Subject: Bed Bugs Hello Stephen, Thank you for your great website! I will be walking the Camino de Santiago next month (Spain) and am trying to figure out how to best prepare for the bed bug situation that is sometimes a problem at the pilgrim hostels along the way. I was just reading over the bed bug chapter and wondering if you might have a recommendation for avoiding bed bugs when staying at the hostels. Some people have used premrethrin treated sheets with great success, but that probably won’t work for me as I am very chemically sensitive. I was planning to bring vaseline, DE, and lavender essential oil, but am wanting to add a few more things to help with this. Do you have any other suggestions that might be effective bed bug deterrents? I leave in just 10 days and would need to order or buy something soon. I appreciate any additional input you might have. All the best, Jill Dear Jill, Bed Bugs will crush with very little effort or force, but be careful when squishing them; they will squirt blood out. Sleeping with the light on, putting baby oil on after applying alcohol, tying your hair back, saturating the bed legs with petroleum jelly or tea tree oil are a few ideas to keep be bugs away. Diatomaceous earth (DE) lightly sprinkled will repel and/or kill them. Bed bugs feed at night so it may be easier to hunt for them in the dark with a flashlight. If you can, you may want to try to leave the light on for as long as possible when you go to sleep at night or not turn it off at all; that will sometimes lessen the possibility of being bitten during the night. The best cream or lotion or gel to use against the bites and itch is the Benadryl spray or anything with diphenhydramine as the main anti-itch ingredient. Calamine lotion doesn’t work so well but the diphenhydramine works great on contact and will be your best bet in suppressing the itch, and it doesn’t leave any pink blotches on your skin! Never forget that direct sunlight is a good method to get rid of the bed bugs. On a warm, sunny day, bring all the drawers and items from your closet, sofas, and bed, comforters, pillows, rugs and drapes etc in your back yard, for 4 to 5 hours of direct sunlight. The bugs will leave your stuff and crawl into the grass for shade. Have a great trip! Steve

Subject: Bed Bugs Hello Stephen, Thank you for your great website! I will be walking the Camino de Santiago next month (Spain) and am trying to figure out how to best prepare for the bed bug situation that is sometimes a problem at the pilgrim hostels along the way. I was just reading over the bed bug chapter and wondering if you might have a recommendation for avoiding bed bugs when staying at the hostels. Some people have used premrethrin treated sheets with great success, but that probably won’t work for me as I am very chemically sensitive. I was planning to bring vaseline, DE, and lavender essential oil, but am wanting to add a few more things to help with this. Do you have any other suggestions that might be effective bed bug deterrents? I leave in just 10 days and would need to order or buy something soon. I appreciate any additional input you might have. All the best, Jill Dear Jill, Bed Bugs will crush with very little effort or force, but be careful when squishing them; they will squirt blood out. Sleeping with the light on, putting baby oil on after applying alcohol, tying your hair back, saturating the bed legs with petroleum jelly or tea tree oil are a few ideas to keep be bugs away. Diatomaceous earth (DE) lightly sprinkled will repel and/or kill them. Bed bugs feed at night so it may be easier to hunt for them in the dark with a flashlight. If you can, you may want to try to leave the light on for as long as possible when you go to sleep at night or not turn it off at all; that will sometimes lessen the possibility of being bitten during the night. The best cream or lotion or gel to use against the bites and itch is the Benadryl spray or anything with diphenhydramine as the main anti-itch ingredient. Calamine lotion doesn’t work so well but the diphenhydramine works great on contact and will be your best bet in suppressing the itch, and it doesn’t leave any pink blotches on your skin! Never forget that direct sunlight is a good method to get rid of the bed bugs. On a warm, sunny day, bring all the drawers and items from your closet, sofas, and bed, comforters, pillows, rugs and drapes etc in your back yard, for 4 to 5 hours of direct sunlight. The bugs will leave your stuff and crawl into the grass for shade. Have a great trip! Steve

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2 Comments
  • Mike Seeman
    Posted at 05:22h, 29 September

    Hi, my friend Karen in Los Angeles told me about your sight and great sense of humor.i read a readers question regarding a much anticipated trip to Spain and his desire to bring a larger arsenal to fight bed bugs of the night the wide section on the left side was unreadable. It apparently has some other form of bug.

    • Steve Tvedten
      Posted at 10:36h, 04 October

      Hi Mike,
      Sorry that you were unable to read/view it? We will have to check into the other form of “bug”. ;/
      You can also check out Steve’s manual “The Best Control II” it is located at http://www.thebestcontrol2.com. The manual has information on many different pests, including a chapter on Bed Bugs.
      Thank you for checking out our site! Have a wonderful day!