Highlands bed bug and (no) breakfast: not so romantic

by nobugsonme on September 18, 2008

in bed bugs, bed bugs and travel, bed bugs in hotels, history, scotland, united kingdom

The Highland News reports a Scottish couple had a nasty bed bug encounter at an Inverness Bed and Breakfast:

James and Natasha Hinchley were woken by the beasties sucking their blood.

Mr Hinchley said: “It was like something out of a horror movie.”

The couple, who live in Glencoe, had come to the Highland capital for a romantic night away.

But the creepy-crawlies put paid to their peaceful night’s sleep at Ardgowan guest house in Fairfield Road.

They got a partial refund and skipped breakfast.
I will spare you the rest of the gory details. You can read about them in the article.

But check this out:

According to Inverness pest control expert Keith Potts, bed bugs are a common problem in hotels and B&Bs.

He said: “This is a huge problem, big scale, and it has been for the past 10-12 years. People don’t talk about it, that’s why you don’t hear much about them. They’re very difficult to get rid of unless you have the proper chemicals.

“They can shut themselves down and they can lie dormant for up to one year. If a hotel shuts down for the winter they can live their quite happily and then become active once a warm body gets into the bed.”

There’s a PCO, from Inverness, declaring bed bugs have been a huge problem for the past 10-12 years.

And just to clarify things, this is not just a problem in hotels and B&Bs. They’re in homes, workplaces, even public transportation. They can come from these places to your home, or the other way round.


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