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Bed bugs a major health issue

25th February 2011

Bed bugs are becoming a major public health issue in Scotland, according to experts.

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With US experts fearing that the world is on the verge of a global epidemic of bed bug infestation, the Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland (REHIS) notes that local authorities across Scotland are reporting increases.

Pest control experts are also responding to more call-outs of bed bug infestations.

REHIS wants better data collection on outbreaks and improvements on how information on bed bug outbreaks is shared.

Pat Hoey, chair of the REHIS public health and housing working group, said: “Different local authorities are reporting an increase, usually in densely populated areas, although it's sporadic in other places.”

Glasgow and Edinburgh are worst affected with the increase put down to travel.

Mr Hoey said: “People are travelling further afield and these insects can live in luggage and be brought back. Precautions should be taken, such as making sure everything is thoroughly shaken out before you return home.

“Bed bugs are very hard to get rid of, and can migrate rooms very easily. People aren't dealing with them properly - that's why it's a growing problem.”

John McNeice, from the Fife-based Scottish Pest Control Services, said he had seen about a 20% increase in bed bug business over the past two years with most of the work in guest houses, hotels and domestic properties.

Elsewhere, New York has been particularly badly hit with office buildings, cinemas and shops reporting infestations.

Bed bugs can cause a rash when they bite and leave tell-tale bloodstains on bed sheets.

 

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isa abubakar

Saturday 26th February 2011 @ 18:00

People travel across the globe so transfer is possible. Bed bugs escape public health concern for some decade now. There is need for enlightenment. Imagine spending the night without adequate sleep.


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