For some time now, it has been predicted that bed bugs would be a problem at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and now, this harrowing bed bug prediction has already begun to come true for Canadian downhill skier Manny Osborne-Paradis. What is yet to be seen, however, is just how many bed bugs there will be and how many travelers will be returning home with bed bug bites as a result of the 2010 Olympics.
Vancouver, the hosting location of the 2010 Olympics, has already seen a doubling in reported bed bug cases for each year between 2003 and 2008. Ad now, all those people traveling to the Olympics on all those planes with all of their luggage will make the Olympic travel season ripe indeed for bed bug transfer.
This first Olympic bed bug report by Canadian downhill skier Manny Osborne-Paradis states that Osborne-Paradis has been infested with “damned bedbugs” and is itching from bed bug bites. Osborne-Paradis, and possibly other Canadian skiers staying in the same local Canadian condo, has begun to wash his sheets and take other anti-bed bug precautions.
Events like the Olympics are particularly problematic because when people travel, bed bugs travel, and when many people travel, many bed bugs travel! And it is no secret that, every Olympic season, many people from all over the world travel to attend the Olympics.
If you are lucky enough to be one of the people traveling to attend the Olympics, be proactive and travel smart so that you can stay bed bug free this Olympic season.
Here are some important bed bug travel precautions you should consider:
(1) Check online hotel reviews and make sure there are no recent bed bug reports where you are staying.
(2) Look into anti-bedbug travel products such as bed bug free luggage liners and laundry bags.
(3) Peel back hotel bed sheets to check for bed bugs.
(4) If possible, remove the headboard and examine there for signs of bed bugs.
(5) Check the walls, drawers and nightstands around the bed area for those same bed bug signs.
(6) It’s a good idea to elevate suitcases off the ground because while bed bugs can crawl, they cannot jump.
(7) If you find bed bugs, notify the hotel staff immediately, because with all the travelers in Vancouver for the Olympics, infestations can spread awfully fast if left unchecked. Also, you’ll probably want a new room at that point.
(8) Lastly, when you leave the hotel, check your luggage for bed bugs, and launder all clothes upon returning home.