Bed Bugs - Unwanted Summer Vacation SouvenirsNPMA Staff
Monday, June 7, 2010
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) issues a warning
to millions of Americans who plan to travel this summer - beware of
the bed bug. The NPMA has seen
a 71 percent increase in bed bug infestations since 2001, mainly
due to international travel. These "hitchhiking" pests can easily
travel home with people in their suitcases. While bed bugs do
not transmit diseases, their bites can become red, itchy welts.
"Travelers can unknowingly bring bed bugs into their homes,
giving the pests a new place to live and feed," said Missy
Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. "Bed bugs
multiply quickly and can be difficult to eliminate. We advise
travelers to keep a few bed bug prevention tips in mind to avoid
this most unwanted trip souvenir."
A bed bug infestation is not
a sign of unclean or unsanitary conditions. Bed bugs don't
discriminate and have been found in world class hotels and budget
properties alike and wealthy neighborhoods as well as less affluent
To prevent bed bug infestations, travelers should remember the
following tips and check
out this how-to video from NPMA:
- Pull back the hotel bed sheets and inspect the mattress seams,
particularly the corners, for telltale brownish or reddish
- Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking. Do not put
your luggage on the bed.
- If you change rooms, but choose to stay in the same
establishment, be sure your new room is not adjacent to the
possibly infested room.
- Use a large plastic bag to store your luggage.
- When you return home, inspect and vacuum your suitcases
thoroughly before bringing them into the house.
- Wash all your clothes - whether worn or not - in hot
- If you suspect a bed bug infestation, contact a licensed
For more information on bed bugs or to find a pest
professional, please visit: www.pestworld.org.
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's
commitment to the protection of public health, food and