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  1. lgraham

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    Hi all,

    Just woke up with bedbugs in a hostel I was staying at in a small village high up in the Indian Himalayas. I need to get the bed bugs out of my clothing and gear, but the village I am in does not have any washer or dryer systems to do the typical bed bug killing treatments. Does anyone have any other suggestions for effective ways to get rid of the bed bugs in such a situation?

    Thanks a ton!

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    Mon Dec 26 2016 23:05:24
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    The best you can do is put them in giant ziplock bags. Or if you cant find any big enough, double bag them in new bags. Maybe you can try borrow an iron for any clothes you wear out. And iron might work enough for thin clothes. Then when you get to a city go to a laundromat and hot wash hot dry 2x. I wouldn't risk bringing home any luggage or cloth bags unless you have a packtite. You would either need to trash it or seal it up for 18 months.

    I'm not an expert. Just sharing what I learned from my experience.
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    I don't know what is available there to be used. I agree with the other poster who suggested using ziplock bags. Maybe you could quarantine any suspectedly infested items until you could get to an area with more resources. I wash my clothes and bedding with borax as well as detergent and, a hot 30 minute dry in a dryer. You also could use tea tree oil or neem oil on a cloth in a bag with the infested item for several hours or overnight. For non-washables like shoes, etc this could kill the critters. You could do the same inside your luggage. Rig up a cloth with tea tree or neem oil. You could also use cedar and/or peppermint oil. These could all be used prior to putting anything in your luggage for an overnight treatment. The other thing to remember is that these bugs don't fly or jump so they only crawl. I have recently discovered that BB's can't manuever up something shiny and smooth like glass or mirror. Tape wrapped around chair legs should keep them away. Just clear packing tape is what I use. You can also use two-sided tape. Vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and bleach also offer varying levels of PAIN and DEATH!!! (or just off-putting for the smell > vinegar<).

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    I don't know what is available there to be used. I agree with the other poster who suggested using ziplock bags. Maybe you could quarantine any suspectedly infested items until you could get to an area with more resources. I wash my clothes and bedding with borax as well as detergent and, a hot 30 minute dry in a dryer. You also could use tea tree oil or neem oil on a cloth in a bag with the infested item for several hours or overnight. For non-washables like shoes, etc this could kill the critters. You could do the same inside your luggage. Rig up a cloth with tea tree or neem oil. You could also use cedar and/or peppermint oil. These could all be used prior to putting anything in your luggage for an overnight treatment. The other thing to remember is that these bugs don't fly or jump so they only crawl. I have recently discovered that BB's can't manuever up something shiny and smooth like glass or mirror. Tape wrapped around chair legs should keep them away. Just clear packing tape is what I use. You can also use two-sided tape. Vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and bleach also offer varying levels of PAIN and DEATH!!! (or just off-putting for the smell > vinegar<).

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    AFAIK, borax, tea tree oil, tape, vinegar and bleach are not proven to be effective against bed bugs. Rubbing alcohol must be 92% or higher and only kills them on contact (no residual effect). It is also highly flammable.

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    Hi,

    Best advice is find somewhere to soak your clothes in boiling water. With bed bugs it's wash above 60 C or extended high heat tumble, it does not need to be both.

    I would also be very cautious of well meaning but useless advice not supported in the FAQ section.

    Hope that helps.

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    Heaters, dryers, ziplock bags etc. are hard to come by in the himalayan areas. I'd suggest dunking your clothes in a huge tub/ vat of water and boiling the same, followed by air drying. Hopefully that should help in the short term till you can get your hands on things that allow for conventional treatment.

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