The first hostel to have a snorer only room will rake it in - watch this space! Bed Bugs, Bad Ratings, Room Parties and Chaos. And there's the dreaded bed bugs. If one thing is going to completely ruin a few days of backpacking it's those little buggers.
Bed bugs don't get killed on the first attempt and you really shouldn't trust proprietors claiming that their hostel is bed bug free in light of obvious attempts at a hasty extermination. If you can afford to carry, get a black light. It is easier to spot bed bugs and other germs and insects using such black light.
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Bed bugs are actually pretty amazing little critters! Here are some quick facts for you: Bed bugs can survive for up to a year without food, particularly when it is cold. They can survive temperatures ranges down to around -32C and up to 45C. When it is cold, they go into a sort of hibernation, and pop out of it when it warms up.
1 Bed Bug Background Bed bugs are wingless creatures that measure about 3/8 - 1/4 inches long. That is very small. The most distinguishing parts I have found about them is their red brown color and they are very flat. Pictures do not do them justice.
Bed bugs don't strike hostels more often than hotels or other types of accommodation. When bed bugs hit a hostel dorm room more people are affected than in one hotel room. Most hostels and hotels take bed bugs very seriously and will fumigate regularly, I have known some to do it as often as weekly, this isn't a bad thing or a sign of