Bed bug paranoid

I just traveled to Vietnam and I discovered I stayed in a hotel with bed bugs. I've had the worst itching and hurtful bites ever, I have them all over my body.


I moved to another hotel immediately but I don't know if I might have taken with me some of the bugs, and I'm paranoid. I don't want them to spread into my apartment.

When I got home I washed all my clothes and sprayed my suitcase and personal stuff with an aerosol to kill insects (cockroaches, ants, mosquitoes)I am not sure if it kills bed bugs. Will this be enough?

I'm so paranoid and I don't know what to do. I live in Cambodia, so calling an exterminator is difficult (language especially) and not sure if the methods they will use are not going to be too chemical...what can I do? Please advice something that I can do on my own to prevent them from spreading.

Editor Suggestions: Killing Bed Bugs in Cambodia

Insect sprays must specifically be labeled for bed bugs. In this case, I doubt the product you used will be effective.

Here are some tips to help with the bed bug problem:

1. Be thorough. Start with the blankets and other linens. Wash in hot water followed by 20 to 30 minutes in the dryer. If you don't have access to a dryer. let air dry in the heat and inspect for bed bugs and bed bug eggs. Bed bugs require heat of 113F (45C) to be killed. Wash your clothes as well. If temperatures reach this level, place all of your belongings in the hot sun. An inside of a car can get this hot as well.

2.If you have a freezer, anything kept in the freezer for 5
days will be bed bug and bed bug egg free.

3.Steam will kill bed bugs. If you have a hand steamer, hold on each area for a few seconds. Steam all seams, buttons and around the labels on both sides of the bed. If you don't have a steamer, hold a hair dryer on high heat, low air on each part of the mattress for 30 seconds.

4. Treat (with heat or steam) the mattress, box spring, bed frame, inside and outside of all furniture, along the baseboards, around window sills etc.

5. Look for small white bed bug eggs. They can be removed with packing tape. Dispose in a plastic bag that is taped shut.

6. If you can, buy climbup interceptors under each bed leg. If you can't get them via mail order, put a small tin with a thin layer of mineral oil under each bed leg. Paste a piece of paper or cardboard to one side of the tin. The bed bugs will climb up the cardboard and fall into the tin. The mineral oil will kill the bed bugs.

7. If you can, but a luggage spray such as JTEaton Luggage and Mattress Spray. This will protect the luggage for 3 to 6 weeks.

8. Buy bed bug sprays online via Amazon.com. I'd suggest Sterifab which kills bed bugs and bed bug eggs on contact (mostly alcohol with a synthetic pyrethroid).

9. Buy fossil dust (also called diatomaceous earth or bed bug dust. If is often found in a local gardening store or hardware store. This a natural fine white powder that should be spread in a thin layer in bed seams, cracks and crevices. It sticks to bed bugs and eventually kills them.

I hope these bed bug tips help.

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