You may have seen all the headlines on the increase in the numbers of bed bugs such as The Guardians post found here
But why the increase and how can it impact you?
The main reason given for the increase in the bed bug population is international travel and while this was true in the late 90’s and early 2000’s it is now less of a factor than it once was.
As the numbers of bed bugs introduced into the UK increased the way they were spread changed, local transport hubs, buses, trains, trams became more relevant. Anywhere that a person can sit down and has a high number of users can be affected by this includes Doctors Surgeries, Churches, Mosques, Football Stadiums and Cinemas among others.
Due to the recent long spell of hot weather, the breeding time for bed bugs has dramatically reduced from the usual 18 -21 days to 8-9 days meaning that an infestation can grow a lot quicker. As a result, there will be more bedbugs spread from peoples properties and more for you to potentially take home.
So what can you do about it , well about the increase in numbers nothing at all but about detecting them you should be vigilant and better still use passive bed bug monitors to detect them as do tens of thousands of hotel rooms worldwide
Written by Terry Shoulders of Bed bugs Limited