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Ken woke up on the last day with a little line of bug bites on his leg. We were concerned... We reported it to the front desk; they were slightly alarmed, but I bet their management is going to be panicked.

When we got home, we set about remediation. Our chest freezer is currently full of plastic bags with our clothes. At the maximum setting, it will get down to about -25. Someone did a study, if we keep our stuff at that temperature for 24 hours bedbugs will all be dead. (Hardy little critters!) Of course it actually takes quite a while for the clothes to get all the way that cold, so it'll be another day before we make the freezer accessible again. And the ice cream will be really hard.

Probably there aren't actually any bugs, but better safe than sorry. This seemed easier and better for the clothes than drying them for 2 hours to kill them with heat.

Date: 2019-03-20 05:35 pm (UTC)
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One of my parents' caregivers was bitten, while sitting in the chair near my father's bed. A couple of others spotted bugs. Probably I should have just hauled the chair to the curb and left it at that, but I called an exterminator, who found one (1) dead bed bug, which started the whole chain of events. I had to do all clothing and bedding, beginning with an hour in a hot dryer, then regular wash and dry cycles. I did eight loads. Everybody had to be out of the house for four hours last Wednesday, while he doused all beds, chairs, pillows, cushions, etc. He went back this morning for follow-up treatment #1, and there is a final one next week.
The freezer idea sounds enchanting, but the only freezer they have is the small one on top of the fridge.

Date: 2019-03-22 11:00 pm (UTC)
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A friend and her husband are entomologists. When staying in a hotel, they keep their suitcases in the bathroom, on the theory that if there are bedbugs in the bed, that will keep their clothes etc as safe as possible. I would not have thought of that.

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