Student travelers should be aware of the increase in bed bug infestations worldwide.
While there are health and safety concerns in any location, students should be aware of the bed bug infestations plaguing anywhere from five-star resorts to roadside motels to public spaces. Bed bugs are hitchhikers and can move from an infested site by traveling on an individual or on bedding, luggage, boxes, clothing, etc.
Fortunately, bed bugs are not considered a medical or public health hazard and are not known to spread diseases, but they can create physical and financial problems for individuals affected. Bed bug bites affect each person differently. Symptoms of bed bug bites can include itching, swollen and irritated skin, insomnia, anxiety, or skin problems that arise from excessive scratching. Not only is the process of eradicating bed bugs inconvenient, but it can also be expensive.
To avoid the annoyances that come along with bed bugs, here are some tips to share with students to help them protect themselves while they are away from home:
While there is only so much that can be done to avoid exposure to beg bugs, there are a variety of insurance options available for universities and students that can respond to medical or emergency situations while traveling. To learn more, click here.
- Nicole Pitney is Vice President of Scholastic Accident & Sickness and Special Risk, Chubb Accident & Health.
This article originally appeared as "Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Protecting Student Travelers" on the Risk Conversation blog on Nov. 22, 2016.