Bed bugs on the rampage with pest controllers reporting a doubling of call-outs to deal with them

Bed bugs are on the rampage with pest controllers reporting a doubling of call-outs to deal with them.

Rentokil Pest Control said they had seen a 140 per cent jump in the number of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed_bug inquiries about the blood-sucking insects since the end of summer.

September saw complaints leap by 217 per cent compared with the same month last year.

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Holidaymakers can unwittingly carry the critters home in their luggage or clothing.

Once an insect latches on to a victim, it will drink up http://www.dustmitekillers.com/south-london/westcombe-park-se3/fleas-prevention.php to seven times its own body weight in blood.

David Cross, head of Rentokils technical training academy, said: International travel has rocketed and is likely to be the cause of the bed bug population explosion in the UK. We were virtually free of the pests until about 10 years ago.

The best way to kill bed bugs is through temperature change.

Anything above 54C or below minus 34C will kill them.

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