The recent surge in bedbug infestation worldwide has caused distress for homeowners and travelers alike. These minuscule pests, scientifically known as Cimex lectularius, are notorious for their nocturnal habits and ability to hide in the smallest of crevices. As reported by Today, bedbug infestation have so far been reported across countries such as France, South Korea and United Kingdom. Here in Singapore, pest control has reported an increase in infestation and expect more to come (Channel News Asia).
In this article, we will explore where bedbugs typically hide and discuss effective prevention strategies for travelers.
Where do Bedbugs hide
Bedbugs are elusive creatures that prefer to stay close to their hosts, typically humans, for easy access to blood meals. Contrary to popular belief, these pests don’t just reside in beds; they can be found in various hiding spots throughout homes and hotels. Common locations include: mattresses and box springs, seams and cushions of sofas and chairs, clothing and luggage as well as cracks and crevices.
Preventing Bedbug Bites While Traveling
- Inspect Your Accommodations: Before settling into a hotel room or rental property, thoroughly inspect the mattress, headboard and chairs. Use a flashlight to illuminate dark corners where bedbugs may hide.
- Keep Luggage Elevated: Avoid placing luggage on beds or floors. Instead, use luggage racks or keep your bags on hard, smooth surfaces. This reduces the likelihood of bedbugs hitching a ride.
- Seal Your Belongings: Use plastic zip-top bags to seal clothing and other items in your luggage. This adds an extra layer of protection against potential bedbug infestations.
- Spray Luggage with Insect Repellent: Before returning home, thoroughly spray luggage with insect repellent spray to prevent bringing any nasty bugs home
- Wash and Dry Clothes on High Heat: Upon returning home, immediately wash and dry your travel clothing on the highest heat settings. Bedbugs cannot survive high temperatures, and this will eliminate any hitchhikers.
Pack a Bottle of Insect Repellent Spray
A wise precaution for every traveler is to pack a handy insect repellent to ward off these unwanted travel companions. However, not all insect repellents are created equal. Ensuring the repellent is effective against bedbugs is a proactive step to safeguarding your travel experience.
Approved by The National Environment Agency, Zappy Insect Repellent Spray is tested and proven to be effective in repelling insects including bedbugs. It is odorless and at 50ml, is compact enough to fit seamlessly into your luggage.
Before embarking on your next adventure, make it a point to include a handy insect repellent in your packing checklist.