Earlier this month I was fortunate to travel to the south of Spain with a few friends. We stayed in Puerto Banus which is located just west of Marbella and is famous for an amazing blend of expensive yachts, fast cars, stunning beach clubs and designer shops.
Since joining Rentokil Initial, I’ve become increasingly wary of the various ways in which pests could or even have affected me on a day to day basis and with bed bug issues becoming more and more prevalent in hotels, I had to be on red alert.
So what are Bed bugs exactly?
Bed bugs are tiny (approx 8mm), reddish-brown nocturnal creatures that prey on unsuspecting humans and animals by feeding on their blood with the insertion of their long beaks into the skin. They tend to target ankles, face, hands, arms, neck, the lower half of the body, or places where flesh is exposed.
Their bites can result in an allergic reaction, with some people tending to react more strongly while others may never react regardless of the number of times they are bitten. Most people are unaware they are being bitten because bed bugs cleverly numb the pain whilst biting by injecting an anaesthetic through their saliva. Such infestations have also been known to cause victims to suffer from iron and/or haemoglobin deficiencies due to the loss of blood.
How & where?
Despite being wingless, bed bugs are experts of transportation and can move from one house to another in furniture, clothing, laundry, and a variety of other ways but will not travel directly on a person. Once succeeding in trespassing, bed bugs can hide almost anywhere. As one might gather, they tend to congregate in and around the bed, hiding in the mattress, box springs, and sheets, but they can also be located in the cracks, crevices, seams, and folds of various materials as well as behind the baseboards, under furniture, and even behind wallpaper.
Bed Bug Prevention
Should you be unfortunate enough to discover the little critters in the areas listed above whilst on holiday, there are various measures one could take to minimise potential spread and continued onslaught at home. You’ll be happy to know that it is unnecessary to discard all luggage and contents after the discovery of an infestation; the secret is to collate and contain all suspected items in a plastic bag until they can be laundered, washed by hand, heated or frozen.
- Report infestation to management and/or owner of the hotel
- Prohibit access to the room
- DO NOT remove anything from the room
- If the room has recently been cleaned, the vacuum cleaner must immediately be removed from the accommodation area. Preferably outside, or on a hard floor, the bag must be emptied and the inside of the machine checked for infestation. Any other pieces of equipment that have been used in that room prior to the notification of the problem must be thoroughly checked for any signs of infestation
Still have some doubts?
If you are still concerned about bed bugs becoming an increasing problem in your home, do not hesitate to contact us for further advice regarding bed bug control measures. We’re more than happy to help!
For further reading check out our Bed Bug Guide.