With the British Governments drastic reduction of its pest control budget, bed bug control london and other parts of the UK can be, well, a real pest. The number of local authorities providing free pest control services has been reduced by twenty-six per cent in the last four years. Its no wonder more pests have come a-crawling, creeping and a-flying at will and pest control experts predict this problem is only going to get worse if no collective move is taken to bug the government to reverse its penny-pinching ways. The austerity measures adopted by the British Government have forced it to regard the pestering and festering pest problem close to negligible.
Bed bugs for one have made a comeback and biting their way back into homes, hotels and even offices, cinemas and retail shops. A study made by a London school revealed that during the period between 2000 and 2006, the complaints regarding bed bugs rose to as much as 28.5 % annually. In 2010, a leading Pest Control expert reported that the number of bed bug call-outs rose to as much as 24% in the first half of the year alone. During this period, some British hotels had taken to employing the services of sniffer dogs to deal with these infestations.
The problem of bed bugs, according to a leading pest management consultant, is an example of how a small problem can escalate to one of widespread due to neglect. According to this consultant, the country grew complacent in dealing with this problem after taking on the last great outbreak before the Second World War. In the 1930s, bed bugs had seized control of every house in London. It took the intervention of the Ministry of Health and the subsequent enforcement of the Public Health Act of 1936 for councils to finally take action. The period between the 60s and the 80s was considered the Golden Years in Great Britain when bed bugs were nearly driven to extinction, especially after the introduction of the insecticide called DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) in 1946 hailed as the Wonder Chemical. But as much as this wonder pesticide almost single-handedly squashed the bed bug colony, it also resulted in nightmarish effects for the environment and human health. With more studies showing that it was just as harmful to humans as it was to pests, the use of DDT had been reduced considerably.
Climate change and growing international travel are cited as some reasons for the resurgence of the bed bug. But the leading pest management consultant debunks both excuses and argues that what accounts for these bugs’ tenacity and proliferation is their fortified resistance to commonly used pesticides in the west. The task boils down to coming up with a more potent pesticide thats also human and environment-friendly. But the real solution begins with home and building owners taking a more proactive stance against it. Even with problems regarding pesticide inefficacy, people can help reduce the problem by becoming more militant. By reporting early detection to their local pest control experts, the problem in their specific premises can be arrested early thus preventing its spread to other parts.
In fact, the same case can be made for the rest of UKs pest problems. The minute the problem starts to pest you, try to squash it right away.