Children of the 50s and 60s May remember this little rhyme being said as they were being tucked up in their beds. At the time, we had no idea what a bed bug was or what one looked like. The rhyme probably dates back to the 16th century at a time when bedbugs were a common sight. However bedbug populations , along with most living things plummeted after the development of potent insecticides such as DDT. But they’re back in large numbers and becoming a bit of a nightmare. Bedbugs are one of our most challenging pest insects to eradicate. As you can see in the photo they will hide in bedside lights and other cracks and crevices. Even behind peeling wallpaper. They are becoming more and more common in the UK. There are several factors that have contributed to their increase such as global travel and their resistance to some insecticide and chemicals. This blood sucking critter has been around since the Stone Age and always will be as they evolve and adapt to the ever changing world. In recent decades, they have become genetically programmed to resist modern insecticides such as pyrethroids making successful treatment difficult. Therefore, a multi-pronged approach is needed or integrated pest management. This involves a combination of chemicals, hot washing bedding and clothing (heat kills bedbugs and their eggs), desiccating powders and sometimes disposal of beds and other heavily infested items. For those of us that have ever shared a bed with bedbugs you will know only too well the discomfort from bites, allergic reactions and psychological trauma they cause. That’s without all the upheaval and expense of having them dealt with (if you’re lucky enough to find a thorough pest controller). Eradipest have been successfully treating bedbugs for many years and use the most up to date treatments along with thorough property surveys which are key to establishing the best course of action.
If you have unwanted pests, please call us on 0333 600 6005 to find out how we can help.