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Kill 'Em All I am afraid that the usual repellents for mosquitoes and the like will not work for bedbugs. I am also sure that your hands-on experience on the topic testifies this, since I bet you have already tried this solution. :) There are however a number of commercially available bed bug sprays, ranging from extremely powerful and harmuful for humans, ...


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Not quite -- the bees are not eaten, but it is possible to eat their larvae (はちのこ/蜂の子 hachinoko, lit. "bee children"). Here's the process of preparation documented in detail (in Japanese, but with pictures). This is by no means a common dish (in fact I'd never heard of it before I started looking into this!), but apparently in the Tono region of Gifu ...


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I have traveled to China about 10 times now as my wife was born there. If you are not spending your time in air-conditioned hotels and doing some independent travel I seriously suggest you take some repellant. It really depends in China where you are as to what sort of things you can buy; cities are expanding all the time; if you are in a newer section of ...


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I wouldn't bet on a mosquito net being available in any low cost options. As for the mosquitoes, it really depends on the season and the city you are travelling to. Some cities/towns just naturally don't have a lot of mosquitoes in any of the seasons. Since one can't be sure of the guarantee of the availability of a mosquito net (and of those that are ...


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After travelling around India last year, I wouldn't bet on a mosquito net in hotels - most don't have one. Midrange hotels (still reasonably priced for Western standards) often offer aircon, so nets are theoretically not necessary - but even then we usually had at least one mosquito in the room. I don't think I would invest in a mosquito net though, consider ...


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If you have to put up with it, WikiHow has an article that summarises how to relieve the bites. I was researching this back in July for my first bugs experience :/ They cover a few steps: Detect bite(s) Take a shower immediately, using antibacterial soap - helps relieve itching Apply either an anti-septic cream or lotion Rub ice cubes to a) stop swelling ...


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I have the unfortunate combination of being very sensitive to bed bugs (bites while sleeping wake me in about 30 seconds, sometimes quickly enough to catch the bug red-jawed, then consistently swell about 2-3cm in diameter...) and travelling a lot recently in parts of Africa and London that have bed bug problems. On the plus side, it means I can answer this ...


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We have this question over on the Outdoors Stack Exchange: https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/132/what-can-i-do-about-those-obnoxious-biting-flies/143 Avon Skin So Soft is still the product I take with me any time I am up the west coast. I also tend to wear a midge net on my hat. Better more prevention than less:)


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I have always been recommended to look for a repellent that contains Deet as this is the most effective agent in repelling midges. However, in practice I find these repellents only work for a short time and you are back to getting eaten again quite quickly. Some old wives' tales claim that bog myrtle leaves, crushed and rubbed on the skin to give off their ...


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The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and lemon eucalyptus oil (active ingredient being p-menthane 3,8-diol). There was also apparently a claim that catnip is 10x more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes, but I've never encountered any catnip-based repellents. Outdoor retailer REI has a pretty thorough comparison ...


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100% DEET is certainly very effective, but it's hard on your skin. Try it but be prepared to back down to 25% or even 7%.


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Nets are light enough and cheap enough and malaria is nasty enough that carrying your own seems a sensible option. Taking a different approach, if you can tolerate it, a low dosage (100 mg/day) of doxycycline antibiotic is relatively effective against malaria in areas where quinine and quinine derivatives have become ineffective. Some people report various ...


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I just got back from Panama, and while it technically wasn't yet the rainy season, it was getting there. Here are some thing that might be helpful. Rainy season doesn't mean it rains all the time. It means frequent thundershowers. In between it can be warm and sunny It's very warm. The main difference that makes is that even if you get wet, you won't get ...


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There are health concerns, mostly related to the fact that they can carry infection on their feet and mouth parts as they will walk through all sorts of substances you would not want in your mouth, so cleaning food preparation or serving surfaces is recommended. They like dark crevices - especially in kitchens, where food could fall in cracks or under ...


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Malaria is particularly a risk to the south in Yunnan province (basically above south east asia) http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-%28east%29/china/china-malaria-map.aspx I've traveled in China, on several occasions and not really had any problems with mosquito's and I've traveled in Yunnan as well. That being said, the chances are that NO ...


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Some coworker went to a jungle tour in Thailand for 4 days or so. He said not washing and wearing the same clothes for the whole time he was on the tour worked much better for him than all the mosquito repellents the other tourists used :) True story!


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Bring your own supply of DEET based repellent but don't worry about it too much, especially this late in the season. I've never seen DEET here - I've been living in China for 6 years - though that doesn't mean it can't be found. It just means that I can't find it. Language problems are a big issue and something that is easy to find at home can take weeks of ...


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If you want the American point of view of each country then the State Department is the place to go. They do a profile on each country that seemingly has the information you are looking for.


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If you are travelling with a printed travel guide book they should all have a relevant section to address your concerns. For instance in Lonely Planet travel guides there will be a section called Dangers and annoyances. For Australian citizens there are "travel advisories" issued by the government. They seem to change their name from time to time for no ...


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I'm almost always check the websites of the ministries of foreign affairs of my neighboring countries. The reason that I choose neighboring countries is easy: my own country is too small to have such information. And I think neighboring countries have more or less the same safety standard and culture so that their evaluation of a safety situation in other ...


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We were up at Chichibu last weekend, and they were selling the Giant Sparrow Bees in a baby food jar in some kind of syrup and were told by the vendor that the stingers are removed and that the bees are Eaten after drinking the syrup. She demonstrated for us. They are supposedly food for building muscle and considered a delicacy


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DEET is pretty much the mosquito repellant of choice. The more of it there is, concentration wise, the less pleasant, so scale your concentration based on the risk of mosquito-borne disease. "Backyard party with friends" - probably a pretty low concentration. "Hell no, I will not be getting malaria while in Uganda" - I used 95% DEET. Stuff was vile, but it ...


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According to WHO reports, there are a substantial number of Malaria cases in Peru and Panama, and Costa Rica suffers from Dengue fever so it would seem advisable to be careful there. I don't think there are diseases spread by mosquitoes in Patagonia, but they can be very annoying nonetheless.


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Long story short I can't find specifics on the subject of bringing the insect shells or casings into the US through customs, however, all of this is subject to regulations by the State where you're going and APHIS. The page from APHIS mentions email address where you can send the question and find out whether or not it would be legal to bring a cicada ...


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I have been bitten when sleeping in a netted bed that was not roomy enough around the feet. I believe it was because my feet were touching the net. The net was tucked in, but the slope at the foot of the bed was too shallow so the net touched my feet. My solution: since I had mosquito repellent with me for the daytime, spray some on my feet for extra ...


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Most of the people won't have any reaction from what the news are saying. Then, it is really hard to know the long term impact of an infected mosquito bite. With regards to protections : There are a lot of products available to protect yourself from mosquito. Those are pretty effective. Then, an obvious protection is to leave the lowest possible number of ...


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