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    Backpackers deny they're bed bug spreaders

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    Foreign backpackers deny they're bed bug spreaders

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    Foreign backpackers say they are disgusted by bed bugs, but even more disgusted by the suggestion they are the ones carrying the insects onto trains. Many foreign backpackers waiting for trains at Hua Lampong station yesterday conceded they knew little about bed bug infestations on trains.

    They said the thought of bed bugs crawling on the velvety seats of long-haul trains and biting passengers while they dozed off was truly off-putting.

    But to be accused of carrying the blood-sucking bugs on to trains was even more disgusting, said many foreign backpackers interviewed yesterday by the Bangkok Post at the train terminal.

    Transport Minister Santi Prompat said yesterday the bugs may have jumped onto travellers' backpacks during forest treks and then found new homes in the cosy seats of the trains. He said the velvet-covered seats and cool temperatures contributed to make the trains a fertile breeding ground for the insects.

    Many passengers on the Daewoo diesel trains on some northeastern lines have complained about bed bug bites.

    Denise Russell, 18, from Scotland, said the bed bug story was ''disgusting and terrible''.

    She always cleaned her bags and clothes, she said. It was the duty of the railway authorities to keep the train carriages thoroughly clean and hygienic.

    A group of young foreign backpackers looked offended when asked to comment on the minister's theory.

    ''Look in your own bag. Any bugs in there?'' said a girl in the group, who did not give her name.

    American Sean Vaughan-Housman, 23, said he had not heard the news about the train beg bugs, but added he had come across the insects at a guesthouse.

    But it may be unfair to point the finger at backpackers for the infestation of bugs on the trains, he said. .

    Sawittee Malaipan, an entomologist at Kasetsart University, said some foreigners, including refugees and tourists, did not like to take baths and so they attracted the insects.

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    Re: Foreign backpackers deny they're bed bug spreaders

    Transport Minister Santi Prompat said yesterday the bugs may have jumped onto travellers' backpacks during forest treks and then found new homes in the cosy seats of the trains. He said the velvet-covered seats and cool temperatures contributed to make the trains a fertile breeding ground for the insects.
    It is an irresponsible remark. The minister should provide concrete evidence to back his claims. If he wants to stir a hornets' nest, he must be prepared to be stung.

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    Re: Foreign backpackers deny they're bed bug spreaders

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    Sawittee Malaipan, an entomologist at Kasetsart University, said some foreigners, including refugees and tourists, did not like to take baths and so they attracted the insects.
    This is pure stereotyping bordering on racism from someone that is supposed to be educated.

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    Re: Foreign backpackers deny they're bed bug spreaders

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    Transport Minister Santi Prompat said yesterday the bugs may have jumped onto travellers' backpacks during forest treks and then found new homes in the cosy seats of the trains. He said the velvet-covered seats and cool temperatures contributed to make the trains a fertile breeding ground for the insects.
    Bed bugs do not live in forests! And neither can they jump or fly, they would have to walk on to a person to be transferred.

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    Sawittee Malaipan, an entomologist at Kasetsart University, said some foreigners, including refugees and tourists, did not like to take baths and so they attracted the insects.
    Bed bugs are not attracted by dirt, they are attracted by warmth and carbon dioxide.

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    Re: Foreign backpackers deny they're bed bug spreaders

    well you know they are spreading them anyway, and pobly pants rabbits too, or crotch crickets,, SE Asians ain't hairy enough to harbor such vile things..

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    Re: Foreign backpackers deny they're bed bug spreaders

    Just fired off a letter to "Bangkok Post" incorporating David's and my own observations.

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    Re: Foreign backpackers deny they're bed bug spreaders

    Originally Posted by Khun Don
    Sawittee Malaipan, an entomologist at Kasetsart University, said some foreigners, including refugees and tourists, did not like to take baths and so they attracted the insects.
    Stuff like this coming out of universitys shows just what you can expect from a Thai education too.

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    Re: Foreign backpackers deny they're bed bug spreaders

    The culprit as charged...

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    Re: Foreign backpackers deny they're bed bug spreaders

    whoever is spreading bedbugs, or lice, or whatever, the trains should be cleaned and disinfected regularly, instead of looking for an easy target to blame.

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    Re: Backpackers deny they're bed bug spreaders

    I have seen many times a bias towards foriegn backpackers by Thais in Thailand: "bag people" is the term associated most of the time.

    I have also personally seen several "bag people" that appeared so wild and wooly it left them looking pre-historic. Some have cleared areas of 2-3 meters with their terrible body-oders. These are also the kind of "bag people" that ride in Third Class on the trains where there is only a plastic bench to sit on.

    Most of the bias comes from the "bag people" being Foreigners in the first place. For Thais the idea is that all Farangs are rich and the only reason "bag people" would travel this way is because they are Cheap.
    I have also seen that a Farang smile and a soft attitude will push aside any Thai bias very quickly.

    A bed bug colony (infestation) takes time to develope and and usually takes several vists from a host before a colony will survive after the host has left (unlike lice infestation). Travelers on the move are not a very good carrier of bed bugs.

    I might be more inclined to think the original colony was introduced mischeiviously.
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