Bed bug hotel claim in Isle of Wight; study/travel abroad and bed bugs

by bedbugger on November 24, 2007 · 4 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs and travel, bed bugs in hotels, england, legal aspects of bed bugs, united kingdom

1 parakeets November 27, 2007 at 11:51 am

That was a good question for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to discuss, though I wish they would have broadened the advice to include to screening the luggage of all students returning from US colleges, too. The article has the slant that students are getting bedbugs in hostels and in Europe. But bedbugs are all too common in US colleges. Students don’t have to have gone abroad to bring the little guests home with them.

2 nobugsonme November 27, 2007 at 12:17 pm

To be fair, the article was a “reader’s question” and so the focus was determined by the worried parent. However, you’re right that the author should have broadened it more. Anyone staying away from home, whether it’s mom on a business trip, junior at camp, grandma in the nursing home, or sister at college, is at risk of bringing bed bugs into the home.

3 parakeets November 27, 2007 at 12:52 pm

Ha ha, I always thought newspapers made those questions up as a lead-in for some topic they wanted to cover. Since this apparently was a real question, even the question itself highlights the generally-held view (spin>) that bedbugs are not yet a serious US problem. We know differently. Until you have bedbugs, you don’t know a lot. I absolutely love all your links to the articles here. It shows the word is getting out more than it used to.

4 nobugsonme November 27, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Maybe they DID make it up! You’re right, word is getting out, but there is still a long way to go.

As someone who monitors the bed bug news closely, I am floored by the increase in articles. It’s not just the volume–the articles are more varied now. Not so long ago, it seemed like a bed bug article would hit the AP and get recycled by every newspaper. But there are enough journalists having enough encounters with individuals now that most articles appear to be fresh, new stories.

It means people are learning about bed bugs, which is good. It also appears to mean more people are getting bed bugs, which is bad.

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