Ah, petroleum jelly(4 posts)
I enjoy playing video games late at night, so it's not surprising that I have some bugs near here. It's also why most of my new bites have been on my hands and feet. So, tonight, I've coated my arms and feet with petroleum jelly.
...just caught and crushed one. It makes me feel better.
Does petroleum jelly help? Do others recommend putting it on your body? Does it really help?
Petroleum jelly works as a temporary deterrent on surfaces because it's slippery enough that the bugs cannot climb up a chair or bed leg that's been covered in it.
However, it does not work as an effective deterrent on people. There are no repellents that are known to be effective on deterring bed bugs from biting a person if they are hungry enough. This is unfortunate but true.
It might somewhat slow the bugs down while a person's awake (as someone playing video games would be), but I doubt it would work while we slept, esp. since inevitably some spots that came into contact with the sheets would have the jelly wear off, and the bugs would simply go there to feed.
Although I'm sure you'd have really soft skin afterwards.
Exactly what buggyinsocal said. The petroleum jelly is there to get the bugs slowed down enough so I can feel them/see them before they manage to get to me. It only works if there is a thick and active layer on me. Just a little shine of it won't do much.
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