We had a team building in Morong, Bataan and stayed in a dorm room. When I went home, I noticed the frequent itchiness of upper arms and thighs. At first, I thought I was just allergic to my new whitening soap, so I stopped using it for a week, but itchiness was still present after that. I still got rashes like beehives especially under my thighs! It was gross.
So, it wasn’t my soap. I later found out that it wasn’t just me who experienced itching but some of my co-workers too. All of a sudden, I remembered that I put my all of my things on top of our bed and started to realize that bed bugs possibly crawled my backpack and invaded my cozy bedroom when I went home. Until now, I experience itchiness from time to time.
I decided to do a general cleaning of my room, and while I was on the process of sweeping the floor, I saw numerous tiny bugs coming from my backpack so I vacuumed it. I started to realize that bed bugs don’t just love beds but bags and other inanimate objects.
Here’s my 4-Month battle with bed bugs:
Traveled to Morong, Batan (Team building)
May to June
Mild itchiness started.
Ignored the sensation thinking my skin was just trying to adjust to my new whitening soap.
Noticed a gross beehive rashes under my things.
Did a general cleaning as realized that itchiness was no longer normal and becoming intense.
Took anti-allergic medication.
Itching became extreme to the point of taking a bath twice a day.
Started itching at work as well and realized that it invaded my clothing.
Started vacuuming the floor instead of sweeping.
Occasional to mild itchiness; sprayed Baygon again
Itchiness gone, though with occasional rashes.
Note: Spraying Baygon was just suggested by my father.
Upon thorough researching, bed bugs loves beds in hostels or dorms. Although, be careful of hotels too, as lately, there were tourists which reportedly died in one of the hotels in Chiang Mai, Thailand which linked to bed bugs pesticide poisoning.
How about you? Have bitten by a bed bug in one of your travels?
Photo of 3-D bed and bag from Wikihow.