British somnologist Martin Seeley urged tourists to abandon the habit of throwing a suitcase on the bed immediately after checking into a hotel room. His remarks are a warning about the potential spread of hyperadapted “superbugs,” the Daily Star portal noted.
According to the expert, many tourists, wanting to unpack and relax, immediately throw their bags on the bed. However, this can never be done, especially in Europe in light of recent events. As a reminder, many countries, including France (details here) and Great Britain, have recently been threatened by the emergence of mutant parasites. They began to spread from one place to another with the help of tourists on public transport, ferries, and even airplanes. Some of the uninvited guests reached the travelers’ house.
“When you put your suitcase on the bed, you’re giving bedbugs a chance to get inside,” he said. “Once they get into your luggage, they can easily travel with you and take up residence in your home.”
Due to the threat of infection, the specialist advised tourists to follow a few simple rules to avoid these unpleasant situations. One of the important points is to store the suitcase as far as possible from the bed in the hotel room. “It’s best to put your luggage on the luggage rack or unpack in the bathroom, where there are fewer textile surfaces,” Seely explained.
In addition, Martin Seeley offered a few other tips. He recommended placing clothes in a closet and avoiding nightstands and chests of drawers, as bedbugs can use nightstands to hide. In addition, dirty clothes, which are very attractive to these insects, should be stored in a plastic bag, completely sealed, so as not to attract the bloodsuckers.
How to detect bedbugs in a hotel room?
- First, it is necessary to remove the bed linen and inspect the mattress. Adult bugs have flat bodies that resemble an apple stone in size and color.
- Pay attention to the presence of red, rusty, or dark spots, as well as the eggs or chitinous shells of insects. Although this exoskeleton is difficult to see, its presence usually appears in groups, making it easy to spot.
- Inspect the bottom of the bed, all drawers, if any, plus the gaps between the headboard and the wall.