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Bedbugs - What is your blood type?

What is your blood type if you HAVE been bitten by bedbugs?


  • Total voters
    74
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
I'm just curious if bedbugs love any one particular blood type?

If you HAVE been bitten, PLEASE VOTE. Don't just tell me :)

PLEASE DO NOT VOTE UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN BITTEN.
Thanks.
 
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trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I voted. I'm A+, and have been bitten, but did not have a reaction.
 
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Pilgrim Office 2018, Hospitalero Acebo 2019
Ok. I have had them on me and they have woken me. Surely they have bitten me but I have not had a response to their bites. This is a good poll but you might want to separate bites with responses.
 

Turga

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
Interesting! I’m looking forward to the results of this survey. I haven’t been bitten (and I haven’t voted), so feel free to delete this post.

If blood type is a determining factor, it seems that the bugs should somehow be able to detect the type before they bite or, perhaps, bite and take a sip and then decide if they want the meal. Some research on mosquitoes has suggested, that scent is an important factor for attracting the insects, specifically the combination of CO2 and l-lactic acid (an isomer of lactic acid) and as the amount and composition of those substances can vary among different people, some may appear more attractive to the insect than others.
 

domigee

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Camino(s) past & future
2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
I think I am O+. I have been bitten on 2 occasions now ☹ and every time I reacted badly 🙄
 
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Interesting! I’m looking forward to the results of this survey. I haven’t been bitten (and I haven’t voted), so feel free to delete this post.

If blood type is a determining factor, it seems that the bugs should somehow be able to detect the type before they bite or, perhaps, bite and take a sip and then decide if they want the meal. Some research on mosquitoes has suggested, that scent is an important factor for attracting the insects, specifically the combination of CO2 and l-lactic acid (an isomer of lactic acid) and as the amount and composition of those substances can vary among different people, some may appear more attractive to the insect than others.
My sister was very attractive to mosquitos, while I was rarely bitten on our travels together...it was about a 7 to 1 ratio, so there must be something to it.
I like to take a "sip" before my meal, too... especially on the Camino.😉
 

C clearly

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Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
You should also note the percentage of blood types in the population, to see if it works out to be the same. Here are the blood types in Canada (numbers are rounded, from this source), which should give a reasonable cross-ethnic average:
A+ 36%
A- 6%
B+ 8%
B- 1%
AB+ 2%
AB- 1%
O+ 39%
O- 7%

If I had been O+ instead of B+, our survey would be right on track!
 

Tia Valeria

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Camino(s) past & future
Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
Like others we have not been bitten so have not voted. However it will be interesting to see the results and also the comments as to reaction - none/severe and whether that too goes with a particular blood group or type.
Just for the record, as non-bitten, we are A- and A+ (with A- recessive)
 

Suzanne S.

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Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Camino Frances/Muxia/Fisterre (2017) Caminho Portuguese/Fisterre
(2019) Camino del Norte
Like others we have not been bitten so have not voted. However it will be interesting to see the results and also the comments as to reaction - none/severe and whether that too goes with a particular blood group or type.
Just for the record, as non-bitten, we are A- and A+ (with A- recessive)
I, also, am an unbitten A+. For the record...
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
I, also, am an unbitten A+. For the record...
But.... everyone else was bitten when I was, on both occasions (2013 and last Summer). It wasn’t just me. Never thought of asking their blood group though 😂 The only difference was in the reactions to the bites.
 

Kanga

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Bitten and a severe reaction. O positive.
 

GettingThere

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Roncesvalles-SdC Apr-Jun 2015
Roncesvalles-Sarria Sep-Oct 2017
C. Frances sections Apr-Jun 2019
Well... I haven't been bitten (or rather, I haven't reacted to bites - despite finding bugs in my bed once, not on the Camino), but my mother has been bitten once or twice - we have walked the Camino together and shared double rooms. And we are both the same blood type: O+.
 

longwayhome

Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJpdP to Santiago ( Sept-Oct 2018)
I would be interested to know the blood groups of those who HAVENT had a reaction. This is a separate question to whether the bed bugs track down certain blood groups when they are hungry! Whether or not we have been bitten is likely not the only issue . I suspect that only the allergic people will react strongly enough to guarantee they notice the bites. And generally allergic tendencies are much stronger in those with asthma eczema hay fever etc.. Repeated exposure may make the reactions worse too. Blood group and allergic tendencies do not generally correlate. Maybe there is something unique to bed bug bites?
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
I have been bitten on three occasions (two Caminos) and with really severe reaction once (over 200 "bites"). But I don't have the slightest idea what my blood type might be.

Because mosquitos also like me I guess it's B(eer)+ :D

PS (That plus is for "Too much is not enough" ;) )
 

Jodipup

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Camino(s) past & future
del Norte, Primitivo, Finisterre 2014, Portugeuse 2015, Frances 2016,2017, del Norte 2017,
I have also not voted as I have not been bitten. Blood group A+
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Frances 2015;
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I was just thinking...I don't think a bedbug would know ahead of time what blood type a person has. It seems they would have to bite you first anyway to get a "sample", in which case you'd already have been bitten. I think the bigger factor is if or how a person reacts to them. Or maybe how your breath smells when combibed with the CO2...I think they choose to gravitate towards the ones who imbibe the most! 😛 😉😂
 
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Terri B

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1998 St Cuthberts Way, 1999 West Highland Way, 2016 & 2019 SJPDP to Santiago, 2020 Porto to Santiago
B+ and allergic
 

RemysMimi

Hooked on the Camino!!
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2018)
Frances or Portuguese (2020)
Interesting! I’m looking forward to the results of this survey. I haven’t been bitten (and I haven’t voted), so feel free to delete this post.

If blood type is a determining factor, it seems that the bugs should somehow be able to detect the type before they bite or, perhaps, bite and take a sip and then decide if they want the meal. Some research on mosquitoes has suggested, that scent is an important factor for attracting the insects, specifically the combination of CO2 and l-lactic acid (an isomer of lactic acid) and as the amount and composition of those substances can vary among different people, some may appear more attractive to the insect than others.
Is that the case for flies also? They drove me batty on the Camino. (Maybe it was just the BO. It was hotter than Hades some days.)
 

Ivan_Prada

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés-(septiembre 2018)
Portugués-(en planes 2021)??
I have been bitten on three occasions (two Caminos) and with really severe reaction once (over 200 "bites"). But I don't have the slightest idea what my blood type might be.

Because mosquitos also like me I guess it's B(eer)+ :D

PS (That plus is for "Too much is not enough" ;) )
Hey Kinky, this one for you.

Enjoy

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Becky 59

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (May 2018)
Camino Ingles (Aug 2019)
Here's some trivia from a bedbug expert I heard give a talk: only 20% of humans are allergic to and react to bed bug bites, which can makes it tricky to tell when a room is clear of bedbugs. There was no association with blood type.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
I'm curious to know how people KNOW they have been bitten if they have no reaction? Do you sit and watch them bite you? (serious, not being facetious)
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
I'm curious to know how people KNOW they have been bitten if they have no reaction? Do you sit and watch them bite you? (serious, not being facetious)
Maybe the bites are visible but they don't itch?

For example when I counted more than 200 bites over few days that surely couldn't be 70x3 (if you believe that breakfast&lunch&dinner pattern which does happen) bedbugs. I washed and hot aired all my stuff 4 times but bites kept reapearing. That's an reaction/allergy I'd say.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Well, you're close but that's Croatian beer which I like very much and I'll have some in the beginning of next week when I take my parents to the Croatian seaside for a couple of days. Or maybe they are taking me? :D
Cheers!
Ah, the memories! I've been to Dubrovnik, but only for a day; so beautiful and had perfect weather. Lucky you, Kinky...no matter "who takes who"! 😊
 

Ivan_Prada

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés-(septiembre 2018)
Portugués-(en planes 2021)??
Well, you're close but that's Croatian beer which I like very much and I'll have some in the beginning of next week when I take my parents to the Croatian seaside for a couple of days. Or maybe they are taking me? :D
Cheers!
It would be an honor.

Maybe one of these days share a “Pivo” at the shores of Lake Bled and share Camino anecdotes. Pretty country with very nice people. Really enjoyed it.

Until next time. Buen Camino
 

Kiwi-d

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sep/Oct 2014
I'm curious to know how people KNOW they have been bitten if they have no reaction? Do you sit and watch them bite you? (serious, not being facetious)
Some years ago I shared a hotel room in Prague with my husband and son. In the morning my son asked me if there was a scratch on his back, as his father had told him he was bleeding. I realised it was bedbugs and when we looked, the beds were seething, the bloated bugs were visible on the headboard and in the showerbox (after we'd showered). Only my son seemed to have been bitten. He didn't have any reaction. We're all O+. I also experienced bedbugs on the Camino, but didn't appear to have been bitten. The Prague hotel, by the way, was 5 Star, and we had been upgraded. We suspected the room had been closed up for some time.
 

Winggs

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019
This is a great discussion. My question is, what is the best defence for bedbugs as it appears that it is a common problem on the Camino?
 

nidarosa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés 2009+2017, Francés 2012+2018, Astorga-Santiago repeatedly
Check your bed and surroundings, use your flashlight if need be, before you put anything on the bed. If there are bugs, eggs, other signs of them, then tell the hospitaler@ and move on. You can treat your pack, liner etc with permethrin or pyrethrin spray before you leave home, but please don't spray the beds. Or rub some insect repellent on yourself though I'm not sure how much it helps.
 

Winggs

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019
Check your bed and surroundings, use your flashlight if need be, before you put anything on the bed. If there are bugs, eggs, other signs of them, then tell the hospitaler@ and move on. You can treat your pack, liner etc with permethrin or pyrethrin spray before you leave home, but please don't spray the beds. Or rub some insect repellent on yourself though I'm not sure how much it helps.
Thank you great advice
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
This is a great discussion. My question is, what is the best defence for bedbugs as it appears that it is a common problem on the Camino?
Here is a blog post I wrote about it. So far, so good...

 

Terri B

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
1998 St Cuthberts Way, 1999 West Highland Way, 2016 & 2019 SJPDP to Santiago, 2020 Porto to Santiago
I could see three bites on my leg, but they didn't itch
If you're allergic like me, it's not just the itch. The bite starts off small like a mozzie bite and then a huge hot welt appears around each bite, about the size of an Aussie 20 cent piece. The actual bite area then blisters with multiple little blisters all the while itching. If you're a scratcher these then end up scabbed and weeping. The sooner you can use an antihistamine cream the better.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
If you're allergic like me, it's not just the itch. The bite starts off small like a mozzie bite and then a huge hot welt appears around each bite, about the size of an Aussie 20 cent piece. The actual bite area then blisters with multiple little blisters all the while itching. If you're a scratcher these then end up scabbed and weeping. The sooner you can use an antihistamine cream the better.
Yeah, I've seen welts the size of a US Half-Dollar. Lucky for those who aren't allergic and don't swell up.
 

Jim Stinson

ibrew4u
Camino(s) past & future
5/2015 CF
4/2017 CF
5/2019 CF fr Astorga
9/2019 CF fr Astorga
I am a mosquito magnet and have been bitten by mosquitoes with huge welts. My recent Camino I got the mosquitoes, and felt bedbugs on my ankles. Had the telltale 3 bites one both ankles, but no welts or itching.
 

WayWalker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2016
I'm o- and have been bitten but not attacked like some I've seen. I've also had a bad reaction to those few bites.
 

GinaMarie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2010, 2017
I'm another AB- , have not (so far) been bitten by bedbugs.
On the other hand, dog fleas find me irresistable & I have a strong reaction to flea bites.
Mosquitoes .... seems to depend on the species. Not that we ever see any mosquitoes here in Canada 🤣🤣🤣
 

Lavonne Feyen

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago Frances
Is that the case for flies also? They drove me batty on the Camino. (Maybe it was just the BO. It was hotter than Hades some days.)
I was plagued with flies buzzing around my face, arms, and legs until I stopped using a moisturizer before walking. Flies gone!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJPP-Fisterra (2014_18). Burgos-Astorga (2019). Sarria-Santiago (Jan 2020). CF 2020
I’m O- and have been bitten on two separate Caminos🙄 Nasty large bites that took over a week to disappear.
 
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Moorwalker

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Camino(s) past & future
The Saint's Way, Cornwall
I'm A+ and very little bites me. When I do get bitten I rarely get much of a reaction. My partner is also A+ and everything for miles bites him, then he comes out in big lumps.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
What I'm REALLY interested in is those who HAVE been bitten :) and their blood type.
Please be sure to vote if you HAVE been bitten.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
I'm A+ and very little bites me. When I do get bitten I rarely get much of a reaction. My partner is also A+ and everything for miles bites him, then he comes out in big lumps.
So you HAVE been bitten by bedbugs?
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I'm A+ and very little bites me. When I do get bitten I rarely get much of a reaction. My partner is also A+ and everything for miles bites him, then he comes out in big lumps.
Looks like this whole poll has no real answers to gain by it then...blood type seems to have no bearing on if a person gets bit or not...Your answer proves it.
 

RemysMimi

Hooked on the Camino!!
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2018)
Frances or Portuguese (2020)
I was plagued with flies buzzing around my face, arms, and legs until I stopped using a moisturizer before walking. Flies gone!
I am going back in September of 2020. Will definitely try. Although I hate dry skin.
 

jmaltais

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2020)
Interesting! I’m looking forward to the results of this survey. I haven’t been bitten (and I haven’t voted), so feel free to delete this post.

If blood type is a determining factor, it seems that the bugs should somehow be able to detect the type before they bite or, perhaps, bite and take a sip and then decide if they want the meal. Some research on mosquitoes has suggested, that scent is an important factor for attracting the insects, specifically the combination of CO2 and l-lactic acid (an isomer of lactic acid) and as the amount and composition of those substances can vary among different people, some may appear more attractive to the insect than others.
I have a fairly high iron and copper content. I am rarely bitten, even by mosquitoes. I always thought that was the reason. Never been bitten by bed bugs
 

Kanga

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
I always inspect but have still been bitten. It only takes one bed bug...

I'm now into using physical barriers. I use an extra long silk sleeping bag liner, into which I have inserted hat elastic around the rim, pull it up over my head and cinch the elastic tight. So I'm in a shroud. The silk is thin and easy to breath through.
If I need to use my down throw for warmth, I put it inside the sleeping bag liner. I don't want to carry bed bugs away so I keep everything sealed up when near a bed - my pack inside a large dry bag (it is actually a dry bag liner for a large pack, so my small pack fits inside it easily). Clothes etc sorted into separate dry bags for when I need to take them out. Which I try to do when away from the bed or bunks (bathrooms with ceramic tiles are good). A garbage bag and zip lock plastic bags will do instead of dry bags, but they get destroyed pretty quickly.
I also spray my bag with permethrin before leaving home.
It sounds as if I'm obsessed, but when actually on camino it is easy and automatic. Just becomes part of the routine.
 

Moorwalker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Saint's Way, Cornwall
Looks like this whole poll has no real answers to gain by it then...blood type seems to have no bearing on if a person gets bit or not...Your answer proves it.
My answer doesn't prove it by itself, but looking at the responses there really doesn't seem to be anything in common.
 

Dani7

Stop wishing, start doing.
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
When the time is right
The percentages reflect the general percentages of the population’s blood type. For example I can’t take solace that being A- population according to this poll only get bitten 7-8% of the time as this only reflects general blood type breakdowns.
 

ritaj

Active Member
Have been bitten on every (6) camino and have the allergic reaction -- large red itchy areas with blisters filled with pus. I spray my sleeping bag and pack with permethrin but still get bitten. Am A+ and I voted. Sigh.
 

Homefree_Stacy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
I plan on walking the Camino in 2 weeks starting in October 2017
Want to hear something super interesting?

Prior to walking the Camino, I'd never been bit by a bedbug but I've always been an attractive candidate for mosquitoes and I have never been allergic to bee stings.

On the Camino I turned into a bedbug Golden Corral. Tons of bites and I welted up real good.

Then I came home, and was stung by a ground wasp and ended up in the hospital with severe anaphalaxic reaction. Maybe I shouldn't be connecting those dots, but it sure seems suspicious to me.
 

Lynda t

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago May 2010
Lisbon to Santiago May 2012
Not bitten. I believe eating garlic in your diet helps to ward off mosquitoes etc.
 

DyanTX

DyanTX
Camino(s) past & future
CF Sept 22 - Nov 3, 2016
Want to hear something super interesting?

Prior to walking the Camino, I'd never been bit by a bedbug but I've always been an attractive candidate for mosquitoes and I have never been allergic to bee stings.

On the Camino I turned into a bedbug Golden Corral. Tons of bites and I welted up real good.

Then I came home, and was stung by a ground wasp and ended up in the hospital with severe anaphalaxic reaction. Maybe I shouldn't be connecting those dots, but it sure seems suspicious to me.
The chemicals in wasp and bee stings are very different, but wise to take care anyway. http://archive.boston.com/business/articles/2010/05/17/how_do_bee_and_wasp_stings_differ/
 

RRat

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning 2017
I voted. I'm A+, and have been bitten, but did not have a reaction.
I'm A+ also. Three small red spots above my ankle. Didn't even know I had them until during a someone mentioned that they bit in threes and on the lower leg. Lo and behold three red spots. No big deal. Perhaps bedbugs or something else from walking off trail to go potty.
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
someone mentioned that they bit in threes and on the lower leg
They also bite in 1s, 2s, 4s, etc., and on any part of the body that they can access. The point is that they are often multiple bites.

The survey results are close to the distribution of blood types across the population. In other words, the data suggests that bedbugs have no preference.
 
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