Mutant fleas to join forces with pesky bedbugs to pile on misery for Brits

Mutant fleas are set to join forces with bedbugs in an unstoppable insect uprising.

The British Pest Control Association has revealed the parasites – which can bite humans as well as animals – are increasingly resistant to shop-bought flea treatments.

They warned tick populations are also on the rise in rural areas. It has sparked fears of a wave of Lyme disease infections, amid growing concerns a French bedbug crisis is taking hold here.

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John Horsley, from the BPCA said: “It can be distressing to discover an insect infestation.

“It’s not pleasant to be bitten by fleas or bedbugs. Different pest problems require the use of specific techniques and products. So if you discover you have an unwanted guest, it’s essential you establish what species it is before you take any action.”

Fleas can be carried into any home on pets, people or soft furnishings. They can often be killed off by DIY treatments – unlike ticks and bedbugs.

Mr Horsley added: “If you’re unsure what you’re dealing with, immediately call a pest professional such as a BPCA member for help.”

Pest Control Manchester revealed calls about bedbugs have soared by 40% in a month. Abbie Glover, from the firm, said: “Bedbugs are one of the worst pests as they are so hard to get rid of.”

It comes after a bed bug boff revealed how they lurk in our wardrobes during the day before launching night-time attacks under the duvet.

Professor Mary Cameron, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: "Although they’re called bed bugs, they come into the bed to bite you when it’s dark, but then they scurry away into cracks and crevices within the bedroom.

"So you wouldn’t find them so much in the bed, you’d probably find them inside bedside cabinets, in cracks and crevices, or behind the headboard or in wardrobes, because they like to be in dark places during the day."

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