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TravelExperts Warn Travelers of Insecticide-Resistant Bed Bugs

01:21  04 january  2019
01:21  04 january  2019 Source:   travelpulse.com

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From? These pests have been around for a long, long time.

Bed bugs are developing resistance to two common insecticides , according to a new study in the Journal of Economic Entomology. Experts warn that many infestations can no longer be defeated with chemicals alone. The common bed bug , Cimex lectularius, has previously shown considerable.

Bed bugs are something that the people in the United States did not have to contend with for Some insecticides will kill the bugs on contact, some work by reaching into crevices where they live, and When dealing with bugs that are becoming more resistant to traditional methods of treatment, using

It's not all that uncommon for travelers to encounter bed bugs in their hotel room or even on their airplane seat as it turns out.

However, experts are now warning of a new strain of the annoying reddish-brown insects that have grown resistant to insecticides such as DDT.

Experts Warn Travelers of Insecticide-Resistant Bed Bugs© Getty Images PHOTO: Bed bug on a blanket. (photo via jluizmail/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

There's still some debate on what's caused the superbugs, but some experts believe the increase in the number of people traveling has played a role. More travelers with more luggage mean more opportunities for bed bugs to come along for the ride.

"They have been bad for some time here in the U.S." Michael Potter, a University of Kentucky professor of entomology—the study of insects and their relationship to humans—told The Telegraph. "In Europe and the U.K., it has been getting progressively worse."

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Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Bed bugs are experts at hiding. Their slim flat bodies allow them to fit into the smallest of spaces and stay there for long periods of time, even without a blood meal.

British Pest control expert Ranjen Gohri warned : " Bed bugs are becoming more and more common in the UK, and we’re close to approaching epidemic levels. The fungus - beauveria bassiana - killed between 95.5 and 99 per cent of all bed bugs within 14 days - even the insecticide resistant strains.

"It is becoming more difficult to kill them. The bugs are becoming incredibly resistant and we don’t have the potent, long-lasting products that were so effective years ago," Potter added. "People have also become less vigilant than they used to be. Back in the day, they knew to check beds when traveling or after people paid them a visit. Folks are so busy these days, bed bug prevention often takes a back seat to other pressing issues."

A woman recently sued the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California claiming that she was "absolutely butchered" by bed bugs back in April and others have filed similar lawsuits in wake of bed bug incidents.

A 2017 study released by pest specialists Orkin Pest Control found that hotels spend an average of $6,383 per bed bug incident and more than $23,000 per incident when litigation costs are taken into account.

Travelers are advised to thoroughly inspect the bed or beds in their hotel room after checking in by examining the seams and mattress corners. Guests should also keep their suitcases off the floor and away from the bed so bed bugs can't crawl inside and travel home with them.

Remember, bed bugs don't discriminate so no accommodations are totally immune.

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