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Offline jimbocz

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Bed Bugs!
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:57:27 AM »
Last night I went out drinking with some friends, and rented a cheap hotel room so I could stay over in London.  That morning at breakfast, some guy was moaning about bed bugs and had taken a picture of one on his bed.  I got a bit worried and went back up to check my bed and sure enough I found two good sized bugs.  Blah!
I'm not sure exactly what they were because I thought proper bed bugs were tiny, like sand.  These were bigger, like a long skinny tick.  Maybe they are something else?

Anyway, I am going to have to immediately wash all my clothes and everything as soon as I get home.  It's gonna suck if they get in our house.  I don't think the wife will be pleased no matter what happens.

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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2017, 12:02:51 PM »
Could be some form of body lice.
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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2017, 12:08:21 PM »
Heeehheeee! Sorry Jim! What a nightmare!  ;D

Did you take a pic, maybe we have an entomology expert here that could do the indentification?
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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2017, 12:10:27 PM »
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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2017, 01:08:31 PM »
No, I didn't take any pictures, I wish I had now.
It had better not be body lice, is that even a thing any more?  If I have to tell my wife that I've got a case of the crabs, I'm going to have to move in with SOS.

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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2017, 01:11:36 PM »
No, I didn't take any pictures, I wish I had now.
It had better not be body lice, is that even a thing any more?  If I have to tell my wife that I've got a case of the crabs, I'm going to have to move in with SOS.

Please stop.... I can't breathe!!!     ;D  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2017, 01:18:28 PM »
Just reading the trip advisor reviews, many of them mention the bugs. 

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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2017, 01:34:55 PM »
If you haven't returned home yet, I recommend sealing off anything you brought into the hotel room in a plastic bag.  When you get home, put all clothing directly into the washer, and wash at the highest heat setting, then tumble dry at high heat.  If you had a bag or luggage, it needs to be quarantined as well.  It's winter, so they can survive longer without a meal... up to several months.  If you can find a way to fumigate your things, do it.

This is the time to prevent bringing them into your home.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/top-10-myths-about-bed-bugs/
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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2017, 01:37:03 PM »
I read that same article.  Too bad I don't have a tumble dryer, but I guess the condenser thing could work. 

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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2017, 01:39:27 PM »
This is going to look so dodgy, coming back from a night out in London and immediately putting all my clothes in the washing machine.  I'm not looking forward to this. 

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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2017, 01:55:18 PM »
This is going to look so dodgy, coming back from a night out in London and immediately putting all my clothes in the washing machine.  I'm not looking forward to this.

Oh dear.  But I'd much rather deal with a suspicious wife than a bed bug infestation.  Do what you need to do to protect your home.
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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2017, 02:56:43 PM »
Bed bugs are apple seed shaped usually, but there are plenty of bugs that can end up in hotels. The shape you describe sounds possibly like a carpet beetle larvae? Ick I'd probably burn everything

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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2017, 03:05:22 PM »
Definitely not carpet beetles, thanks for playing though. 
I guess it's good that I found another picture of a bed bug and it still doesn't look like it.  He was kind of squished and I didn't have my glasses on.

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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2017, 03:06:48 PM »
I am certainly going to wash everything and then steam it dry for 5 hours, including my shoulder bag.  If it falls apart, I don't care.

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Re: Bed Bugs!
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2017, 03:08:08 PM »

I'm not sure exactly what they were because I thought proper bed bugs were tiny, like sand.  These were bigger, like a long skinny tick.  Maybe they are something else?

Bed bugs?

Cat fleas (carriied on clothes)?

Pubic lice (Phthirus pubis)? From the NHS site-

As well as being found in pubic hair, the lice are also sometimes found in:

    underarm and leg hair
    hair on the chest, abdomen and back
    facial hair, such as beards and moustaches
    eyelashes and eyebrows (very occasionally)

Pubic lice are spread through close bodily contact, most commonly sexual contact.

Other types of close bodily contact, such as hugging and kissing, can also spread the lice.

It's also possible – though much rarer – for pubic lice to be spread through sharing clothes, towels and bedding.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pubic-lice/

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