Bed bugs feature on BBC Radio 4 You & Yours

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The problems with bed bugs once again hit the national headlines during a 12 minute slot on this leading UK consumer radio programme.

In the piece the whole topic of bed bugs got a good airing – one the professional pest control industry would be pleased with. For example, at the very end Dr James Logan from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) was asked if householders could deal with an infestation of bed bugs themselves. He firmly said this was a job for the professionals.

The programme interviewed the following:

  • Mike Flynn of Alpha Pest Control from Preston. He described the problem and took the reporter (John Neal) to an infested house to see the problem at first-hand;
  • Iain Turner from NPTA who explained how some people were sensitive to bites, as he is, whereas others are not;
  • Dr James Logan from LSHTM who detailed the reported 30% rise of infestations in London and the medical significance of this pest;
  • Toby Fountain from Sheffield University who described some of the work he is currently undertaking regarding bed bug DNA fingerprinting.

To listen to the programme in full click here.

The bed bug section starts at 27.25 minutes into the programme, lasting until 39.30. 



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