Spanish tourism hotspots including Benidorm, Alicante, Malaga and Mallorca have been hit by an ‘invasion’ of bed bugs. Anecpla’s Managing Director, Jorge Galván, explained: “We are concerned about the impact of the reactivation of tourism on a scourge closely linked to the hotel sector and tourist residences: the bed bug.
Mr Galván warned: ‘Due to their small size, they often fit between clothes or suitcases, causing new infestations in homes, hotels or apartments.’
While bedbugs move quickly and can be hard to spot at first, there are ways to deter them from getting into your suitcases while on vacation.
An anonymous flight attendant has revealed that a simple kitchen item could be the key to keeping stray creatures at bay during the trip.
Posting on a Reddit forum as Tommygunz007, the flight attendant said he kept his clothes in “Ziploc” bags.
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The method is also a clever way to separate your dirty and clean clothes.
The stewardess explained: “I went to get these giant Ziploc bags.
“They’re great for putting in smelly dirty clothes, as well as clean clothes so all your stuff is kept separate.
“I always spray the outside of my bag for dust mites and bed bugs, but at least I know the things inside are clean and don’t smell because they’re in those giant Ziploc bags.”
Therefore, dirty laundry left in an open suitcase or left on the floor of an infested room can attract bedbugs.
Talk to Daily ScienceDr William Hentley from the University of Sheffield said: “Bed bugs are a huge problem for hotel and home owners, especially in some of the biggest and busiest cities in the world.
“Once a room is infested with bed bugs, it can be very difficult to get rid of them, which can require people to dispose of clothes and furniture which can be very expensive.
“Our study suggests that keeping soiled laundry in a sealed bag, particularly when staying in a hotel, may reduce the risk of people bringing bedbugs home, which may reduce the spread of bed bugs. infestations.”
Luggage liners can also be used to protect your clothes from bedbugs.
However, carrying a supply of large Ziploc bags can also be useful in case you spot a bed bug while on vacation.
Placing your clothes in sealed plastic bags or wrappers can prevent them from spreading.
Clever Journey experts said: “If you still have a few days of vacation left, separate your clean clothes from your used ones and try to keep your luggage on a shelf or in a closet for the rest of your trip.
“The best option would be to put all your items in the plastic bags and buy new clothes for the rest of the trip.”
Once home, or at the next possible opportunity, you can transfer the clothes to your clothes in a dryer on the hottest cycle for 20-30 minutes.
Bedbugs and their eggs die at 50°C. A hot wash should therefore be sufficient to kill existing bed bugs and their eggs.