regularly inspect your bedding, mattress seams and crevices near your sleeping area for signs, such as tiny reddish-brown bugs, dark spots, sweet odours and blood stains on sheets.

Reduce potential hiding spots by removing clutter and sealing cracks in walls, furniture and floors. Regularly vacuum and wash bedding, clothing and curtains in hot water (above 60°C), drying them on a high heat setting.

However, it’s always best to seek expert help for bed bug issues. If you suspect an infestation, consult a professional pest control service with experience in treating bed bugs. They can employ a combination of chemical and heat treatments while performing thorough inspections to effectively eliminate the infestation.

For more expert tips, head to our blog on the best ways to get rid of bed bugs.

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Effective Pest Solutions are experts in bed bug control, operating across South East locations such as Beckenham and Bookham.

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