- HEALTH TRACKER
How to Avoid Bed Bugs on the Road
In the past decade since the outcry of bans against pesticides like DDT along with the increase of international tourism, bed bugs have increasingly become a problem in hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts and other travellers' accommodations. Here are some tips that can help you avoid bed bugs when you're travelling and on the road.
Before and after your trip
Before you unpack, check over the room and mattresses. Don't hesitate to ask for another room if you don't think the conditions are adequate -- especially if you find some bugs. Before you leave to return home, carefully check over your suitcase and bags while packing your things so that you make sure you're not bringing any of these little pests home.
Look for clues. It's disgusting, but it's true: looking for blood spots, feces, eggs, translucent shed skin and dead bedbugs is the best way to find out whether there are bed bugs around. These can be found in crevices like mattresses, box springs, linens, ceilings and floors. Do a thorough check of your hotel's bed and linens and if you're not convinced, ask for an allergen-free room.
Know thine enemy! Bedbugs survive by feeding on the blood of warm-blooded hosts -- like you and I. They are attracted by carbon dioxide and blood. Most bed bugs can live for about 18 months without feeding but they usually go looking for a meal every 5 to 10 days, or once a week. When they decide to go for a "meal" they usually come out during the late evening or about an hour before dawn, but rarely during the day ... another reason why it's good to wake up early. Good luck!