The Uninvited Travel Souvenir: Bed Bugs and How to Keep Them at Bay
Ah, travel! The exotic landscapes, the unforgettable
experiences, and… bed bugs? Unfortunately, as many travellers discover, these
pesky critters have a knack for hitching a ride back to our homes. The last
thing anyone wants after an exhilarating trip is a bed bug infestation. Here’s
what you need to know about these unwanted stowaways and how you can prevent
them from turning your home into theirs.
The Problem with Bed Bugs
· Pervasive and Persistent: Bed bugs are a global issue which has recently come to light as a serious infestation in many of our favourite holiday destination. They can be found in hotel rooms, hostels, and even the cleanest of accommodations all around the world. Their tiny size and nocturnal nature make them difficult to spot. Once they’re in your home, they can be notoriously hard to get rid of.
· Not Just Beds: Despite their name, bed bugs don't just hide in beds. They can be in carpets, furniture, and luggage. They're attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale, making anywhere we rest a potential hotspot.
· Rapid Reproduction: Female bed bugs lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetime, leading to rapid infestations.
· Health Concerns: While not known to transmit diseases, bed bug bites can cause itching, allergic reactions, and sleepless nights. Moreover, the idea of bugs feasting on you as you sleep is hardly a comforting one.
Preventing Bed Bug Hitchhikers: Enter PMD Insect Repellent
PMD, short for para-menthane-3,8-diol, is a natural compound
derived from the Java Citronella in the form of Citrepel. It’s recognised for
its efficiency in repelling a variety of insects, and it’s a fantastic safe
alternative to DEET.
Benefits of PMD Insect
· Effective: PMD has been shown in studies to be effective against a range of biting insects, including bed bugs.
· Natural: For those looking for a natural repellent, PMD is plant-derived and offers a welcome alternative to nasty chemical-based repellents.
· Safe: When used as directed, PMD repellents are safe for both adults and children which chemical products can not offer.
Using PMD to Ward off Bed Bugs:
· Pre-travel Spray: Before packing, lightly spray your luggage, especially around zippers and seams. This can deter bed bugs from taking up residence in your belongings. THEYE Aerosol spray is perfect for this as the light mist is quick and easy to use for this.
· Hotel Precautions: Spray a small amount of PMD repellent on the bed and around the room, again THEYE Aerosol spray is perfect for this. particularly near sleeping areas. Be sure to check the room for any signs of bed bugs before settling in. Look for tiny black or rust-coloured spots on sheets, mattresses, and headboards.
· Post-travel Measures: Once home, launder all your clothes—even those you didn't wear—on the hottest setting appropriate for the fabric. For added security, you can lightly spray your suitcase with PMD repellent before storing it.
In conclusion, while the idea of bringing bed bugs home from
your travels is an unsettling one, it’s a risk that can be managed. By taking
precautions and arming yourself with effective repellents like PMD, you can
enjoy your adventures without the unwanted souvenirs. Safe travels!