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1. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 12y

Ok, so I managed to get through China fine, but I'm getting eaten alive during the night in Malaysia!

First time I got mauled over my back, shoulders and arms. Very irritating and sore. I was sleeping under a mosquito net with a mosquito coil burning and 25% deet on at the time so pretty sure bedbugs were the nasty culprits. Checked on the internet how to detect the blighters and am now scrupulous on checking matresses everywhere we stay. All was going well until we got to another hostel, did the routine check, nothing there, and woke up looking like I had measles from the bites.

My boyfriend stays in the same bed and only gets one or two little bites and mine all swell up and itch, it's so unfair! I now sleep fully clothed, doused in deet and am taking vitamen B tablets to deter them. Does anyone have any other suggestions for effective "pest control"?

2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 12y

i used to always have a similar problem, now i have to spray the bed with 100 %deet, then myself, sleep fully cloathed and bring my own sleeping bag........ its a pain in the neck but now instead of looking like i should be in hospital i only get about a handful of bites at the most

3. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 12y

Thanks for the encouraging prospect!

4. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 12y

Instead of bringing a sleeping bag (pain in the a**) you can buy a silk lining for a sleeping bag. They cost about 35 euro but they fold up into a bag the size a fist.
Theyre fantastic cause they keep you warm in the cold and cool in the heat.
youll still get a few bites, but it sasves you lugging a sleeping bag across the planet.

5. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 12y

I will be traveling in SE Asia (remote villages) in April/May so I love all this helpful tips avoid BEDBUGS. Keep them coming!

6. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 11y

Apparently odourless garlic capsules ward of biting nasty insects and bugs!A friend of mine who has serious problems with getting bitten recently went to Alaska and the doctor reccommended taking these garlic tablets 2 weeks before you go and throughout your stay!!!!She said it really worked, so ill be def trying these out on my upcoming trip as i always get eaten alive!!!

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hi Philippa!

Another possible culprit that will not be affected by the mosquito coil and/or 25% DEET, is the pesky flea. They usually hang out toward the foot of the bed, biting ankles and calves, but do like to hide in pillows also. You won't necessarily see them during a "bed check", as they hide in cracks and crevices in the floors and walls. They emerge at night to do their snacking. Because they are jumpers, but fliers, they can climb the mosquito netting.

As Twinkle has stated, odorless garlic capsules will help whether it is bedbugs or fleas. If possible, also upgrade your DEET to at least a 50% formula. It will be more effective against these 2 insects and the mosquitoes. A waterproof DEET product is best. If you become overly warm at night and begin to sweat - you will be "washing off" or diluting your repellent, rendering it less effective.

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Make that jumpers, NOT fliers...

9. Posted by pinkey08 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

My mum and I found a great way of avoiding bedbugs. We gave the maids all the free bottles of wine we were getting in return for fresh linen everyday.