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Norway issues holiday bug warning

Tiny pests like bedbugs and mosquitoes can ruin your holidays, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health warns.

Summer is peak travel season not only for northern Europeans but also for pests. So the Norwegian Institute of Public Health has released a warning to travellers to check their suitcase for the little mites before they come home.

Carrying tiny insects back after the holiday could end up being both uncomfortable and expensive, the institute says.

Two pests especially recur during the holiday season – bedbugs and mosquitoes. Bedbugs do not get carried around on people’s bodies but can mass in large numbers in parts of the holiday accommodation. Mosquitoes, meanwhile, feast on blood as we sleep causing irritating itching as well as occasionally spread diseases.

“Pests will not usually transmit diseases to humans, but they can cause itchy rashes, and it is uncomfortable to share a bed with them,” the institute says.

Tiny stowaways
Because of rising resistance to insecticides and people’s greater tendency to travel, the spread of these stowaways has increased sharply across the world over the last 15 years.

Pest control officers have been reporting more and more cases of people who have returned home from a break this summer suspecting they carried insects back in their luggage.

The price for getting rid of the pests from the home can be high. A simple treatment of a bedroom, for example, can cost more than NOK 30,000 (€3,180).

The institute’s experts claim it has nothing to do with whether you stay in a luxury hotel, a cabin or cheap accommodation, although they add that it’s best to steer clear of farm animals while away.

“Whether it’s a holiday or a business trip, there will always be a risk that they can get into your luggage. As a general preventive measure, it is sensible to keep bags and suitcases closed throughout your stay.”

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