The Rentokil Blog UK

Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite!

    

bed bugAccording to the press there is officially a bed bug epidemic. Not only in hotels, motels and hostels, but in high end stores and businesses too, no one is exempt from these wee creatures. The USA is having a tough time dealing with them, and with every new day comes a new bed bug invasion story. ‘Bed bugs really are taking over the country’, ‘Critter Crisis. The Bed Bug Epidemic’ and ‘Bed bug panic in New York!‘.

This has got me wondering what we are actually dealing with here. Apple seed sized bugs or an Alien invasion? In true American style we have been exposed to overly dramatic titles and scare mongering tactics that will have the entire population fretting over the possibility of being the next victim. In my search for information I even came across a bed bug registry. The site asks people in the US to log bedbug problems and they are then plotted on a map. Apparently the site has seen a large peak in traffic since the US Bed Bug epidemic with many people becoming far warier of the little critters.

Do you check for bed bugs in hotel bedrooms when you travel?While here in the UK we have not seen quite the same velocity of bed bugs we must be wary that at any stage this could happen to us. I already know of people I work with who will do a thorough bed bug inspection of a hotel room, while their bags sit in the bath tub, before allowing their family to use the room.

I also have to admit, I have done a quick online search of the hotels I am in staying while in Italy at the end of the month, to check there is no bed bug history. Before the latest American crisis I was not concerned about bed bugs at all – or perhaps this was just because I wasn’t working for a pest control company. Despite this, I really don’t fancy touring around Rome with bites on my legs and may even go as far as conducting my own inspection of the room when I arrive.

I think we can be sure that from here on in, bed bug prevention/treatments are going to play a huge role in the business reputation particularly that of hotels, motels and hostels. Once the public becomes concerned regarding an issue, it doesn’t necessarily pass by quickly and we can be sure that anyone directly affected by bed bugs is going to take great measures to prevent it happening again.

For now I will continue my search on Italian Hotels and will be sure to post an update should I encounter these little critters on my journey. Who knows, I may even be tempted to start up a UK bed bug registry.

This entry was posted in Bed Bugs. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

2 Comments

  1. Pest Control London
    Posted August 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    When i stay at hotels i always check the bed for Bed Bugs, they are a nightmare!

  2. Marie
    Posted September 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    It is crazy how such a small bug can cause such a big problem. I have yet to come across any while traveling, but have found some great bed bug prevention trips when traveling to aid me on all future trips. I think some people may take it to an extreme, but it of course does not hurt to check the bed. Although it seems like the most important thing to do is keeping your clothes tidy, as the bed bugs will attach to your clothing, get packed up, and then invade your space when you unpack.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  • Need some advice?

    Talk to one of our experts:

    For your Home

    0800 218 2210

    For your Business

    0800 917 1989