The summer travel season is just around the corner and millions of Britons may find themselves sharing hotel rooms with unwanted guests, bad bed bugs.
And Mario Stanchev, a London-based pest control technician, has warned travelers that they are at risk of bringing the creatures home by accident, even when staying at five-star resorts.
But don't worry, Mario has revealed how you can put tease in their tracks, with tips to store your luggage in the bath and keep swimming goggles in the freezer. And he has also released a horrible video about bed bug to underline why following his advice is important.
A pest control expert warns travelers about bed bugs and how they run the risk of accidentally bringing the creatures home
He warned: & # 39; Do not assume that because you have booked a chic 5-star resort, you are safe for bedbugs – you will not do that.
& # 39; Even five-star retreats can have an outbreak, simply because bedbugs find a lift so easily with other tourists.
& # 39; If there are bed wounds, just walk out of the hotel and look elsewhere. & # 39;
This is very important for backpackers who often move from place to place and who are tempted to settle for simple accommodation. & # 39;
The skin-crawling video he released shows vacationers who ignored his advice and ended up teasing.
The first clip shows the creepy creatures hiding in someone's mattress, while the second clip is of critters crawling everywhere in the luggage that the tourist brought home from vacation.
To make sure you stay bug-free, here are Mario & # 39; s best bed bug bashing tips:
At the hotel
Mario, who works for the leading British company Fantastic Services, said: “My advice would be to take a flashlight and check the room before you take your luggage with you. & # 39; A cursory glance under the sheets won't tell you the whole story.
& # 39; Take out the sheets, grab your torch and look under the mattress, in the slits of the bed frame and around the headboard. Don't be embarrassed to offend hotel staff – you need to be sure you are at risk.
Mario and the Fantastic Services team have also revealed horrific images of some bedwetting infections that they have had to deal with. A photo shows the body of a man covered with bites after a stay in a hotel
Mario Stanchev, a pest control technician, is in the photo investigating an infection
What to do if you have a bed infestation at home
If you have not taken the right precautions, you can get bed bugs in your own home.
And here the professionals have to step in to help.
Mario explained: & # 39; An extermination of bedbugs usually happens in two visits, two weeks apart.
& # 39; The first sees every surface in the house that has been treated with an insecticide. And on the second visit, another insecticide is used to ensure that the insects have no chance to adapt to treatment and survive.
& # 39; And as strange as this may sound, I actually recommend that someone sleeps between the two treatments in the room – to lure the insects out of the shelter and make sure they pass through the treated areas and perish! It is also to test whether bed bugs have been left behind. & # 39;
Extreme heat treatment is recommended for severe infestations.
A specialized heater raises the temperature of each room to 56 degrees Celsius, killing the bed bugs in all stages of development in about two hours.
Mario adds: & # 39; Bedbugs can be resistant to some pests, so you need to be sure that you are using a reliable pest control.
& # 39; Prior to treatment, you must move any pets, laundry items, plastics, and electrical equipment. You should also remove and wash all contaminated bedding at 60 to 90 degrees Celsius, wash all clothing in the affected room at 60-90 degrees Celsius and vacuum thoroughly.
& # 39; And if the bed bugs are in your mattress, consider it gone. You must replace it. & # 39;
& # 39; Keep all your luggage in the bath or shower – the smooth surface makes it harder for insects to crawl into your bag. & # 39;
Also place your dirty laundry in a plastic bag and keep it off the floor. And don't wait until you get home to wash your clothes.
Find a laundry service and wash them at high temperature or clean them before boarding your flight to the UK. When it comes to chemical cleaning, it is known that the chemical used – perchlorethylene – kills bed bugs. & # 39;
Find a hard surface
Mario says: & # 39; Before you bring your bag to your home, find a place with a non-carpet surface and then wipe the floor with a wet cloth.
& # 39; These two simple tips ensure that bed bugs escaping from luggage have difficulty finding a new hiding place in your home. Look for bedwetting in your bag or clothing – real bugs, molded skins, stools, and so on. & # 39;
Pack it up
Mario recommends: & # 39; Put all your clothes and washable items in plastic liner bags and seal them until you are ready to put them in the washing machine. Now put the washing machine on the highest temperature setting and start it. If bugs are present, this should kill them before they get the chance to breed. & # 39;
Mario said: & # 39; Everything you can't or don't want to wash – books, swimming goggles, gadget cases or your favorite baseball cap – place a minimum of five days in the freezer for a minimum of five days. & # 39;
Mario explained: & # 39; Once you have shot the bugs in the washing machine or have given them a deep freeze treatment, you can take the stuff out and give them a thorough vacuum.
& # 39; This is especially important for your bag or suitcase, because you want to make sure that every trace of these critters is erased. You must then remove the contents of the vacuum cleaner yourself, wrap it in a plastic liner bag and immediately throw it out. & # 39;
Don't be complacent
Mario said: & # 39; Bedbugs are everywhere – and I mean, everywhere. I'm talking about electrical appliances, photo frames, books, children's toys and even in the head of a screw!
& # 39; Zippers are another place where you need to be thorough in checking for an infection, because it's a normal place to hide. & # 39;
- Mario Stanchev is a pest fighter at the British company Fantastic services. Other pest control services are available.
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