This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
They’re getting stronger.
Due to an increased immunity to insecticides, the dreadful curse of bed bugs is back in America and spreading. Experts believe that a new strain of bed bugs resistant to DDT — the insecticide not-so-commonly known by its full name, Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane — has developed in recent years.
Michael Potter, a professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky, told the Telegraph that the problem has been getting worse in recent years as products meant to exterminate bed bugs are simply not as effective as they once were. He also attributes some of the problems associated with bed bugs to less attentive travelers. “Back in the day, they knew to check beds when travelling or after people paid them a visit. Folks are so busy these days, bed bug prevention often takes a back seat to other pressing issues,” he said.
Some believe that the bed bugs have spread with travelers themselves, potentially by tagging along in luggage. After all, the unwelcome insects have made appearances on airlines, like last year’s British Airways flight incident in which a crew refused to fly on a plane allegedly visibly infested with bed bugs.
It goes without saying that bed bugs are not only a huge turn-off for travelers, but they can also be a quite scarring experience for anyone who comes face-to-face with them. Besides making people extremely squeamish and itchy — you’re probably itching yourself just reading this — owner of My Bed Bug Lawyer Brian Virag notes that bed bugs can also lead to allergic reactions, bleeding and scarring.
“There has been some really really bad stuff, even bed bugs harboring in people’s ears and laying eggs,” he shared. “Emotionally it has been nasty and in some cases humiliating.”
Whether you are trying to avoid picking up bed bugs during your travels or have an invasion of your own on your hands, read our comprehensive breakdown of how to avoid and deal with bed bugs while traveling. It’s always smart to check up on your prospective hotel’s track record and be aware of what to look for.
H/T: The Telegraph
Featured image by Joel Carillet via Getty Images.
Know before you go.
News and deals straight to your inbox every day.
NEW INCREASED OFFER: 60,000 points! With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 60,000 point sign up bonus worth up to $1,200 in value, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards