filthy creatures they are, i think i would prefer to stay in a place the had mice and i tell you im not fond of mice.
people can often mistake the bites for mosquito bites , as they only appear sometimes 12 hours or even a day or so later. but you have a row of bites together , get out of that hotel!
the little monsters, feed on you for five minutes or so, and when you brush them away in your sleep they recomence a short distance away, this can happen anywhere from 2 or 3 times to a row of 13 or 14 bites.
i stayed in a hostel in santiago, chile that had an infestation, the problem was that all of the duvets had dark navy covers which would be thrown on the ground in a heap while the cleaning girl replaced the sheets, then the duvets were put back on the beds unwashed. this enabled the bugs to get into almost every bed in every room.
when we told them, they had the place fumigated and we thaught the problem would go away, the next day there were more bites appearing. they said, oh thats because the bugs are still alive but they are dying.. i found some bugs and showed the staff.. they had the place fumigated again! and still the problem didnt stop .. in the mean time i had dome someresearch on the itnernet and had reduced the problem to almost nothign for myself but the rest of the people were getting bitten.
Do you have any personal tips for avoiding or getting ride of bed bugs?
I suppose the type of bug repellant that would prevent mosquitos from biting would also prevent bed bugs from biting.
tried, that.... you will still get bitten.
if your staying in a hotel and for some reason you have to stay there and cannot go anywhere else, and have already told management and they have done everything they can to sort it and have failed...
then its time to start killing them one by one. (the bugs.. not the hotel staff hehe)which is fairly effective, it doesnt take many to make your life hell and a big one will cause a lot of damage, so look for them and kill as many as you can.
change all the covers, take away any dark covers , if the duvet cover is dark take it off and leave the white inside part only. same with pillowcase.
turn over the mattress and inspect it, around the seems and edges especially, check the bed .. these guys tend to prefer wood than steel or plastic, and are extremely flat and can fit in between the cracks, if you reckon the hotel staff wouldnt be comfortable with you taking the bed apart, then just leave the bed frame exposed to sunlight for the day and the matress on its side so everything is as exposed as possible.
then make the bed before you go to sleep. tuck in the sheets tight around the edges and sleep with a sleeping bag liner and wear some tight clothes to cover your body but not anything complicated like a jacket because they can get into parts of that too and be transferred with you to another place.
also keep in mind that they are shy to light and always come out one hour before sunrise. so set your light to come on 2 hours before sunrise and that may scare them off, coupled with the brightness of the white sheets.
oh ... and always keep your belongings away from the bed and off the ground , and bags closed .
but as i said.. if you get bitten by one of those things, your crazy not to just leave the hotel.