Bed Bugs: A Survival Guide
As of January 27, 2015, I can cross BED BUGS off my travel bucket list (no, they certainly weren’t on my list to begin with). I’m also hoping this means I can cross “Grossest Thing to Ever Happen To Me While Traveling EVER” off the list as well.
In case you were wondering, this is a bed bug:
And this is the stages of life for a bed bug:
|If this doesn’t make your skin crawl, we can’t be friends. ICK.|
Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, but you generally won’t ever even see them since they like to hide out during the day and feed at night. They live off of human blood, and can live for up to 10 months without feeding (gross!).
I woke up that morning to find a few insect bites on my arm. The weather in Texas was exceptionally nice that week (80 and sunny – in January!) so I had eaten my lunch outside in the grass the day before, so I thought maybe I got bit by something there. I re-checked the bed for bed bugs (I always do a cursory check when I enter a hotel room) and found *some* evidence, so I snapped a few pictures and sent them to my bed bug and insect infestation expert, my friend Erissa.
|This is the box springs – the mattress was clean. You can also see some evidence of bed bugs on the wall on the bottom right.|
Erissa has had the unfortunate luck of dealing with bed bugs and carpet beetles. She texted back and said it was possible, but not definite, so I didn’t panic. I was scheduled to check out of the hotel that day anyway so I went on to the next stop on my trip.
|Both of these photos were actually taken 8 days later, so it gives you an idea of how bad the bites were. This shows about 1/4 of the bites on my arm.|
Have any of you ever experienced bed bugs? Have any additional tips or advice to share? Post in the comments!