Pests Can Suck The Fun Out Of Spring BreakNPMA Staff
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Every spring, millions of Americans plan vacations during their
annual Spring Breaks. The National Pest Management Association
(NPMA) reminds those travelers that the best way to prevent pests
and bed bugs from
ruining their trips is through preparation and awareness.
"Everyone looks forward to escaping to warmer climates during
Spring Break," noted Missy Henriksen, vice president of public
affairs for the NPMA. "However, many travelers forget that whether
visiting the tropics or cities in the US, they must be vigilant to
avoid bringing pest-related illnesses and issues home with
While bites may seem inevitable, mosquitoes can leave behind
more than just an itchy welt. Travelers in tropical areas are
susceptible to contracting mosquito-borne diseases, like West Nile
virus and Dengue Fever, both reportedly on the rise in the US as
well as South America, Mexico and the Caribbean islands.
Travelers must also take steps to prevent bed bugs from hitching
rides home with them in luggage and clothing. The
2011 Bugs Without Borders survey found a significant increase
in the prevalence of bed bugs in public places, including
hotels/motels and college dorms.
To remain pest-free both during and after Spring Break, NPMA
offers the following tips:
- Use insect repellant containing EPA-registered active
ingredients like DEET or Picaridin.
- Limit time outdoors or wear long sleeves and pants during dusk
and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- If bitten by a mosquito, clean the area thoroughly, avoid
scratching, and apply anti-itch cream.
- To inspect a hotel room for bed bugs, pull back bed sheets,
inspect mattress seams, box springs, headboards, sofas and chairs
for telltale brownish or reddish spots, shed skins or bugs.
- Avoid putting luggage on beds or upholstered furniture and
store it in a plastic bag.
- Once home, inspect and vacuum suitcases before bringing them
inside. Wash and dry all clothes on hot.
For more information, please
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