That Itchy Feeling

Talking about being forced into temporary accommodation in Recipe for Payback, if you stay in a hotel, guest house, or even at someone’s place, there is always a chance you will bring home slightly more than you bargained for.

I’m talking about BED BUGS.

ImageCatching one can be as simple as sitting on someone’s settee (sofa) or even just putting your bag down onto the carpet and one crawls onto / into your gear.

So what’s the danger? Apparently Nothing!
Firstly It is claimed that they do not carry diseases.
What they do is make you BLEED and that opens a path for other not so nice things into your body. Their bites cause itching, you scratch with dirty nails, you introduce “bugs”.

Bottom line is they are a possible cause of illness.

Survival Strategy for bugs
I always carry a container of permethrin.
IT IS A CHEMICAL INSECTICIDE, a synthetic version of pyrethrin which is a natural organic compound normally derived from Chrysanthemum.

Worried about my magic dust?
Your skin metabolizes, or breaks down Permethrin within fifteen minutes of contact with skin. Therefore, it is of no value as an insect repellent when applied to the skin. It does however work a treat on clothing! When I am going to walk in a TICK ZONE, I heavily sprinkle and rub my leggings with Permethrin. They land, they touch, they die!

Having said all that, it’s up to you if you want to use it BUT it also helps to deter fleas, ants, and ticks. I use a simple ant powder version. Not strong enough for the “meatiest” of bugs BUT “Every little helps”.

First rule
It doesn’t matter if a place is spotlessly clean or “rancid”,  these things like dark places, crevasses, warmth, and human blood.
Attack the mattress on arrival with my magic “sprinkle dust” Permethrin. Sprinkle everything! Under, over, and behind. It will help BUT IS NOT 100% effective. Wait for at least 15 minutes before use.

Second rule
Cover the bedding with your own tight weave sheet. They cannot burrow through so a sheet will help to stop them. Don’t forget the pillows! You can also buy Permethrin impregnated clothing and sheets. It works by bonding to the fibers. When a tick or other insect comes into contact with the Permethrin it absorbs a dose that will either repel or kill the insect. It is also used in military clothing.

Third rule
Light and fresh air discourages them. Keep everything open and bright. Turn back beds, turn out bags and hang to air in the light.

Rule Four.
Clothing? Common sense should be kicking in here. Hang your stuff from a line or at least put it on an impermeable surface.
Your Boots? They are crawlers, they like the dark, they like un-aired and damp.

When Bitten.

  • Watch for the bed bug’s unique bite pattern. Although some bites may appear alone, most bites occur in a row of 3 to 5 bites.
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  • To treat use a OTC steroidal anti-itch cream that contains hydro-cortisone or cortisone. 
  • Other cheaper treatments include baking power paste or lemon juice.

And finally.
These horrible things are everywhere. What I do is I keep a sheet in a pillow case well dusted with permethrin. A quick “hold the breath” and shake out, the sheet goes onto the bed with the pillows UNDER the sheet.

ALWAYS CARRY
PERMETHRIN

premethrinIts cheap, easy to use,
and works for me.

Example makes include NIPPON ANT KILLER POWDER which contains permethrin (0.488%) on a talc base. CAUTION TOXIC TO CATS.

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2 Responses to That Itchy Feeling

  1. When the end of the world comes, I’m not sure if bed bugs will be my top priority. If I’m killed by something that rediculous, well, it was my time to go.

    • Missing the point a bit there my friend.
      1. Bed bugs are said to NOT TO carry anything nasty BUT they cause you to bleed and thus open the skin to possible contagions.
      2. Their bites also make you itch, you scratch with dirty hands, that could also introduce contagions into the body.

      Personal health has always been a priority for me as looking after the little things in life is better than having to deal with something significant like tetanus and the other wide range of nasties out there.

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