The Residential Landlord Association (RLA) have produced a fact sheet "Don't let the bed bugs bite". The fact sheet provides information about bed bugs, what they look like and how to combat them. It is divided into two sections; the first designed for landlords and the second for tenants, both providing advice regarding bed bugs.
The key points of the content are below but please visit here to download the full factsheet from the RLA.
The first thing to know about bedbugs is that they are in no way a reflection of a person’s inadequate hygiene or cleanliness, nor is it a reflection on the cleanliness or condition of a landlord’s property. They are a pest of exposure and can infest anywhere.
They can’t jump like fleas, but can be brought home by making contact with someone who is already infested with bedbugs or bringing infested items into the property. They can be picked up by simply sitting on a bus, train or tram, from a hotel or cinema or, indeed, a retail store.
They are not classified as a health hazard and do not transmit disease although for those who respond to the bites they can be very unpleasant. What do they look like? Adult bedbugs are reddish brown, flat and about a fifth of an inch long. Their bodies become engorged with blood once they have fed making them easier to see.
How to prevent / get rid of them?
Turning the mattress and airing a bed might help to keep dust mites at bay but it will not deter bedbugs.
Don't allow clutter to build up where you sleep - it's a perfect nesting place for bedbugs.
Don’t use a mattress that has come from an unknown source, it may have been thrown away because of an infestation.
Don't wait to report a problem - nip an infestation in the bud before it spreads. Contact your landlord straight away!
Do not throw items of furniture away or use aerosol sprays as this can quickly spread and infestation.
Always check the beds when you go away for a few days so you don’t bring the problem home with you, it’s much easier to avoid than to treat.
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