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Bed Bugs And Me

    

When you first start working somewhere, you have no idea how your employer may impact on your life outside the office. Let me give you an example of how working for Rentokil has made me change my habits….

I went to France with a colleague who was doing some research on bed bug treatments as her translator. We went to a youth hostel and a hotel which had both had confirmed infestations – and I have to be honest it was not pleasant. We found, well she found, dead and live specimens, as well as discarded skins following moulting - honestly, it made my stomach turn. The live ones were actually quite big, I was really surprised.

There was “spotting” all over the bed frames, which can look a bit like ink spots to the untrained eye but which I now know to be bed bug excretions of digested blood from a poor unsuspecting victim who only wanted a good nights sleep.

Now, every time I stay in a hotel room – I have to check it for bed bugs. So here are my top tips (something I never thought I would learn whilst at work):

  • before unpacking anything, put your case and bags as far away from the bed/furniture as you can – the bathroom floor is best.
  • Next, pull the bed away from the wall, 6 inches if you can (they can easily hide behind headboards).
  • I also turn up the mattress and do a quick check of the seams and all around any buttons for “spotting”. If you find spotting on the sheets that’s even worse!

To date (touch wood) I haven’t found any, but the day I do I will demand to be moved immediately. And not to a room on the same corridor, or above or below that room as the nasty little bugs can crawl surprisingly far in search of their next meal.

Sweet dreams – don’t let the bed bugs bite!

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6 Comments

  1. Posted February 24, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I am so glad you wrote that! I have started to check the beds / bed sheets in hotel rooms i now stay in, but only since i started to work for Rentokil and learned how nasty these bedbugs can be. I also never ever put my suitcase on the bed anymore. Anyone who reads this piece, should take on board the very sensible advice!

  2. Posted February 25, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    As someone who frequents hotels at the lower end of the price spectrum, that’s some good advice.

    I’ve heard horror stories about people bringing hotel bed bugs back home with them and infesting their houses or other hotels.
    Nasty!

  3. Posted March 2, 2009 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    This is handy stuff to know for me, I’ve done quite a big piece of training on this subject in the last month, but before that I never really looked at it in detail.

    I’ve been lucky as the 2 hotels I’ve run have not been affected by Bed Bugs; but I’ve heard of cases and the little critters are well snide!

  4. Posted March 3, 2009 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Did I hear Caroline say once that when a hotel room is fumigated for bed bugs they have to close off the two neighbouring rooms and the ones above and below it?

  5. CN
    Posted April 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Oh my word, I am now going to have to check every time I stay in a hotel now for bed bugs!! Fab blog though – I do our website at work and have had to research loads of blogs and sites and yours is v impressive!

  6. Posted November 11, 2009 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Another joke…

    Did you hear about the pregnant bedbug? She had her baby in the spring.

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