Seeing all the headlines about Paris’ bed bug resurgence can make travel planning a bit nerve-wracking. These little bloodsuckers are reported to be crashing hotels, homes and even hopping on public transport throughout Europe!
So, we’ve got some easy tips and tricks to help you avoid bed bugs when travelling. Stay stress-free with our guide to battling the bed bug invasion.
How Bed Bugs Spread
Bed bugs don’t have wings, so they’re slow movers, and that’s why infestations tend to move slowly. But they have a knack for travelling on your clothes, bedding and furniture and they’re sneaky enough to stow away in your luggage. Rather than moving directly from one place to another by latching directly onto people like lice do, bed bugs choose to hitch a ride on your clothes and belongings.
Contrary to what you might think, bed bugs aren’t attracted to dirt and filth; they’re all about warmth, blood and carbon dioxide. That’s why they thrive in dim spots where people hang out for extended periods. Hotel rooms are a hotspot for these critters, but they can also pop up in more unexpected places, like planes, train seats, buses and rental cars, although that’s less common.
Tips To Avoid Bed Bugs When You Travel
Before setting out on your travels, you can put in place some easy measures to avoid bed bugs and prevent them from tagging along and hitching a ride back home.
Here are some tips on how to avoid bed bugs before your travels:
1. Before You Travel
2. Avoid Bed Bugs on Your Holiday
To steer clear of bed bugs on your holiday, be sure to kick things off with a room inspection as soon as you arrive at your hotel. Don’t be fooled by appearances; a bed bug infestation has little to do with cleanliness so you could equally find bed bugs in a two star motel or five star luxury hotel.
Pay extra attention to the bed sheets; look for brown or red marks. Watch out for the young bed bugs (just 1.6 mm), the adult bugs (about 5-9 mm), cast-off skins and those telltale poo spots.
Here are some top tips on how to avoid bed bugs while on holiday:
3. When You Get Home
Despite all the careful steps you’ve taken, there’s always a chance that a sneaky bed bug might have tagged along in your luggage.
Here’s how to treat your luggage and avoid bed bugs once you’re back home:
Avoid Bed Bugs and Have a Stress Free Holiday
All the news about bed bugs in Europe may be unnerving, but don’t let it deter you from a good ol’ holiday. With a few precautionary measures and vigilance, you can avoid bed bugs and enjoy your travels critter-free. And remember, if you ever encounter these unwanted guests, don’t hesitate to inform the hotel manager right away – it can spare fellow travellers from a similar predicament.