Unwanted neighbors: what you need to know about bedbugs to avoid ruining your vacation
A bed bug is a tiny, wingless insect, only 5 mm long, and looks like an apple seed. It is usually not easy to spot at first glance, and its bites are easily identified on the skin by the characteristic red bumps on exposed skin.
Although the bites of such parasites pose little or no threat to health, they do cause severe itching. The Straits Times told us how to avoid ruining your trip and prevent contact with bedbugs while traveling.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that the best way to prevent bed bugs is to regularly inspect your bedding for any signs of infestation. It is worth paying attention to seams, folds of luggage, overnight bags, folded clothes, and bedding. If contact is unavoidable, the CDC recommends avoiding scratching the bite area and applying antiseptic cream or lotion.
Aardwolf Pestkare, a pest control supplier in Singapore, says that bed bugs can be identified by the characteristic black spots left behind by insects. Additionally, there may also be clusters of bed bug exoskeletons on the linen, namely in sheets and pillows.
To avoid accidentally bringing bedbugs home from a trip, Aardwolf Pestkare recommends, "Consider using BugZip luggage shells, which can prevent bed bugs from entering your luggage. When returning home, luggage should be inspected and kept isolated from the bedroom."
In addition, PestBusters, a Singapore-based pest control company, advises travelers to wash their clothes in hot water for prevention. Hot water will help kill pests and their eggs. Also, hanging out laundry and clothes during the heat will help, as it irritates insects.