Bed Bug Awareness For Travelers
If you are planning to travel, it is worth increasing your awareness about bed bugs. It is all too easy to carry bedbugs to your home or office where they continue to infest the environment.
Bed Bug Authority Canada has put together the following information to increase public awareness about bed bugs while traveling. To protect yourself, your family, your coworkers, and your friends, take this time to learn about how the infestations spread throughout Canada and other countries.
What You May Not Know About Bed Bugs
- Did you know that a bed bug doesn't have to feed in order to survive? They can literally go up to a year without food.
- One single female bed bug can infest an entire building.
- Some resistant bed bug strains need pesticide concentrations of 1,000 times more concentrated.
- It takes only 6-10 days for the eggs to hatch and the nymphs to search for a blood meal.
- Bed bugs easily spread on clothing, suitcases, and other personal belongings.
- Bed bugs are found literally everywhere, behind paper, in drawers, on furniture, and ceilings
Be Aware Of How To Spot Bed Bugs
When traveling, it's important to look for visible signs of bedbugs in the upholstery of the airplane seats all around you. Also check the bedding and upholstered chairs of the hotel room or condo you are staying in. Look for these signs:
- Dark or reddish stains on sheets or upholstery from crushed bugs
- Tiny eggs about 1mm in size
- Pale yellow shedded skin shells from nymphs
- Live bed bugs about this size: •
Bed bug infestations go unnoticed all the time, so throughout your travels, look for the signs. You may not realize how easily bed bugs can spread by traveling. They can also quickly spread from people's homes and workplaces to other places.
By being more aware about bed bugs while traveling and being ever watchful for infestations, you can avoid being bitten as well as carrying the infestation back to your home and family.