MIRTH Bed­bugs now out of con­trol

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MU­TANT bed­bugs are spi­ralling out of con­trol be­cause they are evolv­ing im­mu­nity to pes­ti­cides.

Boffins say the crit­ters have be­come re­sis­tant to the most com­monly used poi­sons, mak­ing them now twice as hard to ex­ter­mi­nate.

They say in­fes­ta­tions of these ge­netic mu­ta­tions of the house­hold hor­rors are now a “ma­jor public health is­sue”.

One pest con­trol firm says it has seen a 1,200 per cent rise in bed bug in­fes­ta­tions across Scot­land in the past ten years.

One ex­pert said: “Bed­bugs are ev­ery­where.

“We have had to change our prod­ucts be­cause it is tak­ing so much longer to get rid of them.”

Bed­bugs are par­a­sitic in­sects that pre­fer to feed on hu­man blood.

Vic­tims suf­fer the bites, skin rashes and al­lergy symp­toms.

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