Times article on spread of bed bugs via trains, planes, and automobiles

by nobugsonme on August 25, 2008 · 3 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs and travel, bed bugs on public transportation, united kingdom

A Times (UK) article today on the spread of bed bugs emphasized the role of travel, specifically, the spread of bed bugs in public transportation:

Savvas Othon, technical director at Rentokil, said: “The short turnaround times for planes and other forms of transport means they are sometimes not inspected as thoroughly as they used to be. What should happen is a good vacuum around the back of seats and in the creases of seats. Any small gap is ideal for a bedbug, which can go for quite some time without a meal.”

Pest Control company Rentokil said it was now treating all kinds of public vehicles for bed bugs:

Rentokil says that it has seen a 24 per cent increase in work related to airlines, a 51 per cent increase in road-related call-outs, a 59 per cent jump in the shipping sector and a 9 per cent rise on rail in the past 12 months, compared with the year before.

“Bedbug infestations will continue to rise,” Mr Othon said. “Delays at airports don’t help as people sit in airport terminals, take things out of their bags and the bedbug jumps out and goes in search of another source of blood.”

While the general public is starting to think about hotel rooms as potential sites of infestation, it’s helpful to see a major newspaper highlighting the spread of bed bugs in airports, airplanes, trains, cars, and ships.

Awareness is key, as David Cain of Bed-bugs.co.uk stressed to the Times:

He said: “The number one reason for the spread of bedbugs is the lack of public awareness. People simply do not know how to detect them in the way they would have done in the 1950s and 1960s.

“They are a problem on buses, trains and subway systems, and on cruise ships too — any form of transport where there is a high turnover, really. Recently, on an overground train in South London, I pulled at the parting of the upholstery and found at least four months of dirt and debris.”

1 scott April 2, 2009 at 8:52 am

Colorado now has a company to heat treat rooms to rid the home of bed bugs. Please contact me at envirozone2000@gmail.com

2 Dan avilez January 1, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Call me for all of your bed bug needs. I work at Terminix and we have a exclusive treatment using CO2 thus freezing the bed bugs dead. It is called Rapid Freeze. Ask for it by name. This is safe and Hotels can rent their rooms within two hours after treatment.

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3 nobugsonme January 2, 2010 at 1:51 am

Hi Dan,

We have heard about the freezing treatment; we understand it can work but we have also heard reports from people who needed multiple treatments before their problem was solved.

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