Hazardous Holiday Creatures

Creature discomforts?

Cockroaches! Bedbugs! Fleas! The very mention of these makes you shudder. Our fact sheets below will help you identify some of the small creatures that you’ll encounter on holiday and the hazards they can pose.  

Hazardous Holiday Creatures - Bedbugs

This Organisation receives many reports of people who have suffered with bed-bug bites from their holiday accommodation.  There are approximately seven species of bedbugs that will feed on humans. The most common bedbugs are Cimex lectularis (the "human bedbug" with a cosmopolitan distribution), Cimex hemipterus (the "tropical bedbug" found most often in tropical climates), and Leptocimex bou... READ MORE 9 January 2008

Hazardous Holiday Creatures - Cockroaches

A cockroach has a flat shiny body that enables him (or her) to slip through narrow cracks and hide in dark warm places; he usually comes out in search of food at night; he can run swiftly; he is a scavenger that will eat almost anything; he is very prolific; he is sly and adaptable. Although he cannot stand extreme cold, he has almost no natural enemies. It is interesting to watch one of thes... READ MORE 9 January 2008

Hazardous Holiday Creatures - Ants

Ants are members of the family of social insects meaning that they live in organised colonies. The ant family contains more than 4,500 described species that can be found in tropical and temperate areas around the world. In a colony of ants you find wingless, infertile female workers predominate in defence, foraging and brood-tending. The fertilised winged female becomes the queen and may fo... READ MORE 9 January 2008

Hazardous Holiday Creatures - Fleas

Fleas are small, wingless, blood-feeding insects. Fleas attack pets, man, and warm blooded animals (hosts) to feed. Fleas are a parasite and some people are allergic to flea bites. Most often it is your pet that is the "host" and they can cause other problems to your pet, such as skin irritations. Fleas transmit disease and also tapeworms. They can also transmit Typhoid fever and Bubonic p... READ MORE 9 January 2008

Hazardous Holiday Creatures - Flies

The presence of the fly is always an indicator of a proofing defect and possibly a hygiene problem. The term "flying insects" can encompass almost all insects in some stage of their life cycle. In the food industry, it is generally accepted that those which are regarded as pests are those which spread disease through contamination, cause physical damage and cause a general nuisance. There are... READ MORE 9 January 2008

Hazardous Holiday Creatures - Rats and Mice

Rats and mice are rodent pests found in homes and warehouses. These rodents eat any kind of food that people eat. They also contaminate 10 times as much food as they eat, with urine, droppings and hair. They can carry at least 10 different kinds of diseases including bubonic plague, murine typhus, spirochetal jaundice, Leptospirosis, rabies, rat bite fever and bacterial food poisoning. Many... READ MORE 9 January 2008

Hazardous Holiday Creatures - Ticks

Ticks are eight-legged, blood-feeding ectoparasites that are closely related to spiders, scorpions, mites, and live on mammals and birds. A tick has a oane-piece body. The harpoon-like barbs of its mouth attach to a host for feeding. Crab-like legs and a sticky secretion help hold the tick to the host. When attempting to remove a tick, to prevent the mouth part from coming off and remaining em... READ MORE 9 January 2008