Bed bugs can easily hitch a ride with unsuspecting travelers. While hotels are the most commonly reported location for infestations, all sectors of the travel industry are susceptible. As you prepare for the busiest travel time of the year, there are a few things you can do to help you sleep tight and preserve your holiday cheer. The following information will help you identify, prevent and treat bed bug infestations.
Bed bugs are wingless, light brown to reddish-brown insects with flattened, oval-shaped bodies. Adult bed bugs are approximately one-fourth of an inch long, or about the size of an apple seed. They feed on blood and hide in cracks and crevices near their warm-blooded hosts. They can be found in furniture such as beds, couches, easy chairs, dressers and night tables, as well as electronic devices like alarm clocks and radios.
Infestations usually start when travelers bring bed bugs home in their luggage. Bed bugs are hard to get rid of because they are capable of living up to 12 months without a blood meal. Crowded transportation vehicles like trains, subways and taxies provide bed bugs with opportunities to move from place to place.
Bed bugs can be found just about anywhere, even in the nicest resorts and well-cleaned homes. By knowing how to spot, prevent and treat them, you will be thankful to arrive back home with happy memories rather than a holiday travel nightmare.