Last year when my girlfriend and her friends, returned from Costa Rica with a souvenir case of “bed bugs”, it threw my traveler’s hypochondria into a panic. I was nearing my Thailand trip and my budget agenda entailed hostels, guesthouses and trekking in the mountains.
Mosquitoes, bed bugs, head lice,… oh my!
Knowing that a travel buddy had fallen- despite her own safety precautions- warranted a call to my travel doctor for possible bed bug solutions. Until then, I carried little travel- sized bottles of Febreze (one travel friend I know would pack a Lysol can), knowing that while it might not kill anything more than bacterial odor and germs, it would definitely lend some piece of mind to my slumber.
Here are 2 travel doctor recommendations for preventing nasty travel bugs:
This comes as either a spray-pump, spray bottle or aerosol that lets you administer water-proof bug repellent to your clothing, sleeping liner, bags, etc… to keep away mosquitos and travel bugs. It does something similar to mosquito repellent and Ex-Officio BugAway clothing and lasts up to 6 washes. Unfortunately, Permethrin is a toxic agent, so try not to get it on your skin. Read more FAQ here.
It’s definitely not a “spray on your bed and immediately roll around in” type of thing. After you spray it, you have to let it dry. This only treats clothing material and it is advised to apply Deet repellent to your skin in addition. You can find it on Amazon here.
This is an exciting “off-the-record” medical tip I received from both, my travel doctor and nurse.
Sol-U-Mel is not sold in stores (it’s sold a bit like Amway, but occasionally you can find some sellers onlline). Nurses and moms swear by it, as an effective all-purpose (‘problem-solving’) agent. Not only can it “kill bugs dead” but does so gently and without hurting you.
You can apply its spray to your skin, clothing or surrounding areas. The concentrated cleaner is eco-friendly, made from Melaleuca (or concentrated Tea Tree oil) and can be diluted for use as a spray. It can cut through the toughest stains, kill germs and odors, be used as a laundry detergent and it is rumored to be able to remove Sharpie pen marks from a scribbled photo, without damaging the photo itself.
Most of all for my traveling needs, it repels or kills almost any bug- from ticks, head lice, bed bugs, dust mites and mosquitoes.
Pretty brilliant, eh?
Currently it’s on my order list, so if anyone has used it, let me know what you think of it!
Here’s a wonderful post on Sol-U-Mel ‘s effectiveness:101 Uses for Sol-U-Mel