God Damn! I hate Bed Bugs!
Blood Sucking Bed Bugs! Yeah…You better be afraid!
Cuz they are your worse night mare!
If you are constantly looking out for cheap hotels, motels, hostels to sleep in, you can be sure that one of these days, you will run in to them!
** Thats why we search hard on www.backpackies.com to find you accomodations that arent with BED BUGS!
Bed bugs are tiny, “if you got shitty eyes, then yeah you can’t see them”, well hidden parasitic insects, that feed on BLOOD. They usually infest the bed – hence the name BED BUGS.
Bed bugs are mostly active at night, and they are very good at sucking your blood without you noticing it.
** From now- THEY refers to the BED BUGS
( They can be crawling from the walls, or drop down from the ceiling! (Wear a hat? When you sleep? Cuz they might make a home in your hair?) ha ha we are kidding. But seriously, they can crawl!
How do they suck your blood?
There is these hollow feeding tubes that stick out from their mouth, and they pierce your skin and inject their saliva which contains anticoagulants and anesthetics while it slowly sucks your blood. Kind of like how vampires and mosquitoes do it.
You wont feel pain or itchy at first, but after they bite you, and the drugs wear out, then you start to itch. And really itch badly!
Bed bugs will suck for about 3-5 minutes and then go back to hide. Probably to digest what they just took from you.
Mind you, these critters can live for a year without feeding, but they normally try to feed every 5 – 10 days. When it’s cold, they can also hibernate. So in this hot Asian climate, don’t ever think of hiding from them!
How do they infest and move in with you?
There are several ways in which dwellings can become infested with bedbugs and their eggs.
Bed bugs can infest and breed
- In clothing’s and luggage – which is why most damn hotels don’t allow you to put your bags on the bed!
bags on bed
- They can also backpack! They just travel with their bags on your animals! (If you bloody have one), soo now instead of ticks, you have to be worried of bed bugs too!
They can infest anything! Unless they are killed together with their eggs!
How to know if there are bed bugs?
It is really hard to see if the bed or room has any bed bugs.
They hide mostly in dark corners, cracks, and in clothes and mattresses.
Typically a bed sheet might look nice and clean. But after a few hours, once you start to feel itchy, and find small blood stains on the sheets, then you can be sure there are bed bugs around.
Catch them in the act – Keep a flashlight by your bed, and turn it on when you start to feel itchy, watch the sheets closely for movement. If you get up or move too much they will go back into hiding. This can be hard to do – if you’ve only got a few of them, they only need to come out once a week or so anyway, so you might get unlucky and not see any, even though you have them.
What wont work?! We tried it already!
If you are sleeping in a room with two single beds. No point moving to the other bed, for it is surely infested also. (But you can always try)
Putting on an extra bed sheet or towel doesn’t work either.
Putting a bath towel on the bed doesn’t help, they just crawl over the towel!
Sleeping on the chair? Its as bad an idea as sitting and falling asleep in the toilet.
Sleeping on the kitchen table (that is if your budget hotel even has one) wont help
Sleeping in the bath tub, is freaking cold!
Dont bring them home with you.
Make your target less attractive. Put it up high on a chair. Don’t put your bags on the floor. But of course dont put them on the bed also, as you might not know if there are any that is already in your bag.
Using a plastic bag to store your clothes is a good way to isolate them from the bed bugs.
Finally, do a quick inspection of your clothes in your luggage before you leave.
When you get home from your trip, immediately send your clothes for washing and air your bags in the sun.
They hate sunlight
How do you ease the itch and not get bitten again?
Corticool, which is a cream that relieves itching from insect bites and that you can buy over the counter.
You can also try Benadryl or using calimine lotion will help with it. Of course, that won’t stop you from actually being bitten.
Some ways you can try.
Use a double tape to tape around the sides of your bed legs. It only works if the mattress or bed sheets aren’t infested already. The bed bugs will get trapped if they try to crawl up the legs on to the bed.
2) Sterifab is a good stopgap solution until you can bring
an exterminator in. It’s a spray bottle product that is effective at killing them. You’d never get them all with it, but reducing the number of them helps reduce the number of times you’re bitten. It also lingers and keeps killing for a day or so after you spray it, so it can keep working overnight.
There is a new certain type of sleeping bag that comes with an Insecticide Layer.
If you are travelling in asia. Most probably, you can try the medicated oil, which is cheaper and easier to find here than Corticool. It is the same minty gel – CORTICOOL mentioned above. This is in oil form. Great for head aches and easing nausea.
The bites can last from a few days to a few weeks.
Depending on how allergic you are. It will definitely be faster if you apply some medication.
When are these bites going to go away?
That could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It depends on how allergic you are to them. Some people are really allergic and will have them for a lot longer. Most of the time, the itching will stop first and the bite mark will gradually disappear.
We hope you know when its mosquitoes and when its bed bugs!
We wish you all the best and may god ..kill all the rest (of the bed bugs) 😀
Have fun backpacking!