One of the most interesting things, about Caryn’s post, was where she compared how the infestation was treated, who was expected to pay, and what treatment protocol the PCO laid out, in 2004 vs. now. It’s clear from what she writes that things have changed a lot in many ways. Word is getting out. For example:
2004: From the little information I could find about bedbugs on the Internet at the time, I learned that it was probably going to take more than one extermination. But I couldn’t find a single story of someone who had successfully beaten bedbugs and how they did it. (Which was largely my inspiration for documenting my own story.) So I could only guess. I was given a hard time about getting them to come second and third times. They needed to see proof that I still had bedbugs.
2007: In my first conversation with the exterminator, he explained that they would be sending someone three times: a thorough first extermination, a lighter follow-up one week later, and then a final extermination along the baseboards three weeks after the second visit.
Caryn may live in an area where PCOs have seen a lot of bed bugs in those three years (remember, we’re still hearing from people in areas where they’re the first person to call their PCO about bed bugs.) Nevertheless, this is good progress. Caryn also does a nice outline all the other ways in which it’s different this time.
Unlike Bedbugger, Caryn’s blog was never just a bed bug blog. It was a blog, period. And bed bugs took over for awhile in 2004, like they do your home. They’re back, but hopefully not for long.
When we all get rid of our bed bugs, I am going to start posting photos of my summer vacation, book reviews, and recipes. Let’s hope that day comes soon.
A few people noticed the drawing in the banner and asked about it. I got tired of the photo that was prevously there, and badly pixellated. The new banner was drawn by me, and not, in fact, by an actual trained 7-year old graphic designer. All I’m going to say about that is there’s a reason I am a writer, not an artist.