Avon Pest Control will try to give some basic pest control travel advice in this article. Summer is just around the corner and many families will be taking vacations or holidays across the UK and abroad. Whether for corporate junkets or much needed personal rest and relaxation, you must adhere to pest control travel advice in order to protect yourself and family while traveling.
In fact, pests are the only constant in personal or family vacations – no matter where you are traveling. Here are some of the most common pests you are sure to encounter on your travels:
- Bed Bugs
- Rodents and vermin
Pest Control Travel Advice – Bed Bugs
When it comes to summer holidays, bed bugs can truly ruin your family, business or personal vacation. As you may know, bed bugs congregate on hotel and motel mattresses, box springs and bedding accessories. Whether staying at hostels or one of the new ‘bNb’ venues, bed bugs can truly spread like wildfire – and are often the result of high levels of human traffic at worldwide accommodation and hospitality venues.
With this in mind, make sure to order clean sheets, pillow cases, pillows and bedding for you and your loved ones.
This will prevent germs – but since bed bugs can be hard to detect due to their microscopic size – you must speak to the hotel about their pest control and fumigation services.
Pest Control Travel Advice – Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are as dangerous as they are annoying. These buzzing critters love to feed on blood – and carry infection diseases like Malaria.
Mosquito bites can also itch for days, and it’s important to apply soothing creams or typical solutions to reduce the pain and swelling.
When traveling, it is important to carry insect – mosquito repellent at all times.
Simply apply the repellent on your arms, legs, neck and even clothes to keep these pests away.
Travel Advice Pest-borne Diseases
One of the biggest risks when traveling is pest-borne diseases.
No truer is this than when it comes to biting insects – like mosquitoes, flies, wasps and hornets.
You also need to look out for small ticks and mites, which mainly attack domesticated pets like dogs and cats.
Still, if you are taking your pets with you -make sure they have their flea and tick prevention collars on.
Also have look at our article here, which gives advice on how to protect your pets against these pest.
Similarly, you can spray dog and cat-friendly repellent on your pets, while continuing to use insect repellent for yourself and your loved ones as well.
Make sure to research which insects are prevalent in the areas you are traveling to – especially for sub-tropical regions, cities, towns and countries.
Research is Important
As mentioned above, research is important when traveling domestically or abroad.
This includes reading blog posts and articles, along with accessing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. They offer essential tips on which bugs and pests are present in countless countries, regions and areas across the world. From insect repellent to checking your clothes and attire – it is important to try and remain pest-free as possible at all times!
Staying clean with proper hygiene is another great way to prevent pest infestation in your clothes and rooms. Here are some vital tips on preventing cockroaches, rodents, ants, and flies from ruining your family’s summer vacation:
- Clean up all food and drink spillage – never leave crumbs or containers open. This attracts pests of all types to feed, breed, carry and spread germs.
- Throw away all uneaten, unwanted or discarded food. Never leave these foods out in the open on desks, chairs or beds.
- Ensure your hotel, motel and bNb garbage bins are not overflowing and make sure room service empties them regularly.
- Wipe down your hotel kitchen counters and surfaces with water and paper towels – or handy wipes.
Inspect your Hotel Room
It’s also important to inspect your hotel room for bugs and pets.
This includes kitchens, along with bedroom and living rooms. Also check around bed frames, cabinets and other accessories.
For more information on our pest control services or for more advice when traveling simply contact us on 01926 632 929.