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Itching to Travel? Yeah, Bedbugs Are Too. . .

Because I'm a nice person, I made this picture small. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the bedbug that might just be hitching a ride back from your far-flung vacation destinations. Think I'm bugging out? I wish. Increased global travel has caused incidents of bedbugs to rise 40 percent in the UK — and it's not an isolated phenomenon. Discount airlines lure people to travel more, storing suitcases and clothes in tons of hotel rooms and bedbugs latch on from bedding and upholstery. The small blood-sucking creatures respond to body heat, leaving sufferers with itchy welts — and because the bugs can lay up to 4,000 eggs in a lifetime, they're apt to hang around, wherever their final destination.

To see what might be causing the flourishing critters,


One public advisory center said that conditions on an airplane are "absolutely right" for bedbugs to thrive, and the recent global events like the Olympics? You see where I'm going. After the 2000 Games, 95 percent of the hotel rooms in Sydney had at least one room infested. Oh, and don't think you can escape them by staying in swanky digs — according to one expert, "It is an exposure issue, not a cleanliness issue." So inspect your stuff closely before you bring any unintended souvenirs home. Shudder.


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Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Oh great - to see this right before my vacation
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
ok now i'm totally grossed out. we were talking about this a few months back (my coworkers and i) and we all decided that we will always be a bit more careful wehn we look in the rooms that we stay in when we travel cause it's just a gross and scary thing to think about. i have a major bug phobia and to think that it's a little out of my control - well that doesn't make me feel better. i'm already grossed out by airplanes and now this is another reason to fear it.
juju4 juju4 8 years
I have been paranoid about this for the past year or so. I had stayed at the Omni in San Diego (and paid $350+ for our room) and I had been bit by something, and then a week later heard about bed bug stories on the news. I haven't slept comfortably in a hotel room since!!!! The bad news is that they can be in any hotel, super luxury or the Motel 6. (Check to see if anyone mentions them in a review before you stay. It is distrubing to see how MANY hotels have bed bug reports.) The good news is that you can check your room for signs of bed bugs, and get a new room if you suspect they are there. They leave little red dots on the sheets, so check the sheets carefully and look for pink or red pin-prick sized dots. Also, check the headboard and under the matress. I can't even put a toe in a hotel bed unless I go through my check. (My husband was cracking up at me when we stayed at the Venitian in Vegas on a cross-country trip, and I was literally lifting the entire matress to look for the little devils.) Also, keep all of your luggage zipped up when you are staying....don't leave it open or they will crawl in and come home with you. I can't wait for hotel managers to start getting liberal with the bug spray so this whole epidemic can be over!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Pink, did you have to get rid of everything? "Can any policy, however high minded, be moral if it leads to widespread corruption, imprisons so many, has so racist an effect, destroys our inner cities, wreaks havoc on misguided and vulnerable individuals and brings death and destruction to foreign countries?" Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize Winner, Economics
pinkmystic pinkmystic 8 years
:( I got bed bugs this summer at home. It was horrible... we finally got rid of them, but it took the whole summer!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
stephley, you're so right. It is always a fear when I travel, I do it so often. Just nasty. Someone at my old job had an infestation at her apartment. Months later she told I should move in her building. I just looked at her. The things I really wanted to say.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 8 years
Part of the problem is washing in cold water and drying on too low a heat (or air drying). Always wash sheets on hot if you are going to air dry or make sure you dry them on high.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
Yup, happened to me after staying in a Tampa hotel. Couldn't figure out why I was waking up with what I thought were mosquito bites until my friend told me it could be bed bugs. I was a bit offended for some reason but after a thorough inspection I found them, in the corner of my platform bed....about 10 of them!!! Also found a few in the the suitcase that I used for the trip.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I'm sitting here trying to eat my Subway this. :sick:
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
geebers geebers 8 years
Oh man gross...
stephley stephley 8 years
Haven't you given us enough to worry about this week???
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
So not what I wanted to read during my lunch break. Eww.
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 8 years
Nototally becuase of the bugs, but that was part of it. lol
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 8 years
I had a BF that had them and stayed the night at my house and transfered them to my place.... Luckily I found their spot before they really got anywhere or bit me. I then broke up with him!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I'm reporting this post to teamsugar.
desidesi desidesi 8 years
bedbugs are absolutely RAMPANT in our neighborhood. we've been very lucky so far *knocks on wood* i don't even sit on benches in subway stops because they've been found in some so gross, here are some tips to get keep them off your stuff when traveling: 1. When traveling, do not use suitcases: use soft-sided washable luggage. 2. If you suspect you have luggage that might be infested, run it through a dryer at 120-130 degrees.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 8 years
My grandma has vivid stories about bed bugs biting the crap out of her and her brothers. It is really gross. So what can we do to make sure we don't bring them home?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Ew! Not small enough.
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