June 20, 2016 by Doug Moore
As vacations go, there’s nothing quite like a cruise. Get totally spoiled, stuff yourself with gourmet foods, and visit exotic ports of call. But, there’s a bit of bad news. Bed bugs have learned about cruises, too.
So, next time you decide to hit the seven seas, take along some sea-worthy tips to help you avoid these blood thirsty stowaways!
Tips for before your cruise:
- Check for past bed bug reports on your cruise line at Cruise-bruise.com.
- Ask your cruise line if they encase their bedding with bed bug bite-proof mattress and box spring encasements.
- Ask the cruise line, or at least your cabin steward, if the ship has had any bed bug problems and if so, how they were treated. Many ships will super heat a room for several hours at 120+ degrees to kill all bed bugs. This is a very effective method.
- Pack a flashlight so you can inspect for the presence of bed bugs and fecal matter.
- Know what bed bugs and bed bug bites look like.
- Pack your belongings using large zip-lock bags.
- Pack an anti-bed bug laundry bag and bring washable clothes in case you must launder them while on board.
Tips While on the Cruise:.
- Check your clothes and body after each destination before getting back on the ship.
- Bed bugs usually start in a hotel, get into someone’s luggage and then come into the cruise ship with the passenger, so be careful to pack large zip-lock bags and check your luggage before getting back on your ship.
- Inspect your cabin thoroughly for signs of bed bugs before unpacking. Look behind head boards, the seams of the mattress, around the box spring, and drawers.
- If your room does or has had bed bugs, request to be placed in a new stateroom as far away from the original as possible. DO NOT bring your luggage into a room that has bed bugs!
Tips if you do get bed bugs on the cruise:
- Notify the purser’s office immediately, and arrange to see the doctor on the ship for purposes of documentation.
- If you get a note from your personal doctor when you get home any potential claims are more effective.
For more information about bed bugs, heat treatment, and canine bed bug scent detection, click here.
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