''Super bed bug'' arrives in UK: Flea immune to pest control could mean lots of scratching

A plague of fleas will be crawling into bed with us as the tiny pests invade our homes.

The nation is in line for months of itchy torment, with a double threat coming from high numbers of bugs and the arrival of a new “super-flea”, experts warn.

Rob Simpson, of pest control group Basis Prompt, said the mild winter provided ideal breeding conditions for the insects, which can sneak into sheets, clothes and carpets.

He said: “Temperatures all over the country have been much warmer this year.

“That could lead to a significant increase in the pest population. Many will have come out of hibernation early to begin reproduction.

"We’ll only know later in the year, but we could be facing a summer of bugs.”

Experts say that just like the 2ft mutated rats found in the UK that are now immune to poisons, we have also got a new “uber-flea” that can defy shop-bought pest powders.

There are about 10 species of the bugs that can be found in houses, biting us and setting up home in dogs’ and cats’ fur.

Females lay up to 50 eggs a day and recently Dr Tim Nuttall, of the University of Liverpool, said our flea population had soared in the last two years.

They can live from two weeks to a year.

Courtesy of the Mirror

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