Bed Bugs — NO THANKS

October 25, 2012

Freaky

*shudder*

I’m going to New York City on a business trip next month… and it’s an “overnighter.” I haven’t stayed overnight in New York in a few years. Apparently, there’s a bit of a “bed bug” epidemic down there so of course I have a tiny, mild case of FREAKINGOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

I hate bugs. HATE THEM!

When I was newly married, we rented an apartment in a building that allowed pets. We didn’t have any pets, but the neighbors had three indoor/outdoor skeevy-looking cats. Needless to say, the fleas were so bad next door that they spread to our apartment. I would look down at my ankles and see tiny, buzzing black clouds. :wazzat: I am allergic to flea bites so I was one big, walking, inflamed pustule for about 2 months until the building was flea-bombed. Ugh.

ANYWAY.

Fleas are awful. Bed bugs are, like, armageddon. I don’t think I could survive a bed bug in my home. The spiders, ticks, mice, stink bugs, yellow jackets, cinch bugs, carrion beetles, and mosquitoes are ENOUGH to handle in this 160 year-old home. (Yes, we have mosquitoes! I think they come from the sump pump well in the basement. UGH). I don’t think I could handle bed bugs. It would pitch me over the top.

So I’m scouring the web, looking up bed bug prevention. THANK GOD for Pest World (website is http://www.pestworld.org). There’s a whole section devoted to bed bug prevention, including tips for “everyday” prevention and a video on how to check for bed bugs. Before this, I wasn’t sure if I’d have to pack a HAZMAT for the hotel stay…. but apparently prevention isn’t rocket science. One of the most important tips is to check the mattress seams for stains or spots (SHUDDER) and keep the suitcase and ALL personal belongings in a plastic bag or cover.

Me — when I get home — I will also boil my clothing in a big black kettle outside. :ik: You can’t be TOO careful, ykwim.

*help* I’ll let you know how it goes. If you don’t hear from me in a few weeks, please know that the bed bugs got me. Skip the flowers and send donations to my favorite charity. :S

Seriously….. I’m sure I will be OK. I’ve got to get the heavy-duty plastic bags. And a black kettle. I’ll be fine. I’ve checked reviews of the hotel and it looks clean. I think I will be OK. Yep. I’ll be OOOOOOOOkkkkkk.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the National Pest Management Association. The opinions and text are all mine.

Thanks for reading, and may the bugs be always under your feet!

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4 Responses to “Bed Bugs — NO THANKS”

  1. blueyes Says:

    I don’t care if the hotel is 5 stars with brand new spanking sheets from the store. I still won’t be able to sleep well due to the thought of other people sleeping there too.

  2. lin Says:

    I’m with blueyes–hotels freak me out no matter what. I prefer my tent and “god’s dirt” anytime. But, if it is any consolation, we were just in NYC in June and nobody came home with bedbugs. And we had numerous rooms because we were traveling with the band.

    • Rebecca Says:

      Thanks for that, Lin. Yes, I’d forgotten that you were in NYC and came back unscathed. That’s a big relief. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I wish there was some of “God’s dirt” down there to rest my weary head…