Hostel To Hospital

Bed Bug Bites

Bed Bug Bites

Carolyn Archer of the reports on two young women who traveled to Bundaberg, Australia on vacation working tour. They stayed at a hostel and worked jobs at local farms as an inexpensive way to see the countryside. Unfortunately, the hostel was infested with bed bugs. The tourists complained, but the landlord claimed that the bites must be due to hayfever. The bites on one of the tourists became infected, and the vacation went from hostel to hospital for antibiotic treatment. Bed bugs in a pay-in-advance room can become an issue for people without the resources to move elsewhere. One would think that landlords would be concerned about the potential for bad publicity and be more proactive about bed bugs.

It is a good idea to inspect a room for bed bugs before you settle. Most hotels will offer another room which may well be uninfested. Even hotels that stay on top of their pest problems can be infested by careless guests who unwittingly bring bed bugs with them.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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