Insect Tag Along: Bugs from Abroad

Insect Tag Along: Bugs from Abroad

Bed bugs are fast-moving, little animals that are commonly present in houses. They can also live in other places like hospitals, hotels, inns and even on buses and trains. Their presence can lead to various negative effects to people and items, the reason why they need to be avoided when traveling.

Bedbugs are some of the most commonly known pests. Decades ago, it was believed that they have already been perminetly eradicated with the help of a chemical. However, such claim was proven false when signs of their infestation showed in the recent years. And this time, it seems that they are infesting more and more places.

The widespread pest infestation mainly because of the increase in travel internationally and domestically. Consequently, you cannot be infected by their negative effects; it is important to get them eliminated or to, at least, avoid their infestation. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t travel but instead be careful.

As has been earlier said, the pests can be almost anywhere, and since you can’t get rid of bed bugs immediately when you travel, you should know what to do to prevent getting them following you back home. Whether you are going in a place where their presence had been confirmed or not, you should take precautions. The following are some that you can do to prevent contact with the said bugs.

  • Travel light – This means you should bring only the things that you will need, and if possible, bring only those that can be laundered. The more things you have when traveling, the more items to which the pests can hide.

  • Check the background of the hotel you will be staying in – The web can be a very good source as incidents of the said pests’ infestation are usually reported online.

  • Check the room before settling – Wherever you will be staying, dorm, hotel or inn, be sure to check on your room. Do not let your luggage in yet. Check the bed, closet, wall decors and even curtains for any sign of the bugs. If you have found any symptom of their infestation, get the manager and make sure that they eliminate bed bugs or transfer to another room.

  • Keep your luggage on a luggage rack. Avoid placing your travel bags on the bed or floor; for those are areas where they hide the most. However, before putting your luggage on a luggage rack, check the luggage rack carefully to make sure that it is bed-bug free.

  • Before choosing your hotel, click on to your hotel’s website and check out the comments made by those who stayed there. Often, there is feedback on the hotel such as how clean it is, what the service is like, complaints made, etc. For more helpful information on your hotel-cleanliness, and such, check out TripAdvisor.com. If you find negative comments look into other hotels.

  • Use luggage that has hard sides. Bed bugs love the softness of cloth. To be extra cautious, keep most of your items-especially personal items-inside a Ziploc bag.

  • If you find bed bugs in your hotel room, ask to be transferred to another room.

  • Use a flashlight and look for live bed bugs. They often can be seen on the bed frame, night stands or behind the headboards. Be sure to check cracks and crevices where they often hide.

  • Wash luggage when you get back – Laundering the items that can be washed with hot water can get rid of bed bugs of all stages. Follow the washing with hot drying to make sure that they get eliminated. Be sure not to unpack your suitcase on your bed. Also, when you remove your clothes and put them quickly into a very large ziplock and leave them there until they can be washed. If, however, you encounter bed bugs be sure to call an exterminator in San Ramon right away!

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