Vacations are supposed to be relaxing and care-free, but sometimes pests can interrupt the fun or cause problems afterward. Developing good habits when travelling can help to eliminate some of these potential problems. Let’s take a look at some of the most common pest problems associated with travelling.
Some of the most notorious travel-related pests are bed bugs. They are known as the hitchhikers of the animal world and regularly stow away in luggage and clothing. If you bring bed bugs home from your vacation, they could start a full-blown infestation that may cost large amounts of time, energy, and money to fix. You can prevent bed bugs during travel by doing the following things:
- Carefully check hotel rooms before you settle in. Check areas like mattresses, bedding, nightstands, and carpet around the bed for live bugs or black spots of feces.
- Use luggage stands when possible. Placing suitcases and clothing on the bed or the floor makes it easier for bed bugs to enter.
- When you return home from vacation, wash and dry your clothing as soon as possible. The heat will kill any bed bugs that might have come home with you.
Roaches are another type of pest that regularly spread through travel in much the same way as bed bugs. Roaches like to hide in dark, warm places like luggage and boxes. They will also eat almost anything, so things like food crumbs, toiletries, sweat, and hair can attract them. Once inside your packages or luggage, they will hide until they arrive at your home, where they will seek out a new place to live. Roach infestations can spread disease and cause allergies and asthma, so prevention is the best strategy. Do these things to prevent roaches when travelling:
- Keep luggage off the ground
- Store all food properly
- Clean regularly to prevent crumbs
- Examine all of your luggage and items after returning home
- Wash your clothing immediately to kill any stowaways
Mosquitoes can be troublesome pests while on vacation, but in a much different way than bed bugs and roaches. They do not travel home with you, but if you are unprepared while on vacation and are bitten, the consequences could be long-lasting. Mosquitoes are the most deadly animals on earth. They kill millions of people every year because they spread diseases like malaria, dengue fever, West Nile Virus, and many more. Vacations tend to be problematic because people may not have the necessary prevention items or because they aren’t thinking about mosquitoes since they may be in a different type of climate than usual. To prevent mosquitoes, make sure you do the following things:
- Remember to apply repellent, especially one that contains DEET or picaridin
- Avoid being outside during the hours of dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Keep your arms, legs, and feet covered when in areas with lots of mosquitoes
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