In our upcoming EcoReporter segment, we will be discussing the recent outbreak of bed bugs in Paris and providing tips on how to prevent bringing them back home after traveling abroad. The outbreak of blood-sucking bed bugs in Paris has caused concern among travelers, with reports of sightings on train seats, hotels, hospitals, and cinemas. Many fear that these pests have made their way to Australia as well.
Bed bugs are attracted to body heat and the carbon dioxide in expired air, which is how they find their hosts. To prevent bringing bed bugs back home after a holiday, there are several simple things you can do. First, wash all your clothes in a hot water cycle upon arriving home. If you stayed at a hotel or any other place with bed bugs, it is important to put all your belongings, including your bag, in a hot wash and then a hot dryer. If something is too big to fit in the washing machine, you can put it in a plastic bag and leave it in the sun to heat up.
It’s important to note that bed bugs can hide in cracks and crevices of furniture, not just fabrics. If you find bed bugs in your home, using a steamer to methodically steam everything can be an effective way to handle the pesky insects. Steam can also be used to treat carpets. However, if you are struggling to get rid of an infestation, it is recommended to hire a professional pest controller. There is a national code to treat bed bugs, so make sure to choose a licensed and reputable company.
Bed bugs are hitchhikers and can crawl but not jump. It is advised not to sit down on public transport if you suspect there may be bed bugs. Bed bugs are not necessarily a cleanliness issue; they can be found in various environments. It is important to be aware of tell-tale signs of bed bugs, such as blood spots. They can be found in the cracks of mattresses, folds of cushions, and underneath cushions on lounges. The white things you may see are eggs, and the yellow things are shells of bed bugs, as they molt in between each lifecycle stage to grow bigger.
Dealing with bed bugs can make you feel paranoid, as they can make you feel like you’re constantly itching and scratching. If you suspect a bed bug infestation, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional pest controller. They can help you effectively treat the problem and provide peace of mind.
Overall, it is important to take precautions to prevent bringing bed bugs back home after traveling. By following these simple tips, you can minimize the risk of a bed bug infestation and protect your home and belongings.