A small insect the color of an apple seed is actually turning vacations into nightmares and giving U.S. travelers the willies each time they enter a hotel room. Cimex lectularius, the typical bed bug, returned to American shores in the suitcases of international travelers. Over the previous ten years this blood feeding parasite has been hitchhiking its way across the U.S. hidden in the luggage of large numbers of unsuspecting travelers. Spreading from New York City, the nation’s busiest international gateway, these insects have crept relentlessly across American to infest nearly all fifty states.
Over the past several years, bed bug infestations in the U.S. have increased by 500 %. The demand of bed bug exterminator has also increased. Researchers cite travel as the No.1 reason for bed bug spread and infestation. The New York City Department of Telecommunications and information Technology recently reported a fifty % boost in these pests complaints at hotels between 2009 and 2010. In heavily infested cities in Ohio, more than seventy % of hotels have battled bedbug infestations. Based on the NPMA 2010 Comprehensive Global Bed Bug Study conducted in conjunction with the Faculty of Kentucky, sixty seven % of 1,000 pest management firms surveyed reported treating bed bug infestations at a hotel or maybe motel in the previous twelve months.
These pests feast on human blood and aren’t attracted by dirt or maybe filth. “Bed bugs are actually brought into hotels by guests; it’s not a hotel sanitation issue,” the American Hotel and Lodging Association said in a statement. These pests are as apt to be discovered in a 5 star luxury hotel like a modest one star motel. And there is the rub for travelers. A hotel room which is actually bed bug free one evening could be infested the next. This insect doesn’t exist on humans. They crawl into beds to feed, then scurry away, hiding in crevices near beds until the new meal. Laptop computers and suitcases placed on the bed make perfect hiding spots for these pests. When travelers check out of an infested hotel room, a number of these pests will probably stow away in the luggage of theirs, creeping out at the following hotel to infest another room or perhaps, even worse, following travelers home.