According to Yahoo! News, some Swiss Army recruits are battling a valiant foe: bed bugs in infantry training school dormitories:
The defense department said Monday that a parents’ day event planned for July 16 is being cancelled because bedbugs have appeared in dormitories and fabrics used by three companies at an infantry training school in several parts of French-speaking Switzerland.
It said no one’s health was in danger but “several recruits had bites typical of bedbugs.”
(Remember, though, that you can’t diagnose bed bugs from skin reactions, because they don’t look different from skin reactions caused by other pests and non-pest causes. These photos of bed bug bites show some examples. Instead of trying to diagnose bed bug bites, look for visual signs of bed bugs: bed bugs, cast skins, eggs and fecal stains. Our bed bug photos may help!)
According to Yahoo! News, the affected Swiss Army dormitories are undergoing treatment by “specialists”, and the affected companies won’t travel to the planned Parents Day celebrations on July 16th, for fears of contaminating others.
The summer of 2016 is still young — what other parties will the mahogany-hued army ruin this year? Hopefully not yours. But if you’re struggling, please come to our forums for support and suggestions.
A tip of the hat to forum regular BigDummy, who alerted me to this story.
Bed bugs have previously affected all kinds of living spaces, including US Marine Base Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina, in 2010,