Travel is wonderful for the mind, body, and soul, and pests are probably the furthest thing from your mind during a vacation. But unfortunately, insects, rodents, and pests of all kinds exist bar beyond our backyards and all over the world.
Pests look differently and affect us differently based on where we travel, which means that you might not even be familiar with pests that live in your vacation destination. Here are some common pest-related questions that people ask while they’re on vacation and how you can avoid pests while traveling.
Where Do Cockroaches Come From?
Cockroaches are another pest that travelers may encounter on vacation. These pests gravitate towards warm and humid places that are near food and water sources. This is why you’ll often find cockroaches in the kitchen, in food storage areas, and near sinks. It is fairly easy to accidently transport cockroaches from where you’re staying on vacation back to your home. In fact, these pests are considered to be “hitchhikers” and can even find their way into your home via luggage or grocery bags. Avoid cockroaches while traveling by keeping your luggage zipped and off the floor and keeping food out of your suitcase.
What Diseases Do Rats Carry?
Rats live in many different environments, so you may encounter them during city trips, countryside getaways, and backwoods escapes. Rats pose a danger to humans because they can carry diseases like salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and E. coli. Rats can also pass pathogens onto humans if they are infested with fleas or ticks. Avoid rats while traveling by inspecting your vacation room upon arrival and stowing food away in sealed containers.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
One of the most common pests that you may encounter while traveling is the bed bug. Bed bugs live in hotels, hostels, cabins, and pretty much everywhere that there is a high turnover of different people sleeping in the same place. Not only can bed bugs cause itchy bites and red marks, but they also cause mental anguish and sleepless nights. Bed bugs typically occur in clusters or in a line of three, five, or more bites. These bites are red and can appear on the skin immediately or take a week or more to show up. Avoid bed bugs while traveling by using metal luggage racks, using plastic bags to pack clothing and shoes, and examining your bedding when you arrive to a new place.
Best Tips for How to Prevent Zika?
Zika has also been a major cause of concern for travelers in recent years. This disease is mostly spready by mosquitoes and can cause serious birth defects in babies. To prevent Zika, wear insect repellant with DEET or picaridin, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts when visiting a region with a Zika risk. Also, sleep in rooms with air conditioning, rooms with door and window screens, or a bed net for outdoor spaces while you travel.
If Your Vacation Pests Follow You Home Call Precise Pest Control
Pests are never enjoyable, whether on vacation or while in the comfort of your own home. For cockroach control, rat control, and mosquito control call Precise Pest Control at 866-971-2847 or contact us online!