Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Its probably at the top of any traveler’s list of nightmare scenarios – staying in a hotel room with bed bugs. Unfortunately, its quite common, even at 4 and 5 star properties around the world.

As adults, the idea of bed bugs crawling under the sheets is even more horrifying than our childhood fears of monsters under the bed. These critters are real – and they are not going away!

So how can you avoid bed bugs? What can you do to treat a bed bug bite? What are the signs that there are bed bugs in your room?

Having just returned from a trip where I encountered the pests first hand, I’ve got some tips for you…. If you dare!

What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are tiny insect parasites that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals – including humans. Adult bed bugs are about 1/4 inch long, small (yet visible to the naked eye) and wingless. They range in color from white to tan to deep brown. After feeding, they may appear to have a dark black center within their body. But the average person may find it difficult to find the pests simply by looking. They hide in cracks and crevices and avoid coming out in sunlight.

We don’t know them by their scientific name, Cimex lectularius (Cimicidae), but rather as “bed bugs” because they make their homes in our living spaces, burrowing into bed mattresses, sofas, and pillows. As a traveler, you are likely to encounter bed bugs in hotel rooms, cruise ships, hostels and other shelters.

Just what you want on your vacation, right?

Bed Bugs – YUCK!

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