EXPERIENCE IN HANDLING AND COMBATING SQUEEZE FOR TREKKING PEOPLE - EXPTRAVEL

Each trekking trip in the forest will give trekkers exciting and new experiences. However, if you have to go in the rainy season, no one has ever met or been bitten by a squeezer. This bloodthirsty insect is considered a great fear of many people. Let’s see the article below to have experience in handling and combating squeeze for trekking people, will definitely help you solve this fear!

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1. . WHAT IS SQUEEZING?

Wringing is a creature quite similar in shape to worms and leeches, usually about 2-5cm in length, with a sense of clinging to the head and tail. The normal squeezer may be as small as a toothpick’s head, but when the blood is full, the squeeze can be as big as the tip of the chopsticks. They are usually poorly cold resistant, so they usually exist in tropical rainforests, with temperatures of about 24-28 degrees Celsius.

Forest squeezing usually goes in search of bait between 5-8 a.m. or 17-19 p.m. They usually appear a lot after the rains, when the temperature background drops. They often live concentrated in places with trails, small creeks with many people or animals passing by. They also “ambush” in tree hollows, sinkholes – where animals often hide or nest. Especially, when it rains, squeeze often “clings” somewhere to avoid being washed away by the water. So after the rain, there’s a lot of pressure.

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Squeezing usually occurs when trekking in the forest

Squeezing usually clings to the body, choosing closed areas with a slightly higher body temperature to suck blood. The most vulnerable places are the inguinal, armpits, ankles, behind the knees, ears … Squeezing also often gets inside the shoes, sucking blood on the feet, making many people unaware.

When clinging to the body, the squeeze will secrete hirudin that prevents the blood from clotting so that it can suck blood, causing a feeling of itching and slightly thorny on the skin. If not removed and handled in a timely manner, the squeeze will be able to suck up 8-10 times its body weight, making it difficult for the victim to stop the bleeding and infection of the bite, causing a large phobia for the person who is squeezed. Therefore, effective foresting prevention measures are needed for trekkers.

2. HOW TO PREVENT SQUEEZE WHEN GOING TO THE FOREST

Currently on the market there are many anti-squeeze products when going to the forest effectively, suitable for trekking people. Let’s take a look at some basic and easy-to-use methods for everyone!

2.1. ANTI-SQUEEZE CLOTHING WHEN GOING TO THE FOREST

Some types of anti-squeeze costumes when going to the forest effectively include:

  • Anti-squeezing socks: anti-squeezing socks are one of the effective ways to prevent the penetration of this animal through the pants, shoes, especially squeezing the soil.
  • It is a product that protects your shins from the ankles to the level of the thighs, often used to go to the rain, go to the snow … In this case, it is also very useful to protect you from squeezing.
  • In addition, you should use clothes with wool or nilong material when going to the forest, because squeezing cannot move on these 2 materials more than 10cm. The wool fibers will absorb the viscous dryness on the body of the squeezer, causing this animal to fall on its own quickly.
  • Each person should equip themselves with long-sleeved, discreet clothing, avoiding the opening of the legs, hands, neck, ears – high temperature areas of the body because it is easy to attract squeeze into the bite.
experience in handling and combating squeeze
Anti-squeeze trekking costumes – experience in handling and combating squeeze

2.2. USE ANTI-SQUEEZING DRUGS WHEN GOING TO THE FOREST

– Some anti-squeeze measures when going to the forest in folk, easy to find are soap, eucalyptus oil, salt, lime, vinegar, lemon,…

– In addition, you can find anti-squeezing drugs at the pharmacy such as DEP drugs, DEET insect repellents.

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Anti-squeezing drugs needed when trekkeng

– To effectively use these anti-squeezing drugs, you need to apply the drug carefully both inside the body as well as outside the costume because this animal exists quite a lot in the forest and always seeks to get into the body through loopholes.

Therefore, it is recommended to apply medicine throughout the body, and spray the drug in addition to shoes, socks, clothes to ensure that the squeeze cannot penetrate and harm you. It is an effective measure to prevent squeezing when going to the forest.

2.3. BE CAREFUL WHEN MOVING AND CAMPING TO RESIST SQUEEZING WHEN GOING TO THE FOREST

Here are some notes you need to apply to combat squeezing when going to the forest:

  • Do not rest your feet or sit in dense, humid places as it is the preferred environment of the squeezer.
  • It is recommended to bring carpets or sheets, limiting direct contact with the ground.
  • If you intend to camp in the forest, clean up and scare off the squeeze at the camping site by wiping out rotting leaves, sprinkling salt around, or spraying insect repellent, smoking before setting up a tent.
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Camping in the forest restricts squeezing

3. TIPS FOR QUICK HANDLING WHEN SQUEEZED

3.1. THE TECHNIQUE OF REMOVING SQUEEZE PROPERLY

– DO NOT: Remove by pulling hard with your hands, using salt, fire, or chemicals. Because the squeeze will secrete fluid in the intestines, causing the bite to become infected, which is very long gone.

– HOW TO REMOVE THE SQUEEZE PROPERLY: Use your fingertips to tighten the skin and brush off the bloodsucking head (small head) of the squeeze, then brush the other end, then quickly flick away before it sticks back to the finger.

* NOTE IN THE PROCESS OF REMOVING THE SQUEEZE:

When it is detected that there is a squeeze on the body, gently remove its bloodsucking proboscis from the body. Check your whole body to see if there are any more squeezers. Because when plugging the suction proboscis, the squeezer also simultaneously secretes substances that make the wound paralyzed and do not feel the pain.

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Treat cuts from squeezing when trekking in the forest

So chances are there are other squeezes on your body that you can’t feel. However, do not panic when you find, the squeeze is non-toxic and they do not carry pathogens. They are usually quite easy to remove and will not cause long-term harm.

– In case the squeeze has sucked too much blood on the body, do not rush to pull it out immediately because it is easy to tear larger wounds, or can cause skin infections. Gently use your fingernails to pick up sharp objects such as credit cards, knives … to remove the bloodsucking proboscis on the body and give timely first aid.

3.2. HOW TO HANDLE A SQUEEZED BITE THAT BLEEDS A LOT

When the squeezer clings, they inject anticoagulants to prevent the blood from clotting before they can suck into the body. When you remove a squeezer, the wound can then bleed for several hours or even days. Therefore, it is necessary to proceed with the treatment of the bite carefully as follows:

– Remove in front of a swab or medical tape

Wash the wound thoroughly with clean water.

Press the wound’s mouth with your thumb so that the blood stops flowing.

– Tape to the bite mark

Every 30 minutes of checking the wound, change the bandages if necessary. Pay attention to hygiene, especially if you walk in the jungle, open wounds will be susceptible to infection.

Anti-squeezing when going to the forest
Treat cuts from squeezing when trekking in the forest

During trekking in the forest, especially in the rainy season, it will be inevitable that insects such as squeezes will be avoided. However, just equip yourself with basic protective equipment and methods of first aid for wounds and properly, you can protect yourself.

With the anti-squeeze experience when going to the forest and the tips for quick handling when being bitten mentioned above, hopefully after the reference will help you much to enjoy the trip without having to worry too much about the squeeze.

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