Last week, seven prominent Las Vegas hotels, including Caesars Palace and MGM Grand, were identified to have bed bug issues, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
In the UK, there has been a significant rise in bed bug infestations, with a 65% increase reported by pest control company Rentokil. Similarly, France is dealing with these pests in one out of 10 households, despite nearly eradicating them in the 1950s.
New Zealand is not spared either. Trampers at the North Arm Hut on Stewart Island discovered bed bugs, described as the “toughest known to mankind”.
Professor James Logan, from the London School of Tropical Medicine, suggests the resurgence in travel after Covid lockdowns has aided the bugs in spreading. These insects might travel in people’s suitcases, and there’s growing concern they are becoming resistant to insecticides.
Bed bugs, primarily Cimex lectularius and Cimex hemipterus, are nocturnal creatures that feed on human blood. While their bites are not harmful, they can be itchy. They can live anywhere in a room, not just dirty places.
Experts advise travellers not to place bags directly on hotel floors, beds, or chairs, to prevent bringing these pests home. If you encounter bed bugs in a hotel, it’s recommended to notify the reception immediately.
If you suspect an infestation after returning home, washing your clothing at high temperatures can help eliminate the pests.