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Don't let the very nasty bed bugs bite.

IN TUESDAY'S Record, we reported Ayrshire mum Leesa Dean's claim that she was attacked by an infestation of bed bugs while on holiday, leaving her with scarring all over her body.

Bed bugs are small, bloodsucking insects that live in a mattress and crawl out at night to bite exposed skin.

The pests are oval-shaped, flat and up to 5mm long.

SIGNS OF INFESTATION INCLUDE:

Tiny white eggs in the crevices of mattress.

Mottled bed bug shells - bed bugs shed their skin as they grow.

Blood spots on sheets.

An unpleasant, musty scent in the bedroom.

If bites are severe, steroid creams or antibiotic may be prescribed by a doctor. Bugs can crawl long distances and can quickly spread from room to room. The best chance of successfully treating an infestation is to contact a pest control firm.

swelling, redness or the appearance infection. You might and feel unwell, in should seek straightaway, Kathryn said.

AND FINALLY

"WATCH out for tick bites," urged Kate Taylor. "While they aren't painful, they can carry a potentially serious infection called Lyme disease."

Wear long trousers and repellent, choose footpaths over grass, check skin closely and look out for a "bull's-eye" rash.

Remove ticks using finetipped tweezers or a specialist tool and contact your GP if you develop any further symptoms such as a fever.

For more information, go to lymediseaseaction.org.uk.

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