There’s definitely an art to travelling well and you often learn little secrets along the way. But there’s one thing that each location has in common no matter where you’re travelling to… pests!
Don’t worry though as we have compiled a list of prevention tips to help keep bed bugs and mosquitoes away whilst travelling to help ensure you have the time of your life and not let nasty encounters put a downer on your holiday.
Common pests when travelling
Depending on which location you are visiting, some of the common pests that you might encounter whilst you are on holiday may include:
- Bed Bugs
When it comes to travelling, bed bugs are the main culprits that can ruin your holiday.
The high amount of human traffic in accommodation facilities (hotels, hostels and lodges) helps bed bugs spread like wildfire; hitching a free ride back to your home in your luggage!
Bites from mosquitoes can become the bane of your existence, particularly if they become really itchy. They are another type of pest commonly found on holiday, particularly if you are travelling to a hot destination. Unfortunately, mosquitoes thrive in warm climates and breed in still water.
The biggest risk when travelling is catching pest-borne diseases from biting insects, such as ticks and mosquitoes, particularly if you are visiting subtropical areas of the world. These include but are not limited to Dengue fever, Malaria and Zika virus from mosquitoes and Typhus and Spotted Fevers, even paralysis from ticks.
How to prevent pests when travelling
A handful of simple and easy prevention techniques that to help prevent pests from any species no matter where you are on holiday include:
Before you travel, conduct some light research to discover which pests you could expect to encounter (if any) in the new location. Find out what species are common and if there are any supplies you need to take with you.
No one wants to be littered with insect bites, particularly those from a mosquito! Remember to pack insect repellent and following the product instructions for application.
Remove temptation for pests by keeping your accommodation clean by:
- Wiping up food and drink spillage
- Removing uneaten food
- Emptying bins regularly
- Cleaning down kitchen benches and surfaces.
Inspect your hotel room
Upon arrival, check your holiday space for pests in the following locations:
- Bed frames, cabinets and other furniture
- Skirting boards
- Windows and door frames
- Bathroom areas and kitchens, particularly drains and bins.
Chat with your doctor
Speaking to a medical professional is highly recommended before travelling, especially if you are visiting subtropics. They will be able to provide you with local information and any specific injections to help prevent pest-borne diseases.
In places where vector disease risk is high, ensure that both windows and your bed come fitted with an insect net.
If you are a natural explorer and seek adventurer, pack insect nets into your backpack and cover your tent or means of shelter.
Avoid certain times of the day
Discover which pests love to inhabit your favourite holiday destination and with some light research, ensure you do not encounter these annoying creatures.