We Got Bed Bugs on a School Field Trip That Included a Hotel Stay

I remember when our little girl was sent home by the nurse because she had head lice. Now that was super embarrassing. We have a nice apartment that we keep perfectly clean. I’m actually a clean freak according to my husband and our little girl. The nurse said our little one picked them up in school and that it was as common as kids catching a cold from one another. It has nothing to do with hygiene or cleanliness. Then we got bed bugs. Talk about devastating to my pride! However, a company that provides bed bug control in NYC told me that they were brought into our home. They did not originate there.

As the exterminator did his job getting rid of the bed bugs he asked me about recent travel. The only thing that came to mind was a school trip out of state for a spelling championship our little girl was in. The contestants from the school all went on the same flight, and we all stayed in the same hotel. It was a nice place. Not a five-start hotel, but it wasn’t a dive either. It was really clean and had a nice restaurant and even an indoor swimming pool that the kids went crazy over. The exterminator said that is where we most likely picked up the bed bugs.

We brought them home on our clothes. Then they took up residence in our bedroom feeding off of us in the night. Is that creepy or what? It just makes me shudder thinking about it. They were in our bedroom and our little girl’s. It was the bites on her that alerted me that there was a problem. My husband always has bites because he works as a park ranger. I had a couple tiny marks on my leg that I chalked up to mosquito bites. Well, they weren’t.

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