International cities including those in Australia are facing a bedbug invasion. I would be horrified to ever get them in our home.
Infestations are common in backpacker-friendly suburbs but it is not just overseas travellers who are being attacked.
Australians are being warned there is no escape from the bedbugs which are currently staging a jet-setting comeback in hotels on both sides of the Atlantic.
After being all but wiped out by banned pesticide DDT years ago, the little brown bugs are reportedly increasing in numbers, generating some bad PR for tourist hotspots New York and London.
Bedbug cases in both cities are on the rise as the parasites hitch a lift in luggage, aircraft seats and clothes to wherever people sleep or rest.
This is a very good reason to join the gray nomad caravan traveller’s one user only bedding travel brigade.