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The return of the old plague of ghosts

they attack in the night, when you're clueless in bed. They love heat, and exposed skin. This shows only hours or days later, a response. The bed bugs have then to leave your victim a while ago. The stitch traces, this is usually done in a line and are referred to as "bugs road". The itchy, swollen pustules can be several days, a nuisance, until they disappear again.

Alone in the city of Zurich in the last year, in the urban pest control around 150 inquiries about bed bugs. Since the turn of the Millennium, has increased tenfold this number will more than. "If we receive a request, we require, if possible, an animal for the determination of the pest," says Gabi Müller, a biologist and Director of pest prevention and advice to the city of Zurich. If necessary, one or two employees to the inspection of the affected property would be sent.

The bugs prefer rooms to sleep. In the day, they hide in the cracks of the bed frame and other furniture, in the folds of mattresses, behind the cover images make,, under Wallpaper or in outlets. The pest control company are looking for live animals or Droppings. But Droppings alone are not enough, which can also be an indication of a previous infestation. "The fight against bed bugs belongs in expert hands", said Gabi Müller. Because otherwise you might achieve the opposite, and the animals spread.

Imported bed bugs

The pesky bed bugs are often a "holiday souvenir". If it's in a Hotel, in an apartment or an airplane bed bugs, you can bring the Luggage home. In addition, there are, according to Gabi Müller, landlords, people in houses that are full of pests to live. Conversely, there is a lack affected tenants more often on the money for the fight.

you can Also go with you when moving pests, or by the purchase of second hand furniture are to be introduced. The unpleasant itching and rash brings the Affected often the skin doctor: "The patient coming in to have the bedbug bites to treat, you have got in the holidays," says skin doctor Marc Baumgartner from Herzogenbuchsee. He treated the symptoms of the primary anti-inflammatory cortisone.

In the case of itch mites in the environment of the patient must also be treated.

in addition to bed bugs employ parasites to the skin doctor others Skin, in advance of head lice and itch mites. "The number of patients with infection of the Krätzmilbe has massively increased," says the doctor. This mite causes the skin disease scabies medical Scabies. The Name "scabies" is derived from the word "scratch".

itch mites live on or in the human skin. You recognize them as a grain of sand to large, black dots. The infection with the Krätzmilbe is done through close contact with the skin. The parasites and their droppings can trigger an allergic reaction with a rash and eczema, associated with intense itching. It small skin nodules open to the skin by Scratching, and small reddish-brown mites gears to warm the body between the fingers, the genital area or on the whole body.

scabies is treated combined with cortisone to inhibit the inflammation, and at the same time with a special skin cream, or with tablets that act directly against the parasites. It is important in the case of the itch mites, the environment, the family, will always be treated consistently, so the skin doctor. Otherwise, the ping-pong effect of the threat.

aphids on each infested

The infestation with head lice is regarded in Switzerland as the most common parasite disease in children. So it fails because of the tiny animals far and wide in schools, kindergartens or hoarding regular Alarm. The lice live only on the head, and through direct hair-to-hair contact, for example, if the children at Play put your heads together.

lice infestation has, however, nothing to do with poor Hygiene and can affect anyone. Symptoms of itching are often on the head skin and sometimes eczema caused by Scratching. With anti-head lice means the lice can be destroyed, provided that all of the lice affected family treated are members.

"The responsibility for the lice treatment lies with the parents." Christina Ruob,

The infestation with head lice or other skin parasites in Switzerland is not required to be listed. For this reason, there are no Figures on the current development. The head lice are, in particular, during the holiday time is an issue. "This is due to travel to areas, where this time the head lice are," says Christina Ruob, specialist for head lice and a pharmacist in Zurich. It operates the Website

So, you don't want to talk, for example, in the case of the Zurich public school to rise. "We have no statistics. In previous years, there were on average one to two children per affected class," says Andrea Seraina Bauschatz, head of the school medical service of the city of Zurich. Since September of 2018, the service had been reported 91 suspected cases, of which would have been only 13 actual cases. This shows that the Problem is often overestimated.

notwithstanding this, the primary school has introduced a new approach, to be able to more quickly and effectively respond: It provides that the teacher is active, if she has a child with a suspected head lice infestation. The school management with the parents contact and offers support for the head lice service the school medical service. Head lice specialist Christina Ruob stressed: "The responsibility for the lice treatment, however, lies not with the schools but with the parents."

traveling is a main cause

skin doctor Marc Baumgartner cites two reasons for the increase in skin parasites: intensive travel activity and Migration. Be affected in advance of people from crisis areas, such as Ex-Yugoslavia, Syria, or Africa, where medical care is often insufficient. Add to this that the local Doctors would not detect the parasite in the absence of experience for a long time. "And this, in turn, leads to greater spread."

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 12.05.2019, 18:27 PM

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