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Bed bugs on a plane are something you never want to hear about when you’re about to take off – and especially not when you’re about to be on a flight for 9 hours!

A family flying from Vancouver to London found the nasty surprise as they flew over the Atlantic on a British Airways flight. The three family members were covered with bites from the bed bugs despite alerting a flight attendant. But with a full flight, there was nothing that could be done.

Traveling doesn’t have to be painful – but be sure to keep an eye out for potential hitchhiking bugs!

Now you might be wondering – if you find yourself in a similar situation, is there anything you can do to keep them from biting you? Surprisingly, the answer is yes!

One thing that can temporarily keep bed bugs at bay is to spray them with alcohol. Alcohol can kill the live adult bugs and spare you from being eaten during your flight. We actually suggest doing the same if you have items that can’t be put into a washer or a dryer to kill the bed bugs with the hot water and heated drying. You can put some rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and spray it on items like stuffed animals, purses, or even the corners of your mattress to keep them at bay. If we had been on that flight, we would have suggested at least rubbing down the seats where the bed bugs were found, the surrounding couple of rows, the passengers who spotted the bugs, the passengers in the rows around them, and any luggage under seats. The flight may have had a strong alcoholic smell, but at least less people would have been bitten.

The alcohol solution is only a temporary fix, however, since alcohol does not kill any eggs that may have been laid on the seats, in the case of the plane, or on your mattress. While you could keep trying to kill them by continuously spraying the different areas of your home or the plane, with bed bugs we highly suggest bringing a professional in to inspect and treat for them.

If you’d like to read the full article about the bed bug ridden flight, you can read it here. Or if you’d like to read our tips and information about bed bugs to help you if you spot them on your next trip, you can read about them here.

And, as always, if you see any bed bugs or pests that you need to get rid of, give us a call at 317-288-3315 and we’ll get you on our schedule right away!

Safe travels!