FAQ’s about Pests

February 6th, 2015

Why do we need tips for a pest-free vacation?

Pest-transmitted diseases are on the rise.  West Nile Virus is a great case in point – case numbers are doubling year to year.   However, this is by far just a microcosm of the big picture.  The truth is travelers are much more at risk of encountering pests than locals.  Locals have the experience with the native pests, are used to avoiding them and have had the help of pest management professionals to control them in and around their homes.

Won’t we see the same pests that we see around our homes?

Absolutely not.  There are billions of different species of pests throughout the world and they vary by region.  Ants are a great example – with over 12,000 species, chances are the ones at your home will not be the ones waiting for you on vacation!

What should vacationers do to protect themselves from these pests?

Knowledge is the best protection for vacationers.  Locals have the benefit of help from pest management professionals.  Vacationers can arm themselves with knowledge of what pests to look for, how to avoid them and what to do if they have a close encounter.

Where can people go for more information on travel destinations and pest health threats?

The National Pest Management Association has developed an interactive map on their website,, that vacationers can visit before leaving home.  By clicking on each region, travelers can access a list of the native pests, tips to avoid them and what to do if you get a little too close for comfort.

What are regional pest health threats that people should be aware of when traveling this summer?

It really depends on what region you’ll be visiting.  In the Northeast, vacationers should be aware of deer ticks that spread Lyme disease.  In the South and Southwest, vacationers should keep their eyes peeled for fire ants. The West is expecting a particularly bad season of mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.

What are some other pest problems vacationers might encounter this summer when traveling?

There are a few other pests that travelers may recognize from home but still should be watchful of during a vacation.  Mosquitoes and bedbugs are great examples of pests that live almost everywhere in the country but can be particularly dangerous during vacation.  Awareness and vigilance will play a role in avoiding these pests.

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