Pests at home are a little bit easier to deal with than the ones you meet during your travels. At the very least, once you find out that you have some kind of pest infestation at home, you can quickly call pest control and have them deal with the problem for you. But this isn’t something you can do once you’re out travelling the world. You can’t just call pest control every time you come across mosquitoes, ticks, termites, and the like.
It would be nice, though, to not have to think about these pests, but you unfortunately have to. Pest prevention should always be part of your travel plans especially if you’re travelling during the hot summer days when they’re more likely to come out of their holes. There are a few things that can help you with getting rid of pests or keeping them away from you and your family, and we’ve listed them below!
You might think that it’s weird to pack long sleeves, high socks, and pants when you’re going somewhere warm and sunny, but you have to. These pieces of clothing are best at protecting you from insect bites and potential diseases that they carry with them.
Naturally, you don’t have to wear them if you’re going to hang out by the beach, but they’re a must if you’re planning to go mountain climbing or having a picnic at the park. You should also try to sleep with pajamas that cover most of our body especially if you’re suspicious of your accommodation.
If you can’t stand wearing long sleeves and pants and any other type of clothing that will cover your skin, then the next best thing is to use insect repellents. Actually, even if you are wearing the recommended type of clothing, it’s still wise to apply insect repellents on your skin for a second layer of protection.
However, before you spray or slather yourself with thick layers of insect repellent, remember to follow directions for safe application – these should be indicated in the packaging. Moreover, the chemicals in these products aren’t safe for children under the age of 2 months, so don’t use it on them.
You really don’t know what creatures are crawling into your bed at night and you don’t have the mental capacity to keep them at bay while you’re asleep, so you’re only choice is to put up mosquito nets or bed nets. Even if you’re sleeping at a luxurious hotel, you should still consider using these things for protection.
Mosquito and bed nets are particularly useful if you’re travelling with a child who you can’t put insect repellents on. These newborns are very susceptible to insect-borne diseases, and there’s no better time to get them than at night.
Insect Bite Ointments
After all the safety precautions – wearing long sleeve clothes, applying insect repellents, and putting up mosquito nets – there is still a possibility that you’ll get bit by pests and insects. These things are almost inevitable so you should always have a packet of insect bite ointments in your luggage. You can even go as far as to ask your physician for things such as anti-malaria medicine just in case.
Ointments and medicine are simply first-aid measures. If additional symptoms start to come up and you feel that you’ve contracted a disease, then immediately head to a clinic or hospital and have yourself checked.
Pest control won’t be able to help you get rid of pests during your travels; you’re all on your own in those times. However, you can bring the things listed here to ensure that if you ever set foot in a place where they are prevalent, you can still avoid getting bitten and contracting diseases. Moreover, having these things ready in your luggage will allow you to think less about the harms of pests and more about the fun you’re about to have and the great memories you’re about to make!