Five smells that indicate a bed bug infestation.

 

Bed bugs are an unpleasant pest to deal with. They infest beds and furniture and bite you whilst you sleep. Their bite leaves small, painful, red spots on your skin and cause a lot of distress, worry and discomfort. They are notoriously difficult pest to eradicate. This is due to their body walls being so thick, meaning it takes longer for the insecticide to penetrate through. If left untreated, they will rapidly multiply and could potentially spread into more rooms. It is crucial to carry out a thorough bed bug eradication process as soon as you start to notice bed bug activity.  Bed bugs can be transmitted in many common ways. They are not a sign of being unhygienic, it is just pure bad luck. They can be caught by stopping in hotels, B&B’s and by using public transport.

Research has shown that there are multiple smells that can indicate a bed bug infestation. According to the pest exterminator Arrow, bed bugs emit a musty, sweet smell that is like coriander seeds. People have also claimed that a bed bug infestation also smells like spoiled raspberries, marzipan, and almonds. A minty smell has been linked to a heavy infestation of bed bugs.

Here at Pest Control Supermarket, we supply only the best pest control to ensure you achieve total eradication of bed bugs. Our treatment kits come supplied with a professional step-by-step advice sheet which enables a swift and precise fumigation process. You can be assured you will be purchasing with confidence as we only supply premium products without the hefty price tag of a professional pest controller. To shop our full range of bed bug eradication insecticides, visit www.pestcontrolsupermarket.com.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

All around the world, cockroaches are deemed a dangerous and unsanitary insect. To learn more about cockroaches, read this professional blog post which will tell you what you need to know.

About cockroaches

There are thousands of species of cockroaches worldwide, but the most common species are the American cockroach, German cockroach, Oriental cockroach, and the Brown-banded cockroach. All cockroaches have six legs, two antennae and two pairs of wings. Dependant on the species of cockroach, they can measure up to 1 inch long. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, there are thousands of types of cockroaches around the world, but only 30 are considered pests. They are found on every continent in the world except Antarctica, and cockroach fossils date back 350 million years.

Do cockroaches bite?

Research carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that cockroaches do not bite, although when they crawl, they can scratch you with their leg spines. Cockroaches are carriers of bacteria, so if you were to be scratched it could become infected.

Cockroach allergy and disease

A 2012 article that was published in the journal Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Research has described that cockroaches are one of the most common sources of indoor allergens. The enzymes found in the faeces, eggs, saliva and shedding body parts of cockroaches are the most common causes of allergic reactions in people, but children are more susceptible. If you are suffering with a cockroach allergy, it is recommended you visit your GP, and they will recommend or prescribe the relevant medication.

There is little evidence of specific disease outbreaks and cockroaches being linked, however it is known that cockroaches are carriers of bacteria. According to the World Health Association (WHO), it is known that cockroaches are carriers of many intestinal diseases such as dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever, and diarrhoea.

Cockroach eradication

There are many avenues you can go down to eradicate a cockroach infestation from your home or business, but insecticides are usually the quickest and most effective way of achieving total eradication. Pest Control Supermarket are the UK’s leading suppliers of cockroach insecticides, as they supply the strongest products available to the UK amateur market. The full range can be found by visiting www.pestcontrolsupermarket.com, or calling 0114 2128758 and speaking to one of the professional pest control advisors.

How to eradicate ants

Suffering with ants in your home? Ants are a pain when they invade, especially if they are in the kitchen. There are more harmful pests out there, but ants are problematic as they can get into almost everything, including your pantry and containers of food. If you have noticed just the one, it is extremely likely that there is a colony somewhere and is advised to eradicate them sooner rather than later. Below is handy guide of how to eradicate ants from your home.

  1. Eliminate the food source

First and foremost, it is important to eliminate all food sources that ants may be feeding on. This includes getting into all the small cracks and crevices in your kitchen, such as under kick boards and behind large appliances. Ants are usually attracted to sweet and starchy food, so it is important to make sure all liquid spillages are cleared up straight away. Overall, the cleaner you keep your kitchen, the less likely you are to be infested with ants.

  1. Block entry points

Another useful way to eradicate ants is to block the entry points, so they are physically unable to enter your property. Whilst it may be impossible to seal off every crevice of your home, the key is to follow the ants trail to locate the entry point. They will usually be around window frames and doors.

  1. Use insecticides

The key part of an ant eradication strategy is to ensure you are using the best insecticides on the market. Here at Pest Control Supermarket, we supply the best and most effective ant control products available to the amateur market. This includes residual sprays, contact powders and bait stations. Shop the full range by visiting www.pestcontrolsupermarket.com!

Swarm of insects to hit the US

Billions of insects are set to swarm the US next month, after hiding underground for 17 years! Countries that are going to be invaded include both Georgia and New York. Insect experts are awaiting their arrival, as they have waited almost 20 years to see one of the cicadas. It is believed that they rarely appear for safety reasons as they are not good defenders against predators such as foxes and birds.

Some cicadas have been known to emerge after 13 years. Experts are looking into whether climate change has impacted their cycle, but this is still under investigation. Cicadas are sensitive to climate change and need deciduous trees to survive, so deforestation poses a huge threat to the species.

The insects are due to appear in April in huge swarms and have been given the name ‘Brood X’. The swarm will create a loud buzzing sound which will last for approximately 4 weeks. Once the cicadas have mated, the female will lay her eggs in tree branches, whereas the male will die. When the eggs hatch, the little nymphs will burrow down into the ground and stay there for 17 years, growing larger and larger until it is time to reappear.

Experts are not entirely sure why the cicada spends so much time underground, however they do know that they go through five growing stages and tree roots are their main food source. When the cicada is big enough, they emerge from the ground and crawl up trees so they can shed their skin to grow wings and find potential mates.

Horror as Scottish man’s flat swarming with insects

A resident of a high rise in Scotland has been horrified and scared to sleep at night due to discovering a huge infestation of bed bugs, silverfish, and beetles. Andrew Breslin has been forced to sleep on the sofa due to being too petrified to face the bugs in his bedroom. He has told the Glasgow Live that he does not know how much more he can take.

As a result of this, Mr Breslin suffers continuous sleepless nights and OCD attacks as he has no other option but to live alone in the insect infested flat. Andrew first discovered the massive infestation when he first moved into the Sandyhills high rise block of flats in February 2020, although he admitted he initially did not think much of it.

Soon after, he realised the problem was much worse than first anticipated as he began waking up with rashes all over his skin, which turned out to be bed bug bites as he saw the critters crawling all over his mattress, pillow, and duvet. After discovering this, he decided to look under the bed and to his horror he discovered more of the insects around the skirting board and all over the carpet.

Andrew told the Glasgow Live “I’ve been savaged by all the bed bugs. I hadn’t had experience with them before now but the whole place is crawling with them. I woke up early one morning and saw two of them crawling up the duvet towards me. And there were babies under the pillow. They leave horrible marks.”

Mr Breslin, 42, got in touch with the housing officers who informed him that it was not a problem they had ever dealt with before. As such, a pest controller was sent in November to spray the property and said they would be back to complete the work, but they are yet to arrive. The tenant has tried to reach out to the contractors carrying out the fumigation but states his calls and messages have been ignored.

The resident has expressed that his depression has gone downhill since finding the bugs in his home. Andrew Breslin has said “I’m sleeping on the sofa now but they’ve begun following me in there. I now have the same ritual before I go to bed. I check in the pillows and in the duvet. It’s a battle. I don’t know how much more I can take. I have OCD with bugs, and this has affected me hugely. It really has me going around the bend. This sort of issue plays with people’s mental health. I can’t even sleep properly because I’ve got creepy crawlie sensations. It’s turned into a nightmare. I’m at my wit’s end. I understand these are hard times and all due to lockdown, but it is pushing me over the edge. I have nowhere else to go.”

A spokesperson for the Glasgow Housing Association has confirmed the housing association have tried reaching out to Andrew at the time of publication. They have said: “We’ve tried several times to contact this tenant to arrange a time for our specialist contractors to go out and sort the latest issue, but we couldn’t get him by phone or email. We were very sorry to hear the issue had come back after our contractors treated the problem in November, followed up by regular weekly checks. We understand it’s affecting the tenant’s wellbeing so there’s no issue with getting it fixed. We finally made contact with him today and we’ll try to get this resolved as quickly as possible.”