Pest controllers return to flats after bed bug infestation

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PEST controllers will be returning to a Southampton block of flats for a fifth time next week as council chiefs pledged to beat the bed bugs.

As revealed in yesterday's Daily Echo , the lives of residents at Milner Court in Shirley have been made a misery for the last two months after a colony of the creepy crawlies moved in.

Last night city council bosses confirmed that fumigators would be going in yet again next Wednesday to treat ten flats believed to be at the centre of the outbreak.

If that doesn't work more drastic measures will be taken to win the battle of the bugs.

This could include seeing skirting boards ripped off, plug sockets stripped and bed frames dismantled to ensure the sneaky creatures have no place to hide.

Pest controllers will also meet with the housing officers this Thursday to discuss how residents can help to assist with the process, including the treatment of some second hand furniture which has been identified as a possible source of the bugs.

So far it has cost the council £2,500 to fumigate the block of around 60 flats, which has only recently benefitted from a £1m refurbishment but residents are still waking up to find the bugs crawling on their walls and into their beds.

Some residents have even been left with a series of bites all over their bodies, as the bugs refuse to give up despite the use of three different chemicals to attack them.

To help keep costs down, the council are working on internal rates instead of commercial rates, which would have cost up to £10,000.

The last spray treatment was last week and each spray must be two weeks apart to allow the chemicals to work. Residents have also been advised not to vacuum as that would remove the chemicals from the carpets.

A council spokesperson said: “We really are working hard to tackle this unfortunate problem but we are confident that the matter will soon be eradicated.

“We do understand how difficult and distressing it is for the residents and if the fifth fumigation isn't judged to have worked, more action will be taken. It is a war but we are determined to win it.”

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8:41am Tue 4 Sep 12

bigfella777 says...

Why doesn't the council ask Tower Hamlets how they deal with them,they have this all the time.
Why doesn't the council ask Tower Hamlets how they deal with them,they have this all the time. bigfella777
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9:40am Tue 4 Sep 12

ToastyTea says...

Think they need to pay Shirley in Eastenders a visit aswell, she seemed to be having problems with them too last night.
Think they need to pay Shirley in Eastenders a visit aswell, she seemed to be having problems with them too last night. ToastyTea
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10:17am Tue 4 Sep 12

loosehead says...

So exactly how much would it cost to heat treat the block?
every time you use chemicals you must have a second visit & treatment to make sure you kill the ones that hatch from the eggs or they will just keep reappearing but heat kills all adults & eggs so in the long run heat is the cheapest but why only ten flats the whole block needs to be treated?
So exactly how much would it cost to heat treat the block? every time you use chemicals you must have a second visit & treatment to make sure you kill the ones that hatch from the eggs or they will just keep reappearing but heat kills all adults & eggs so in the long run heat is the cheapest but why only ten flats the whole block needs to be treated? loosehead
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10:47am Tue 4 Sep 12

G0Rf says...

Does anyone else have problems with this daily echo website keep crashing?
Does anyone else have problems with this daily echo website keep crashing? G0Rf
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10:56am Tue 4 Sep 12

southy says...

not me gorf
not me gorf southy
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11:00am Tue 4 Sep 12

southy says...

These bed bugs very large for this part of the world, normal size is about 0.5mm but these are 5.0mm in size about the same size as the ones you get in central Asia.

One of the problems could be this cavity insulation in not allowing the killing chemicals in the wall cavity.
These bed bugs very large for this part of the world, normal size is about 0.5mm but these are 5.0mm in size about the same size as the ones you get in central Asia. One of the problems could be this cavity insulation in not allowing the killing chemicals in the wall cavity. southy
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11:35am Tue 4 Sep 12

hulla baloo says...

southy wrote:
These bed bugs very large for this part of the world, normal size is about 0.5mm but these are 5.0mm in size about the same size as the ones you get in central Asia.

One of the problems could be this cavity insulation in not allowing the killing chemicals in the wall cavity.
Where you get your info from? A quick google search reveals the average size of a bed bug is approx 5mm.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: These bed bugs very large for this part of the world, normal size is about 0.5mm but these are 5.0mm in size about the same size as the ones you get in central Asia. One of the problems could be this cavity insulation in not allowing the killing chemicals in the wall cavity.[/p][/quote]Where you get your info from? A quick google search reveals the average size of a bed bug is approx 5mm. hulla baloo
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12:30pm Tue 4 Sep 12

southy says...

hulla baloo wrote:
southy wrote:
These bed bugs very large for this part of the world, normal size is about 0.5mm but these are 5.0mm in size about the same size as the ones you get in central Asia.

One of the problems could be this cavity insulation in not allowing the killing chemicals in the wall cavity.
Where you get your info from? A quick google search reveals the average size of a bed bug is approx 5mm.
NG site Hulla these bed bugs that are 5mm in size came from Asia and have been moving in all directions for a very long time, Romania reported having these types 6 or 7 years ago.
We all ways had bed bugs they are a normal thing for every house hold, its some thing you have in common with the queen, most are way to small for you to see. But these are the size of those Beetles (can't think of the name of them at the moment) that eat cloth (which can be found in beds also).
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: These bed bugs very large for this part of the world, normal size is about 0.5mm but these are 5.0mm in size about the same size as the ones you get in central Asia. One of the problems could be this cavity insulation in not allowing the killing chemicals in the wall cavity.[/p][/quote]Where you get your info from? A quick google search reveals the average size of a bed bug is approx 5mm.[/p][/quote]NG site Hulla these bed bugs that are 5mm in size came from Asia and have been moving in all directions for a very long time, Romania reported having these types 6 or 7 years ago. We all ways had bed bugs they are a normal thing for every house hold, its some thing you have in common with the queen, most are way to small for you to see. But these are the size of those Beetles (can't think of the name of them at the moment) that eat cloth (which can be found in beds also). southy
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12:47pm Tue 4 Sep 12

hulla baloo says...

southy wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
southy wrote:
These bed bugs very large for this part of the world, normal size is about 0.5mm but these are 5.0mm in size about the same size as the ones you get in central Asia.

One of the problems could be this cavity insulation in not allowing the killing chemicals in the wall cavity.
Where you get your info from? A quick google search reveals the average size of a bed bug is approx 5mm.
NG site Hulla these bed bugs that are 5mm in size came from Asia and have been moving in all directions for a very long time, Romania reported having these types 6 or 7 years ago.
We all ways had bed bugs they are a normal thing for every house hold, its some thing you have in common with the queen, most are way to small for you to see. But these are the size of those Beetles (can't think of the name of them at the moment) that eat cloth (which can be found in beds also).
So what you are saying is that they are illegal immigrants. ;)
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: These bed bugs very large for this part of the world, normal size is about 0.5mm but these are 5.0mm in size about the same size as the ones you get in central Asia. One of the problems could be this cavity insulation in not allowing the killing chemicals in the wall cavity.[/p][/quote]Where you get your info from? A quick google search reveals the average size of a bed bug is approx 5mm.[/p][/quote]NG site Hulla these bed bugs that are 5mm in size came from Asia and have been moving in all directions for a very long time, Romania reported having these types 6 or 7 years ago. We all ways had bed bugs they are a normal thing for every house hold, its some thing you have in common with the queen, most are way to small for you to see. But these are the size of those Beetles (can't think of the name of them at the moment) that eat cloth (which can be found in beds also).[/p][/quote]So what you are saying is that they are illegal immigrants. ;) hulla baloo
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12:49pm Tue 4 Sep 12

southy says...

hulla baloo wrote:
southy wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
southy wrote:
These bed bugs very large for this part of the world, normal size is about 0.5mm but these are 5.0mm in size about the same size as the ones you get in central Asia.

One of the problems could be this cavity insulation in not allowing the killing chemicals in the wall cavity.
Where you get your info from? A quick google search reveals the average size of a bed bug is approx 5mm.
NG site Hulla these bed bugs that are 5mm in size came from Asia and have been moving in all directions for a very long time, Romania reported having these types 6 or 7 years ago.
We all ways had bed bugs they are a normal thing for every house hold, its some thing you have in common with the queen, most are way to small for you to see. But these are the size of those Beetles (can't think of the name of them at the moment) that eat cloth (which can be found in beds also).
So what you are saying is that they are illegal immigrants. ;)
lol they could be hulla, did you bring them back with you from holiday aboard.
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: These bed bugs very large for this part of the world, normal size is about 0.5mm but these are 5.0mm in size about the same size as the ones you get in central Asia. One of the problems could be this cavity insulation in not allowing the killing chemicals in the wall cavity.[/p][/quote]Where you get your info from? A quick google search reveals the average size of a bed bug is approx 5mm.[/p][/quote]NG site Hulla these bed bugs that are 5mm in size came from Asia and have been moving in all directions for a very long time, Romania reported having these types 6 or 7 years ago. We all ways had bed bugs they are a normal thing for every house hold, its some thing you have in common with the queen, most are way to small for you to see. But these are the size of those Beetles (can't think of the name of them at the moment) that eat cloth (which can be found in beds also).[/p][/quote]So what you are saying is that they are illegal immigrants. ;)[/p][/quote]lol they could be hulla, did you bring them back with you from holiday aboard. southy
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4:22pm Tue 4 Sep 12

FindAndDestroy says...

Bed bugs are easy to kill, but very hard to get rid off, they can hid in places where they cant be reached, they can hide in your clothes, in your shoes, furniture,bed frames, mattresses,even in your car, they can move from flat to flat in the same block, and they can make one's life a misery, people need to be educated and be well informed about bed bugs,where they live, and how they proliferate,if you see a bed bug in your house don't kill it straight away, pick it up with a tissue and put it in jar or and small container filled with water, then flash them in the loo, if you kill them on the floor eggs will be stay on that floor, i had the same issue when i lived in New york, we had the building fumigated 3 times but in vain, some are resistant to certain chemicals, and the fact that they can hide in your clothes, and mattresses,fumigatin
g the floor and the walls is not enough, you will need to wash all your clothes, put staff you cant wash in bin bags and seal for few days,and get a plastic mattress cover to cover your mattresses, if you can get a metal bed frame, i used to bragged that back in Southampton we did not have this issue, but now i can eat my words..they can cling on your clothes,so when you go to work, or to see a friend, when you leave they can stay behind, so if you know someone who is has bed bugs, they must iron what they are going to wear before going out, getting rid of your mattresses, or your furniture not the solution, everyone need to cooperate, don't just let the pest control alone to fight them for you, you have to do your bit too...hope this helps.
Bed bugs are easy to kill, but very hard to get rid off, they can hid in places where they cant be reached, they can hide in your clothes, in your shoes, furniture,bed frames, mattresses,even in your car, they can move from flat to flat in the same block, and they can make one's life a misery, people need to be educated and be well informed about bed bugs,where they live, and how they proliferate,if you see a bed bug in your house don't kill it straight away, pick it up with a tissue and put it in jar or and small container filled with water, then flash them in the loo, if you kill them on the floor eggs will be stay on that floor, i had the same issue when i lived in New york, we had the building fumigated 3 times but in vain, some are resistant to certain chemicals, and the fact that they can hide in your clothes, and mattresses,fumigatin g the floor and the walls is not enough, you will need to wash all your clothes, put staff you cant wash in bin bags and seal for few days,and get a plastic mattress cover to cover your mattresses, if you can get a metal bed frame, i used to bragged that back in Southampton we did not have this issue, but now i can eat my words..they can cling on your clothes,so when you go to work, or to see a friend, when you leave they can stay behind, so if you know someone who is has bed bugs, they must iron what they are going to wear before going out, getting rid of your mattresses, or your furniture not the solution, everyone need to cooperate, don't just let the pest control alone to fight them for you, you have to do your bit too...hope this helps. FindAndDestroy
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3:12pm Wed 5 Sep 12

cantthinkofone says...

FindAndDestroy wrote:
Bed bugs are easy to kill, but very hard to get rid off, they can hid in places where they cant be reached, they can hide in your clothes, in your shoes, furniture,bed frames, mattresses,even in your car, they can move from flat to flat in the same block, and they can make one's life a misery, people need to be educated and be well informed about bed bugs,where they live, and how they proliferate,if you see a bed bug in your house don't kill it straight away, pick it up with a tissue and put it in jar or and small container filled with water, then flash them in the loo, if you kill them on the floor eggs will be stay on that floor, i had the same issue when i lived in New york, we had the building fumigated 3 times but in vain, some are resistant to certain chemicals, and the fact that they can hide in your clothes, and mattresses,fumigatin

g the floor and the walls is not enough, you will need to wash all your clothes, put staff you cant wash in bin bags and seal for few days,and get a plastic mattress cover to cover your mattresses, if you can get a metal bed frame, i used to bragged that back in Southampton we did not have this issue, but now i can eat my words..they can cling on your clothes,so when you go to work, or to see a friend, when you leave they can stay behind, so if you know someone who is has bed bugs, they must iron what they are going to wear before going out, getting rid of your mattresses, or your furniture not the solution, everyone need to cooperate, don't just let the pest control alone to fight them for you, you have to do your bit too...hope this helps.
Blimey!

Sounds a nightmare.

My cat infested the house with fleas a couple of years ago, and they were nasty little blighters and hard to kill. Happily, a bit of DIY fumigation did the trick eventually (although only on the 3rd attempt & using 3x the advised dose).

These things sound like an even worse problem. Nuke them from orbit.
[quote][p][bold]FindAndDestroy[/bold] wrote: Bed bugs are easy to kill, but very hard to get rid off, they can hid in places where they cant be reached, they can hide in your clothes, in your shoes, furniture,bed frames, mattresses,even in your car, they can move from flat to flat in the same block, and they can make one's life a misery, people need to be educated and be well informed about bed bugs,where they live, and how they proliferate,if you see a bed bug in your house don't kill it straight away, pick it up with a tissue and put it in jar or and small container filled with water, then flash them in the loo, if you kill them on the floor eggs will be stay on that floor, i had the same issue when i lived in New york, we had the building fumigated 3 times but in vain, some are resistant to certain chemicals, and the fact that they can hide in your clothes, and mattresses,fumigatin g the floor and the walls is not enough, you will need to wash all your clothes, put staff you cant wash in bin bags and seal for few days,and get a plastic mattress cover to cover your mattresses, if you can get a metal bed frame, i used to bragged that back in Southampton we did not have this issue, but now i can eat my words..they can cling on your clothes,so when you go to work, or to see a friend, when you leave they can stay behind, so if you know someone who is has bed bugs, they must iron what they are going to wear before going out, getting rid of your mattresses, or your furniture not the solution, everyone need to cooperate, don't just let the pest control alone to fight them for you, you have to do your bit too...hope this helps.[/p][/quote]Blimey! Sounds a nightmare. My cat infested the house with fleas a couple of years ago, and they were nasty little blighters and hard to kill. Happily, a bit of DIY fumigation did the trick eventually (although only on the 3rd attempt & using 3x the advised dose). These things sound like an even worse problem. Nuke them from orbit. cantthinkofone
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