Cleankill Managing Director Paul Bates said: “Bed bugs are a huge problem in the US and Canada as well as other countries and it is only a matter of time before the problem gets worse over here.
“Fifteen years ago we received very few calls to deal with bed bugs but as air travel has increased, along with more students backpacking across continents during their gap year, so have bed-bug problems. The creatures often find their way into luggage and back packs while people are holidaying in budget accommodation. Then they are brought back home to the horror of the parents.
“But unlike many other pests, bed bugs do not care if their accommodation is a back-street bedsit, or a millionaire’
Director of Best Bunk Beds Max Letek added: “‘Compared with more expensive hotels, people assume hostels are more likely to have bed bugs but there’s no solid data to support the idea of hostels having a higher incidence of bed bugs than high-end hotels at all. This is because bed bugs are an exposure pest and have nothing to do with sanitation.
“The only truth in suggesting buzzing youth hostels might be more prone to bed bug outbreaks than anywhere else is simply due to the sheer density of people coming from all around the world - all of whom may be sharing a single dorm room. It’s simple maths. If 12 backpackers are sleeping in one room, there are 12 chances for bugs to hop off one backpacker’s stuff, and onto another.”’
A single adult bed bug can live for up to a year without feeding as they go into a dormant state. Once feeding regularly, however, the female will lay up to 500 eggs in a couple of months. Treatment involves turning beds upside down, shaking curtains, moving wardrobes and treating adjoining rooms. If a hotel room is infested, the accommodation on the next floor up and the floor below must be treated. A different insecticide has to be used on each visit as bed bugs have built up resistance to some chemicals.
Cleankill was recently called in to deal with a problem at a four-star London hotel after a group of swimwear models who were staying there before the next morning’s photoshoot woke to find themselves covered in bites. The photoshoot had to be cancelled and the hotel had to pay compensation to the company concerned.
Customers are also starting to sue premises owners after being bitten. In August 2011, two sisters were awarded £2,300 after being bitten during a stay in a London hotel. Earlier this year a jumbo jet had to be grounded after a passenger was bitten by bed bugs.
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