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BITING BUGS AND INSECTS

You have called out the pest control technician to treat ‘bities’ but are unsure what you are actually dealing with. Your technician will try to narrow down the cause of the problem prior to treating the premises. The reaction to bites varies between people quite drastically and it is a matter we take very seriously. Some people can be more attractive to insects and/or react more severely to bites.

Examples of more easily spotted biting bugs include:

  • Ants
  • Fleas
  • Mosquitoes
  • Bees
  • Spiders
  • Wasps

Examples of ‘invisible’ insects and bugs include:

  • Bedbugs – bite just before dawn. Blood spots may be found on bedding and dried blood and live insects on the mattress, cracks in furniture and attachments to the wall, curtains and the smooth edge under the carpet. These require a very thorough treatment.
  • Caterpillar hairs – processionary caterpillars drop stinging (urticating) hairs as they trail and also around their silken shelters. When the hairs touch the body, a stinging sensation results.
  • Lice – body, head and pubic. These are obligate parasites of people and are medical problems, requiring chemical rinses of the affected parts and washing of clothing/bedding in contact with the body.
  • Book lice, or psocids, do not have sucking mouthparts so do not bite but their rasping action may cause irritation.
  • Midgies (sandflies). Can inflict a painful bite but are not proven to be a vector of disease.
  • Mites – some bird and rat mites can inflict painful bites. Bird mites are prevalent when the young leave the nest in spring, streaming down one or two walls in the house, looking for their next feed. Long-term control is achieved by removing the hosts and bird proofing the area. The female scabies mite burrows into the skin to lay eggs.

If you or your family and friends are suffering from biting and irritation please contact us for advice.

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