The past few years there’s been a lot of talk about how bed bugs have become a global pest concern. In this blog, we’ll delve into why bed bugs have become such a problem worldwide, and how to can take steps to prevent bringing bed bugs into your home, especially when you travel.
The Globalization of Bed Bugs
There’s no denying that bed bugs have become a global problem that countries all over the world are struggling with. Both developed and developing nations are doing their best to combat bed bug infestations. Unfortunately travelling and globalization are only making the bed bug problem worse.
Some Interesting (and creepy!) Bed Bug Facts:
- 6 of the world’s 7 continents have significant bed bug populations. Only Antarctica remains bed bug free! Why? Because the climate is too cold for bed bugs to thrive.
- Increased mobility and travelling in the past few decades have made it easier for bed bugs to migrate. With the increase in world travel, people are taking along little bed bug stowaways, spreading the problem globally!
- In North America the bed bug population is larger than the cockroach population, and the termite population.
- If a person brings a single bed bug into a bed bug free environment, and that bed bug lays eggs, it can become a full-blown bed bug infestation in a matter of weeks.
What Can You Do To Stop Bed Bugs?
Travelling is one of the most common ways that homeowners bring back bed bugs. No one wants to give up their holiday travel plans, so let’s look at some precautions you can take to avoid bringing home bed bugs when you travel.
- Do Research. With helpful resources, such as the bed bug registry, available to you, make sure you learn a little about the places you visit before you go. If the hotel or resort you plan to visit has a recent bed bug infestation listed, consider booking somewhere else. Remember, bed bugs are a global problem, so don’t assume local hotels are exempt from having bed bugs.
- Use hard-sided luggage. It’s a small change, but it’s a lot more difficult for bed bugs to sneak into hard luggage than it is soft luggage. Just remember to keep it closed when you’re not using it!
- Inspect your room. Don’t ever assume your room is fine. Make sure to check under bedclothes, and inspect (areas around the bed, in particular) for bed bugs, their eggs, or the brownish bloodstains they leave behind. See our photo gallery for examples of what to look for.
- Check your belongings before you leave. Even if you don’t think bed bugs got to you during your vacation – it never hurts to be thorough! Some people don’t even realize they’re suffering from bed bug bites, because they don’t have a physical reaction.
With a little caution, it’s easy to avoid bed bugs and focus on enjoying your travels, instead.
If you believe you may have brought bed bugs back to your Toronto home, call Magical Pest Control at (905) 738-6676 or fill out our contact form for a free Toronto bed bug consultation. We’re a Toronto bed bug extermination company with years of experience eliminating bed bug problems. We’ll help you eliminate bed bugs from your home, and advise you on how to avoid bed bug problems in the future.