Bed Bugs Biting Travelers

Guest Author: Nathalie Pludwinski
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Bed bugs are becoming a widespread problem, especially for travelers. Pest control companies have received 81 percent more bed bug calls since 2000, and surveys say that 67 percent of pest control companies have attended to bed bug cases in hotels and motels.

Although the majority of infestations have been in hotels and motels, bed bugs reside in houses, laundry facilities, apartments, condos, single-family homes, movie theaters, and even four-and five star resorts. While infestations are often irritating and unpleasant, bed bugs are not known for transmitting disease/ However, bed bug bites may cause itching and allergic reaction in some people.

Researchers have labeled increased travel as a main factor for the rapid rise of bed bug infestations. A bed bugs natural way of survival is feeding off of human blood, and therefore as people are on the move, so are bed bugs in search of a “snack”.

bedbug infestation on mattressWhile travelers fear encountering bed bugs upon arrival to a hotel room, sanitation problems are not usually the cause. The American Hotel and Lodging association makes it very clear that the issue does not relate to cleanliness. According to the association, hotels should conduct regular pest control inspections. They also advise hotel staff to conduct daily inspection of linens, mattress and box spring seams, headboards and bedding. Traces of bed bugs can be discovered by looking for signs of the pests, and by finding spots of dried blood or excrement.

Travelers should take precautions; such as performing a brief check of certain places in the room, such as the mattress and the headboard. For clothing protection, upholstered furniture and drawers where clothes can be stored should be checked as well. During this quick inspection, guests are advised to keep luggage in the bathroom, because infestations will less commonly occur in hard surfaced areas.

Upon returning home, all clothing, even unworn, should be washed in hot water, and suitcases with signs of bugs should be vacuumed and lined with bed bug proof encasements. Home remedies and other bedbug encasement products can also be purchased for full protection.

There is no need for bed bugs to travel home with you. There is a solution; in fact, there are many, and some more top bed bug travel prevention tips can be found in a single click!

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