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Might we consider creating a page about various insects travellers may encounter (ticks, chiggers, mosquitos, bedbugs, lice, spiders, etc.) and move this information there? I'm not sure it's going to support a full article by itself... Texugo (talk) 15:20, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

Very much agree - start with a broad subject, and then sub-divide if/when needed. -- Ryan • (talk) • 15:49, 29 May 2013 (UTC)


Coming from Texas, I think the snakes section is a little too careless so far. I have come very close to being bitten by a rattlesnake before, and I don't think it's that terrible uncommon. Texugo (talk) 17:35, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

I was going from my own experience, that the only person in the township where I was living in Malaysia in the 70s who was bitten by a cobra was a woman who peed on one by mistake in the undergrowth. She survived, by the way. But by all means, make the text a little more suitably cautious. Ikan Kekek (talk) 17:45, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
Actually, I edited it. Ikan Kekek (talk) 20:31, 29 May 2013 (UTC)


Much like the snake section, the text around Wasps seems to suggest that only people with allergies need to concern wasps and bees. Possibly the author isn't aware of the dangerous wasps in east Asia or deadly bees in south America. We need to be really careful giving advice like this. --Andrewssi2 (talk) 08:35, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

Please edit accordingly. Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:14, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

One page or many?[edit]

Should we really have only one article about pests? Mosquitoes are in the process of being merged, making quite a long section. By having everything in one article we more or less force users to print or load all of it to read about the few pests relevant at their destination. What is the advantage?

I think it is much more handy to have one page per pest, given there is enough content to warrant the overhead (stubs should not be separated). Ticks and Mosquitoes are probably long enough for that, and about suitable length; some details could be removed, but some could be added.

--LPfi (talk) 10:35, 17 December 2013 (UTC)

Kinda looks like Mosquitoes should have their own article. Thoughts? 21:54, 8 August 2015 (UTC)
I have no strong feelings about that, but keep in mind that mosquitoes redirects to Pests#Mosquitoes, so it's not like people doing a search for information on those nasty little critters won't be able to easily find it on this site. Ikan Kekek (talk) 22:25, 9 August 2015 (UTC)

How to deal with bites[edit]

It seems like this article is good on descriptions of things that can bite you, but low on remediation for them.

On Talk:Iya_Valley somebody has placed some (I believe) incorrect advice to 'squeeze out' as much of the venom as possible, whereas most advice from the Internet (not a reliable doctor, but there seems to be consensus between the main results) for Wasps is that the the first thing to do is remove the stinger if you can. Try to squeeze out venom before doing this may cause the stinger to release more vemon.

Additionally, none of the main advise actually appears to recommend squeezing out the venom at all. It doesn't seem to help.

Would anyone disagree with this? Andrewssi2 (talk) 23:48, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

A first aid group over here use sugar cubes to extract the venom. I have no idea whether this is more generally established or recommended practice. Wasps do not normally leave the stinger (or am I mistaken about what insects are categorized as such?), as they need it, but bees will. They have a quite impressive venom container attached, so it should definitively be removed without squeezing. Treatment with hydrocortisone or similar could be suggested. --LPfi (talk) 21:15, 26 June 2017 (UTC)

Concern ; What's DEET?[edit]

DEET is mentioned here briefly, but there's not much information about what it is and how the traveller should use it. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 18:33, 26 June 2017 (UTC)

w:DEET is a common ingredient in insect repellents, reportedly quite effective. Pashley (talk) 19:13, 26 June 2017 (UTC)
@Pashley: Thanks for the heads up about Consumer Reports here. Yes, we test insect repellents, insect resistant clothing, and similar products. I need to sort Wikivoyage and sunscreen, then let me sort English Wikipedia and insect repellent, then I will come here to do something. This is a holiday season in the United States so I need a couple of weeks to sort this. Thanks for the tip. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:35, 30 June 2017 (UTC)
We have a section Pests#Permethrin-treated_fabrics. Should we also have one for insect repellents? Those are actually more common, I think.
Or perhaps put those & maybe other things, like sprays that claim to keep dogs away, on a separate page? Pashley (talk) 21:07, 30 June 2017 (UTC)