The 7 Worst Holiday Destinations for Pests
Booking a holiday is exciting. The thought of going somewhere with sun, sea and sand where you can relax and enjoy a break from the daily grind is certainly something to look forward to. However, there are some holiday destinations that are best avoided because of the high numbers of pests. Nobody wants to spend their holiday covered in itchy bites or painful stings. So, check out the top 7 worst holiday destinations for pests so you know the places to avoid!
With some of the best beaches and weather in the world, Byron Bay, Australia is one of the most popular holiday destinations. However, despite it’s popularity, Byron Bay is a place to be missed. Despite its great surfing scene and parties, Byron Bay is notorious for bed bugs. Byron Bay attracts hundreds and thousands of backpackers every week and the constant turnover of travellers brings with it excessive numbers of bed bugs. The bed bug issues are so bad in Byron Bay that backpacking hostels are banning bags in the rooms to prevent the problem from worsening. So, if you want to avoid an itchy holiday of bites and blood, Byron Bay is one to miss.
Although a popular holiday destination for many, with plenty of culture and excellent food added into the mix, Brazil has a severe mosquito problem. Mosquitoes are considered to be the world’s deadliest pest and they can be found in abundance throughout Brazil. Mosquitoes don’t require much to survive, and they are becoming increasingly resistant to local pesticides, making them a difficult pest problem to control. If you want to avoid a holiday of swatting away mosquitoes and covering yourself in insect repellent, Brazil should be avoided – especially during the summer!
The Aleutian Islands are part of the Aleutian Arc in the Northern Pacific Island and they offer stunning sites of untamed landscapes and sea-sculpted coastlines. The Aleutian Islands are popular among backpackers, offering the opportunity to explore ancient Aleut village sites, view wild birds, marine life and visit isolated beaches. However, these volcano islands are home to high numbers of rats. In fact, the Aleutian Islands became known as ‘Rat Island’ because the number of rats was so extensive. Although the Aleutian Islands claim to be free from rats now, you visit at your own risk.
Nelson Lakes National Park
In the beautiful country of New Zealand you can find the stunning Nelson Lakes National Park. Although an area of outstanding natural beauty and beautiful beech trees, Nelson Lakes National Park sees high numbers of insects living off the beech trees. In fact, the high numbers of wasps found on Nelson Lakes National Park are thought to be around 400 per tree! That’s is a significant number of wasps and certainly poses a risk to anyone allergic to wasp stings. If you want to avoid wasp stings, perhaps avoid Nelson Lakes National Park or visit it during the winter when the wasps are in hibernation.
If you enjoy a great city break location, Birmingham can be an unassuming hero. With an industrial background, the second biggest city in the UK, Birmingham is full of tourism hot spots, music, culture and entertainment. However, it has a darker side. Birmingham has been crowned the rat capital of the UK. Rats crawl through the sewers, infest drains and run through the streets. Local pest controllers Pest Control Birmingham receive over 50 rat-related calls every day! If that’s not a city with a rat problem, I don’t know what is. Complete Pest Management said: Avoid the rats by steering clear of this city.
With plenty of culture and scenery unlike anywhere else on the planet, South Asia is a beautiful place to visit. However, this holiday destination, too, has its fair share of pests, the most destructive of which is the Khapra Beetle. This destructive beetle can be found in grain products, seeds and crops, destroying everything in its site. The beetle is particularly hard to control, and its larvae can survive for many years without food. The Khapra Beetle is considered to be one of the 100 most invasive species in the world. So, if you want to avoid contact with this beetle in your food, hotel or luggage, it’s probably best to avoid visiting South Asia.
South Africa, with its warm climate and beautiful beaches, is an extensive country popular with many holidaymakers. However, South Africa suffers from the ravishes of the crop-eating Armyworm. This horrible pest destroys stable crops and makes the scenery unsightly. Breakouts of these pests are extremely detrimental to local crops and farmland. However, the armyworm doesn’t just affect crops. They also migrate, during the dry seasons, to stay near the coast and destroy the enjoyment of holidaymakers relaxing on the beach. If you would like to escape this pest, avoid visiting South Africa during the dry season so that you can enjoy the beach in peace.
Every country suffers from a pest problem. In fact, the more research we did into holiday destinations, the more we found it difficult to escape from pests. So, we suggest an alternative holiday destination; space. Our solar system, as far as we know, remains pest free. Although space would not be a particularly cheap holiday, it would avoid common pests, sunburn and overcrowding.
Think about it.
Where have you been on holiday recently? Did you have a bad pest experience? Leave us a comment below, we would love to hear from you! Let’s share our pest experiences with each other and take comfort in the thought we are never alone…