Bed bugs are an unpleasant travel friend that you will find in many places on your itinerary. I especially had the misfortune of feeling their bites in Southeast Asia and heard similar stories in India and, to a lesser extent, in Peru.
In Asia you can find them in cheap hostels and also in others not so cheap. A bite of these animals can annoy you a few days of the trip but if you are a little careful you can prevent this from happening.
Here goes a series of tips on how to avoid travel bug bites:
- When you go to inspect the bed, open the light and quickly look over the bed. Bed bugs only appear in the dark and you will see if something moves across the bed just at the moment of turning on the light in the room. You can also go around the mattress and see if you find black or brown spots on the feces of the insect. The same is also useful in cushions, sheets and even if there are cracks in the walls. Any small black spot could indicate the presence of bed bugs.
- Once installed, never leave your backpack or loose clothing on the floor or the bed Try to place your stuff in an elevated place.
- If they bite you, you can differentiate the bite of a bed bug to that of a mosquito by its three points in indian row. You will also notice that the bug bites do not show a reddish spot like mosquitoes.
- If you have been bitten, it is essential wash clothes at very high temperature. It is the only way to end them. Apparently, these animals can survive to 40 degrees, so give the washing machine a cane or heat a pot and put your clothes in it for a while. Ideal if you have an iron on hand or you can iron your clothes after washing. If you are in a cheap country, throw the shirt and get another one.
- Wash well The area with soap and water. If the pain is persistent use a antihistamine that you can find in any pharmacy.
- In the remote case that you have fever or dizziness consult a doctor, it is possible that it is something more serious than a bed bug bite.