Yes. Bed bugs can travel on you, but usually do so via things you are wearing or carrying. Bed Bugs can attach themselves to your shoes, clothing, briefcase and luggage if you are travelling. In fact, a large percentage of people actually have a bed bug infestation because these little guys crawled into their luggage or shoes while travelling. Many people bring bed bugs home with them from a hotel, motel or even airplane ride without even knowing it.
Bed bugs are commonly referred to as "The Travelling Bug." It is believed that this is how bed bugs came to America -- through travellers. You may be safe on the airplane, riding comfortably, while your lugguge is down below busy picking up some extra travellers. If someone else on the plane stayed at a location with a bed bug infestation and picked up a few bed bugs, they are very easily shared with other luggage in the luggage pit. One person carrying bed bugs in their luggage can easily turn into several people carrying bed bugs after the flight is over. It's easy to see how bed bugs have spread so rapidly and vastly in just a few years.
However, bed bugs normally will not travel on your skin. They can actually feed off of you without having to walk on your skin at all. You can think of bed bugs as shy because right after feeding they will quickly run off of the skin and back into hiding. They actually prefer to touch your skin while feeding. This is how most people do not even realize they have bed bugs.
They can just feed on you without out touching you by just plugging in their mouthparts on your arms and legs while still standing on the mattress or sheets. Their bite is not very painful and most people do not even wake up while being bit by bed bugs. They don't even realize it happened until the bites begin to surface the next morning.
Bed Bug Facts
Bed Bugs are tiny mites – the adult is less than a quarter of an inch in size – that feed on the blood of animals and, most worryingly humans.
Although not a flying insect the bed bug does retain the ability to travel; very rapidly and is prone to rapid spreading as a result.
The Bed Bug problem is a widespread one, as these tiny creatures are known to have come from their natural home in the Asian continent to the entire globe.
It is not unusual to see an infestation of Bed Bugs, but what is essential is that we recognise where they live, how to spot them and what to do about them.
The female Bed Bug will lay eggs every day; as she can live for vast lengths of time – over a year – this results in a rapid explosion of the Bed Bug population.
The bed bug is in action at night – when we are dormant – and the first clue to the presence of Bed Bugs is the presence of pimples on the skin in the morning.
The bed bug will feast during the night, and when it feeds on our blood it leaves behind indications of its presence.
A bed bug feeds by piercing the skin and feeding in a tube with which it pulls out the required blood, and therefore the victim will rarely be aware they are being bitten as they are usually asleep.
After feeding – which may cover as long as ten minutes – the Bed Bug leaves behind a red bite which may swell and will itch continually, bringing irritation and discomfort to the sufferer.
The problem regarding diagnosis is that the indications of Bed Bugs are very similar to those of other skin conditions.
Scabies leaves behind very similar indications to bed bug infestation, and some insect bites such as mosquito can also leave behind a similar tell tale red welt.
Bed bug bites will usually be found on skin that is exposed while we sleep – the arms and legs, face and neck are all often bitten – and it is to these areas we should look when looking for signs of the creatures.
The Bed Bug is a night active creature and it likes to feed on our blood; it also likes to hide and this is why it is found in our beds and furnishings.
Although the Bed Bug does not nest like many other insects, it does fall to suitable places, hence many will hide together in the crevasses of a mattress, the inside of covers and linings and other dark and secure places.
Bed Bugs are frequently introduced into the home by persons who have been elsewhere and have usually slept on a number of varied and frequently used beds.
A Bed Bug case is not usually a case of poor hygiene, however, as a lot of hotels and guest houses have also been the source of cases.
Bed Bug infestations spread very fast; with one female bug laying around five eggs every day it is simple to see how quickly the colony can grow.
To get rid of Bed Bugs you also need to throw out of the infected mattress and any other items that may be home to the creatures.
As bed bugs are very numerous and hard to find, removing all the eggs and bugs with off the shelf treatments may not be entirely successful.
During an affliction of bed bugs, all clothes, covers and linings that have been in contact with bugs – or you think may have been – should be thoroughly washed; if possible this must be done on the hottest setting possible to be sure to kill the bugs.
Leah R. said, “Travel? I guess I’ve never considered where bed bugs come from. It makes sense. I just hate the thought of sleeping other places to begin with. Add bed bugs on top of that, and I’ll never go anywhere again. Yuck.”
Diane B. writes, “People that travel often are more likely to unknowingly carrying them home with them. Bed bugs travel surprisingly well! They can stow away in luggage and even clothing. Bed bugs can be found anywhere, so no one country is safer from bed bugs than another.”
Tes F. from San Antonio, TX writes, “ Yes, something else to worry about when we go on vacation. I’m packing the dead bed bug spray. I can spray it on the beds and even my luggage. I know it’s safe, and even better I know it works!”
Katie said, “You just have to know what to look for and what do to keep from spreading them or taking them home with you. They’re becoming more common so chances are you’ll run into them sooner or later if you travel at all. It’s better to arm your self with knowledge to prevent yourself from becoming a victim!”
Last update: 09:07 AM Wednesday, February 10, 2010