During the midpoint of the last century, bed bugs were nearly gone from the United States. They were fading into memory, and for decades, you would hear nary a story about the creatures. Today, things are much different. In many countries throughout Europe, the problem with the bugs never went away. The ease with which we can travel around the globe means that travelers from the United States are visiting areas rife with bed bugs, and they are bringing them back into the country. In addition, travelers who are visiting the country are bringing in bed bugs in some cases.
Even those who are at the Olympics this year – spectators and athletes alike, need to be aware of the bed bug issue in London. The bugs can be anywhere, from a small hotel with a dingy exterior to one of the finest establishments in the British Isles. Bed bugs will make their home just about anywhere, and that’s why it is so important for travelers to be extra careful about what they might be bringing home with them. They will be bringing the bugs onto planes, which can get into other people’s luggage and onto their clothing. It’s easy to see how the bugs can spread in this manner.
The bugs are certainly not new to the London Games though. They were also quite a problem at the Sydney games more than a decade ago. If you are going to be traveling, even if you aren’t going to the Olympics, you have to make sure that you are taking the proper precautions. Heaters that you can get especially for your clothing and other items, such as bedding, can help to kill the bugs. Travel versions are available, and you can find larger versions that you can keep at home in the closet.