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21. Posted by scachuuu (Inactive 3 posts) 11y

Hi ya'll!

When I was in Thailand last year, I stayed at a forest temple known as Wat Pah Nanachat. They put me up in a dorm room. First thing I noticed when I walked into the room was that there was no screens in the windows and no mosquito netting to be seen, either. I nearly freaked out right there! I asked they guy who showed me the room about it and he showed me where the mosquito nets were. They were covered with these really ugly spiders! Although all of them were quite small (about thumb-size), they were so ugly I could not help but be worried about them. (It was my first time in Thailand AND I hate bugs. What a bad combo.)

Anyways, I tried to sleep that night, but I couldn't, as the mosquito net I had was full of holes. My ass was being chewed up by these mozi's and being walked on by these ugly-ass spiders. It was a nightmare. The next day, while emptying my bowels of that morning's rather spicy breakfast, I encountered a gruesome-looking millipede. I nearly ran out of the bathroom and through the temple ass-naked. I calmed myself and pushed the millipede out with my shoe.

When I was in my room, I encountered my most fearsome foe yet. I was reading a book, just chilling, trying to forget last night's horrible sleep, when a bug about the size of a roll of quarters flew threw my screen-less window and landed on my suitcase lying next to me. It was bright yellow and looked sort of like a beetle, it just had a bigger head and was bigger than any beetle I have seen in the States. For those who know me, they are probably laughing there asses off right now. You see, I have this thing that when I am surprised by anything I tend to yell "This motherfucker!" pretty loudly. Well... this time was no different. My neighbor, an old Danish guy, ran into my room and asked me what was wrong. I was still in shock from this massive bug when I turned to him and, smiling, I said "Dude, look at Godzilla!"

Needless to say, I got that sumbitch out of my room as fast as I could. To this day, no word of a lie, I still have a nasty white stain on my suitcase from where I crushed the tail-end of it. I slapped it out the window as it tried to get away and I never saw it again. Not like I ever gave it a chance. I left the temple an hour after that.

Peace out,
Joel Serrano

22. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

The whole thing about best ways to kill cockroaches....dunno if this is an urban myth or what but ill tell you guys anyway!!!!!
When I was working in Spain there was super cockroach problems,they were huge monsters!Didnt really encounter many in the daytime,but everynight when I used to get home from work, the coridoors and lift up to my apartment was pitch black, so I had a little torch, and they used to be crawling all over the place!!!!So big!Then every morning when I used to get up and go out you would see them all lying squashed over the floors and lifts!Next thing they would be gone coz this little guy called Juan used to come and scrape them up!!!!
I used to tell my boss and she said the worst thing you can do is squash them,it may kill the actual beast but the eggs cling on and fester away!!!!She also said that when you squash them they emit some sort of sound, we cant hear it but it attracts other cockroaches!and i think she was right, whenever one was squashed more came!!!!Best thing to do if its just one or 2 try to scoop it out the window or something but if you get some kinda infestation go and invest in some of the special powder to get rid of them coz they aint the most pleasant creatures!!!!
Thanks for the tip on the lizards guys!!!I shall be sure to lure them into my room to keep any other horrid undesirables away!!!Your all so brave tackling tarantulas, weird ugly spiders and brown snakes!!!!!!

23. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I've been reading way too many of these "Bug Stories." This morning, after getting in my car, I went to put the window down and there was a leaf on the button, and it scared the hell out of me! I thought it was some kind of poisonous spider or something.

24. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

A few weeks ago i was in Cambodia when one of the girls i was sharing a room with came out of the toilet looking absolutely shellshocked and said 'guys, something really strange just happened in there'.

It turns out that she'd noticed a little bug (with antennae apparently) in what she'd deposited in the loo. we all had dodgy stomachs at the time so we all took doxycyline as it's an antibiotic for lots of different parasites, as we'd all been eating and doing the same things it was likely that if one of us had it, we all would.

fortunately no more bugs were to be seen again!

25. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Staying in a caravan in Oz this year, I was woken up by rolling over onto an enormous cockroach.

26. Posted by maddave (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

When I was in Malaysia staying in a place called the Goverment Rest house. A majestic old hotel on the top of a mountain, which, in its day would have probably been plush enough for the queen, but over the years had run in to complete disrepair. Anyway, myself and my sister where getting read for bed when out of the corner of my eye I see something scamping across the floor at high speed! Both of us jump on to the bed to see the little critter scamping back the other way. Managed to catch a glimpse of the blighter as he scamped the other way again to see it was a rather large, yet cute, mouse! We couldn't have this in our room all night so phoned down to reception who sent a small lad with the biggest mouse trap I have ever seen. It was a huge cage nearly as big as the boy carrying it, who proceeded to chase this mouse around our room. If I had any benny hill music on tape and the means to play it I would have done, it was that comical!! Anyway, after much running around and being joined by a few ladies in bikinis, the mouse made a dash out to hall way, where we said so long and never saw him again. Poor little blighter!

27. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I kept ignoring this thread. I didnt want to read it. I did today.

Seriously, I'm able for blood and guts and gore and people's heads falling off, but I cant handle this.

Oh god, how am I going to go travlling without a guy to take care of this stuff.

28. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Oh god, how am I going to go travlling without a guy to take care of this stuff.

You could always invest in a space suit. It zips up tightly to keep out the elements and the pests, and can be temperature controlled. Plus the tinted helmet will protect you from UV rays.

That's what I'd do if I knew there were bugs the size of Utah running about.

29. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

I kept ignoring this thread. I didnt want to read it. I did today.

Seriously, I'm able for blood and guts and gore and people's heads falling off, but I cant handle this.

Oh god, how am I going to go travlling without a guy to take care of this stuff.

Just think soon you'll have your own "Bug Stories" to share .

30. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

While we're on the issue of bugs...

I came across something recently called the Mosi-Go Plug In (or something to that effect). Apparently, you just pull this into a socket and it should repel all types of insects for 8-10 hours.

Does anyone have any experience of using these? Are they just a load of &*^%?