Experts warn bed bugs ‘endemic’ in the Capital

Bed bugs are frequently brought into the Capital by travellers.
Bed bugs are frequently brought into the Capital by travellers.
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BED bugs are making a comeback in Scots cities – including Edinburgh.

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland warned that bed bugs were becoming “endemic” in the Capital.

A spokesman said: “Bed bugs are an international problem often associated with travellers returning from holiday or business visits abroad.

“Increasingly we are finding them in densely populated areas of our cities, where it is difficult for authorities to get access to inspect or treat”.

“It is difficult to prevent entry of these insects into the premises as they are carried in on humans, luggage, laundry or furniture.

“To gain control of the infestation, we need to detect it early and act quickly by engaging the services of a professional pest control company.”

Experts and pest control agencies have said the surge in population is likely to come from travelling and immigration, as well as a resistance to insecticides. Bed bugs can stow away in suitcases or clothes, making them easy to spread. And the bugs are also more resistant to insecticides than ever which means spraying them is no longer the best way to remove them.